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The riots that erupted in the Estonian capital after the removal of a Soviet-era WWII memorial from central Tallinn will not be repeated and calm is returning to society, Estonia's police chief said Sunday.
TALLINN, May 6 (RIA Novosti) - The riots that erupted in the Estonian capital after the removal of a Soviet-era WWII memorial from central Tallinn will not be repeated and calm is returning to society, Estonia's police chief said Sunday.

The memorial, commemorating Soviet soldiers who fought against Nazi Germany during WWII, was taken from central Tallinn to the city's outskirts on April 27. The controversial relocation sparked protests among members of Estonia's Russian community in Tallinn, where one person was killed and more than a hundred injured in clashes with police.

"During the forthcoming week, the police will continue its tight security measures. But many signs suggest that the April events will not be repeated," Raivo Aeg said.

The relocation of the Bronze Soldier statue angered officials in Moscow, who described it as an act of blasphemy.

Earlier this week, pro-Kremlin youth groups held violent protests outside Estonia's embassy in Moscow, prompting Estonian authorities to briefly suspend the consular section's operations and evacuate some of the diplomatic staff.

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