Rakvere Estonia

Estonia has only been independent since 1991. It has been occupied by many countries in the last centuries - and was an occupied territory under Russian control from the end of World War 2 up until 1991. During that period the population changed from being approx 75% Estonian to approx 50% Estonian - Russian citizens were brought into the country to replace the deported Estonians. Russia "relocated" two hundred thousands people from the Baltic States to the Siberian Gulags. Any influential citizens, wealthy farmers (ie those who owned more than 30 acres of land or had ever employed a farm labourer), officers in the armed forces, politicians, jews and enemies of the state - and their entire families, were transported in cattle trucks. Over 40% of these relocated people died of malnutrition and disease. After Stalin's death some were allowed to return to their homelands. The Russian influence with its utilitarian architecture is obvious throughout the area.
Gorgeous colours
posted September 18th, 2018  
Strong colours and lovely composition with the reflections. Your posts are so interesting Rob, I didn't know about this period in Estonia's history.
posted September 18th, 2018  
Great image Rob... good pov and colors.. and great info as usual :) fav
posted September 18th, 2018  
posted September 18th, 2018  
@rosie00 Hi Lesley - we didn't either - it's been really educational - it makes your heart cry to hear what these countries have been through. And, as an aussie, it really makes you appreciate not having a shared border with another country!!
posted September 18th, 2018  
@madeinnl Hi Ko - thanks for the Fav - that's very kind of you. I liked this shot because it shows the building which we think must have been the gate house for the castle - and then the type of industrial, utilitarian building that appeared in the Russian regime - such a contrast. :)
posted September 18th, 2018  
@robz yes, these old Soviet are all so uber ugly... but like you say, the contrast is enormous... that makes the picture i guess :)
posted September 18th, 2018  
Thank you for sharing the history Rob, love the colours in the buildings
posted September 19th, 2018  
Stalin and the USSR have a lot to answer for.
posted September 19th, 2018  
Such a juxtaposition- and so much evil done. History is replete with it. It's ironic the sunlight casts such a pretty light on the architecture that represents it. Good shot.
posted September 23rd, 2018  
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