Maris Lauri: Never judge a person by what language they are speaking or what nationality they are!
I would like to remind you that the war against Ukraine is Putin’s war. The people living with us in Estonia and speaking Russian can be Russians, Ukrainians, Armenians, Jews, Maris, Komis, or Karelians. Language does not determine mentality! There are supporters of Putin even among Estonians.
Many Russian speakers are confused, perhaps embarrassed and in pain. Let us help them if necessary: let us explain and allow them to make sense of things on their own. Let us be helpful and understanding!
Never judge a person by what language they are speaking or what nationality they are! Never! This is one thing that determines whether you are a good person or not.
Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia