Topped by green, onion-domed cupolas, the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral overlooks the center of Tallinn, a reminder of Estonia's two centuries of domination by the Russian Czars. Last week a crowd of more than 1,000 gathered at the church portico to demonstrate support for the Estonian supreme soviet, or parliament, as it joined in a battle of wills with Moscow. Near the cathedral steps, an elderly woman clutched a pennant of blue, black and white, the colors of the long-banned Estonian flag. Students in blue and crimson visored caps unfurled banners. NO TO COLONIAL LAWS read a sign in Cyrillic lettering.


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