The state needs warships, helicopters and coastal radar network
Estonia lacks an exhaustive image of what is happening in its territorial waters. Maritime defence is fragmented between three institutions, which can perform only a small amount of approximately fifty tasks, Estonia’s first detailed maritime security report reveals.
27.12.2016, Oliver KundPM
Russian ex-minister takes entry ban to Estonia's top court
Russia's former nationalities minister Valery Tishkov who was prohibited from entering Estonia two years ago has contested the Tallinn circuit court's decision which deemed his entry ban lawful in the Supreme Court of Estonia.
Estonia buys new border guard plane for EUR 19 mln
The Estonian Interior Ministry signed an agreement on Tuesday to buy a Beechcraft King Air 350 surveillance aircraft for the border guard from the Swedish company Bromma Air Maintenance AB for slightly over 19 million euros.
Two border guards drown at sea
Tuesday night, an accident took the lives of two patrolling border guards near coast of Haapsalu, West Estonia.
Like neighbours, Estonia to lay down a frontier zone
Within years, the Estonian Eastern border modernised for €71m will after the example of neighbours get a frontier zone with specific requirements, says interior minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform). While width is not yet decided, border guards will gain richer information of what is happening near the border, and whoever goes there will be better scrutinized.
02.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Half hundred Vietnamese «creatively» smuggled into Estonia
Prosecutor confirms hunt after human traffickers caught last week near border with 11 Vietnamese actually begun last November when 15 Vietnamese got smuggled into Estonia and two gang members arrested.
20.04.2016, Nils NiitraPM
By phone, police threatened of repeat of Paris events in Narva
In Estonia, the initial serious repercussion of Friday's terrorist events came in less than 24 hours. From, Narva, alarm centre received a phone call from a man promising to repeat everything what had just transpired on the streets of Paris.
16.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: is Schengen dead?
We're living in a world where virtual reality sometimes feels more real than life itself. When nations which have agreed to do away with internal borders restore border checks due to influx of refugees, can we speak about Schengen treaty still valid? True: it does allow border control in certain situations and we can still travel freely from Tallinn to Lisbon with ID-card only, so both de jure and de facto if feels business as usual. But... is it?
International airport idea near Narva faces Russia fear headwinds
Citing security concerns, interior ministry hesitates to award border and customs control operations to the tiny Olgina Airfield near Narva which wishes to receive private planes flown by Russia's rich.
14.10.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Border guard shoots himself in police station, dies in hospital
At 3:25 pm yesterday, a senior border guard official of Haapsalu police station shot himself while Police and Border Guard (PPA) internal audit presented him suspicion in offence against a person. Fatally injured, the man afterwards died in hospital.
17.09.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Parties: compulsion no option
Postimees asked heads of all parliamentary factions: if local governments do not wish to receive refugees and the state cannot force them to, should something be altered in the law to find homes for immigrants, or what would be the solution?
09.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian president: State already too thin in internal security
The state has been allowed to become already too thin when it comes to internal security, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Wednesday.
Sister and brother battle bother on border
A daily task for Estonia's border guards is phone calls to parents from airport to check if it's okay for their kids to leave the country - the mom and dad have forgotten to «attach» a letter of permission. But even that may not suffice, as a paper acceptable in Estonia may spell suspicion in child abduction to an adult escort elsewhere.
14.08.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: parental permit needed to travel the world
Mothers and fathers sending off kids to travel alone must know that in lots of nations the requirement is to verify the parents are aware, and in agreement. First of all, this is to protect the children and is better obeyed.
Govt to start making offers to owners of land plots on Estonian-Russian border
Four in five owners of land on the Estonian-Russian border have given their consent to clearing their land on the border strip of trees and bushes and the Interior Ministry will start making offers to buy the land at the end of this month.
Rajavartija* keeps close eye on East-Estonian border
Narva border point. Across the bridge, there comes a car with Russian number plates. The man behind the wheel exits, heads for the window and hands documents to a border guard.
23.04.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Estonian border guards detain 3 Nepalese citizens hidden in van
Estonian border guards on Saturday intercepted an attempt by three Nepalese nationals to secretly enter the country in a van in Polva County, southeastern Estonia.
Three Estonian ice fishers go into Russian territory by mistake
Russian border guards on Thursday detained and handed over to Estonia three Estonian men who had entered Russia by mistake while trying to return to a place where they had been fishing the day before.
Pay of €1,000 a month not «police magnet» enough
In the interview underneath, Police and Border Guard Board Northern Prefecture prefect Kristian Jaani shares about shortcomings in fighting home violence and why pawn shops should ban cash.
21.01.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Thousands of officials required to report trips to Russia
Already, thousands of state officials are required to report of intent to unofficially travel to Russia. Rather often, the journey is preceded by a conversation at Security Police (the Kapo), and occasionally followed by another talk once back home again.
07.01.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Lawyer: Kohver no use to Russia as prisoner
On upcoming Saturday, Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver «celebrates» three months sharp in a Russian jailhouse. This Christmas and New Year will be the last for Mr Kohver in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, believes his lawyer Yevgeni Aksyonov.
04.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Court hands non-suspended jail terms to Russian anglers who resisted arrest
The Viru County Court on Thursday handed down non-suspended sentences to two Russian citizens who resisted arrest by Estonian border guards after illegally entering Estonian waters by boat on Narva River in September.
Russian border guard quits cooperation with Estonia
At the beginning of November, former Border Guard Board director-general Vice-Admiral Tarmo Kõuts and University of professor emeritus Ülo Vooglaid handed the Riigikogu a collective address to restore standalone Border Guard. According to interior minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform Party), the idea ought to at least be discussed.
12.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian man detained on Lithuanian-Polish border for smuggling Vietnamese nationals
Border guards detained an Estonian citizen near the Lithuanian-Polish border Thursday on an attempt to take four illegal immigrants from Vietnam across the border to Poland, spokespeople for the Lithuanian border guard service said on Friday.
Lawyer for Kohver hands FSB new materials
Yesterday, Eston Kohver’s defence lawyer claimed he failed to receive all documents from Estonia needed to help prove his client’s innocence.
28.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russia to have backside of Narva River
In the name of a boundary line more logical, Estonia intends to hand over a natural beach it possesses at Russia’s edge.
14.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: sensing security
Does the (eastern) border hold? was the question publicly raised by security police officer Eston Kohver hauled away over it. Controversially perhaps, the event – in all likelihood a special operation by Russia – may not reflect what the people now feel. But though the Kohver case in itself was no proof on tightness of border, it did unearth the tight spots: for years, the border and its protection have ceased to be priority enough, and now need added care and money.
The cordon that Russians never left
A 20 years long Estonian-Russian tussle regarding embassy buildings this year wound up with a 99 years contract pursuant to which Estonia may rent land under its Moscow embassy for a token price while Russia, among other things, is able to use the one-time Soviet border guard cordon in Pirita, Tallinn.
22.09.2014, Oliver KundPM
Security Police «for now excludes political motives for kidnapping officer»
According to Security Police director-general Arnold Sinisalu, KAPO is for now excluding a political motivation for the kidnapping of our officer at the Estonian-Russian border.
05.09.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Truck driver turns in refugees, gets hefty fine
In the eyes of Andres Tammel, transport business from Saaremaa, British border guards did him plain wrong by fining the firm €3,300 for carrying illegal immigrants. Though his Estonian truck driver turned the people in at port, the Brits say try and prove it – after the event.
13.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Ship guards: invited over, at gunpoint
The men held in Indian jail close to half year say they’ve never been interrogated, neither has any official substantiated their arrest.
07.04.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Attempts to cross border with false documents on rise
Attempts to cross the Estonian border with false documents have markedly increased this year whereas sneaking across the border remains at the previous year's level.
Three top officials selected
Border Guard will come under the leadership of Rando Kruusmaa, up to now employed by Ministry of the Interior, whose long-term service relationship with Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) was suspended until 2016. The most visible victory of the man, working in border guard since 1995, has been the disappearance of long lines of vehicles from the Eastern border.
03.07.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Border guards capture human smuggler, illegals in southern Estonia
Border guards on Sunday captured some Vietnamese who were trying to illegally cross the border from Russia to Estonia and a man with Russian citizenship who was trying to smuggle them in near Varska in southeastern Estonia.
Border Guard boss becomes first victim of new director general
Elmar Vaher, new director general of Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), is putting together his team, the first top level victim being Border Guard chief Tõnu Hunt (47), heading for diplomatic duties in Moscow.
21.06.2013, Risto Berendson