Governor of Central Tallinn borough to quit after conviction becomes final
The governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, Alar Naame, is about to tender his resignation now that a court's verdict finding him guilty of embezzlement has taken effect.
Arrested editor of Tallinn TV was released Wednesday evening
Mart Ummelas, the editor of Tallinn TV (TTV) arrested together with the municipally owned television station's manager Toomas Lepp as part of an embezzlement inquiry on Wednesday morning, was released on the evening of the same day.
Lepp suspected of embezzling money for talk show
Suspicions brought against Tallinn TV (TTV) director Toomas Lepp suggest he turned the channel's „Club of Free Thought“ (Vaba Mõtte Klubi) program into a hidden cash machine by selling the talk show to his own television channel through an acquaintance's shell company while having TTV pick up the production costs.
08.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Veronica Anghel: take corrupt Romanian politicians, keep the corrupt Romanian parties
Romanian politicians tend to go down with a bang. Or, more accurately, with the slam of a prison door, preferably on camera. The ethical standards to which politicians are romantically upheld are in total contrast to the displays of corruption and dishonesty to which we are daily witnesses. Add to this their hope for more likely electoral victories through false promises and indifferent speeches and it’s like asking for a shovel when you are already on the bottom of the pit… The greatest damage being done is not to themselves, but to the faith of citizens in the political party – the backbone of democratic governance. In order to restore it, both voters and politicians need to lower their expectations from this relationship.
12.10.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
Local governments protecting thieves
While local government figures whose prosperity grows out of corruption might be convicted in court, they often get to keep embezzled assets. The reason for this is rather prosaic: fellow party members and friends in the community office simply won't demand the return of assets stolen from the community.
07.09.2016, Oliver KundPM
Ljudmilla Jantsenko takes over as acting mayor of Kohtla-Jarve
Jevgeni Solovjov, whose conviction for graft has become final, stopped serving in the position of mayor of Kohtla-Jarve on Tuesday and under the city's bylaws the duties are performed in an ad-interim capacity by Deputy Mayor Ljudmilla Jantsenko, regional newspaper Pohjarannik said.
Kohtla-Jarve mayor to be recalled after sentence becomes final
Jevgeni Solovjov, mayor of the northeast Estonian industrial city of Kohtla-Jarve whose conviction of a corruption offense became final on Monday, is set to leave the office of mayor.
Port of Tallinn special audit comes with conflict of interests
Hired to audit the corruption nest at Port of Tallinn by high-ranking Reform Party cadres, in a later private court dispute law office Sorainen made a discount to one of the politicians who hired it, documents show. Partly, the reduced bill was paid by Reform Party but those involved detect no conflict of interests.
15.07.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: driving tests driven off country roads
By the time the Republic turns 100 years old, Road Administration is intent to do driving tests in the toughness of city streets only.
Editorial: the evasiveness of stepping down
A politician found guilty of offence related to office ought not to keep his post like nothing happened. Even so, the next convicted Centre cadre and city district elder Alar Nääme «sees no need for stepping down.»
Tallinn city centre elder convicted of embezzlement
Yesterday, Harju County Court judged Tallinn City Centre elder Alar Nääme (Centre Party) guilty of organizing an election event for city money. The verdict was a pecuniary punishment. In Estonian legal practice, this was a first.
01.07.2016, Karin KangroPM
In Estonia, the corrupt perceived to «know how to live»
While investigators reach big stuff uncovering corruption action has regrettably been taken to protect those accepting bribes says interior ministry vice chancellor Erkki Koort.
29.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Suspected in corruption, hospital CEO steps down
Yesterday, North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH) head Tõnis Allik announced his resignation. The council discusses procedure for finding a replacement next week.
16.06.2016, Marge TubalkainPM
Hanso: Kremlin itself is turning Ukraine into a Western nation
In Brussels yesterday, defence minister Stepan Poltorak faced the press after the NATO-Ukraine committee session. The first question, a sharp one, was by a countryman: «Isn't controversial that our army is being reformed by the same people who ruined it for 24 years?»
16.06.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Police advises limit on hospital chiefs term of office
Inspired by the PERH head case smelling of corruption, Central Criminal Police issued memorandum to social ministry asking them to consider setting time limit on term of office of hospital heads.
On «business trips», hospital head holidayed with wife
A veteran Estonian hospital chief, Tõnis Allik the CEO of North Tallinn Regional Hospital (PERH) has made five business trips abroad of doubtful character and leading to criminal suspicion.
14.06.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Foreign minister of Ukraine stresses need for greater European support
With the return of Nadezhda Savtchenko a big win for Ukraine, there are other political prisoners in Russia, Crimea and Donbas who must be fought for said Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, talking to Postimees in Tallinn yesterday.
Who said what to Port of Tallinn investigation committee?
At Port of Tallinn, Allan Kiil and Ain Kaljurand made deals as their hearts desired. Economy ministers admit that the council manned according to political party interests was never competent enough. Mr Kiil and Mr Kaljurand held sway over council and internal audit alike.
09.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Leaked report points to disarray at Port of Tallinn top
After seven months of work, Port of Tallinn investigation committee at Riigikogu concludes that due to political interests the vital state enterprise has been mismanaged for years.
24.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Police detain head of maintenance of Port of Tallinn
Officers of the Internal Security Service (ISS) last week detained Martin Paide, head of maintenance at the state-owned port company Port of Tallinn, Postimees said on Thursday.
20.05.2016, Postimees.ee / BNSPM
Editorial: don't pay the ferryman until he gets you to the other side ...
...And then the ferryman said,There is trouble ahead, So you must pay me now (don't do it), You must pay me now (don't do it), And still that voice came from beyond, Whatever you do, Don't pay the ferryman, Don't even fix a price, Don't pay the ferryman, Until he gets you to the other side.
-Chris de Burgh
Editorial: one small step for an officer, one giant leap for the society
A Defence League officer refusing a bribe, though small, sends a strong message.
Editorial: the inequality commissioner
Backscratching. In one form or another, it does exist in all of today's societies, West included. Even so, there is this overall consensus in the West that ethically and morally nepotism is to be deplored in governmental structures and at posts requiring creativity and high qualification. In numerous countries, preferring friends and relatives is forbidden by law and earnestly fought against. In Poland, for instance, all civil servants are required to notify their employer who of their relatives are in business. If they do not, fines or sacking may follow.
Former equality commissioner under curruption investigation
Corruption crimes department at Central Criminal Police is investigating conflict of interests by former gender equality commissioner Mari-Liis Sepper (37) who while in office entered into legal assistance contract with her brother Kalle-Kaspar Sepper (36) and the latter's law office.
18.04.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: politician's hands
1948 saw premiere of play by Jean-Paul Sartre named «Dirty Hands», political drama played out in a fictitious Balkan state during WW2. A key hero is communist leader Hoederer who opts to cooperate with foes in order to secure his party a place in the government.
Estonia climbs three places on corruption perception scoreboard
Estonia ranks 23rd worldwide, three places higher than last year, in the 21st edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International on Wednesday.
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Notes point at Ain Kaljurand pocketing a million
State prosecutor's office and security police are brainstorming over options to use, in the Port of Tallinn executive management criminal case, notes at the disposals of investigators showing the criminal income of port's boss Ain Kaljurand thrice as large as formerly thought.
14.01.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Kiil and Kaljurand exit prison to be electronically eyed
Yesterday, Harju County Court agreed to release former Port of Tallinn board members Ain Kaljurand Allan Kiil from custody, replacing it with electronic surveillance.
06.01.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: the Kremlin TV show
In an interview to Postimees in November, a leading Russian media expert Valeri Solovei said he had no idea when the state propaganda effect would weaken on Russia's society but he guessed there would be a glitch in the system someday. Looks like this is troubling the very leaders in Russia in these days of dark clouds gathering on home turf. The grumbling is growing louder. Increasingly, protest actions pop up in various corners of Russia.
Vehicles technically okayed for bribes
In October and end of November, Central Criminal Police detained five technical inspectors in Tallinn and Sillamäe suspected in repeated acceptance of bribed ans falsification of documents.
03.12.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonia's top court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The ruling of the first tier Harju county court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation, upheld by the Tallinn Circuit Court in October, has been cleared also by the Supreme Court, which has refused to handle an appeal by Savisaar's lawyer Oliver Naas.
Parish governments come under Central Criminal Police scrutiny
Parish leaders used to lack of control are being targeted by police, and criminal proceedings are coming down like a pouring rain. Central Criminal Police corruption crimes bureau chief Mati Ombler says spread of corruption depends on attitude towards the vice in society.
01.12.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Polish shipbuilder doesn't agree with corruption allegation
The Polish shipbuilder Remontowa Shipbuilding does not agree with the suspicion filed by prosecutors in Estonia that two members of their management have given a bribe to former managers of the Estonian state owned company Port of Tallinn to win a tender to build ferries for routes connecting the mainland and Estonia's big western islands.
Estonian prosecutors declare 2 Poles suspects in Port of Tallinn corruption probe
The Estonian Prosecutor General's Office has filed suspicions against two managers of a Polish shipbuilding company as part of the corruption investigation relating to the state owned company Port of Tallinn, spokespeople for the chief prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.
Ukraine to charge Yanukovych by default in leading criminal group
In near future, Ukrainian prosecutor’s office is charging former President Viktor Yanukovych by default in organising a criminal group, Ukraine’s prosecutor general Viktor Shokin tells Postimees in interview.
13.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: more stolen or more found out?
The abundance of corruption cases discovered in Estonia recently is subject to varying interpretations. The simple one would be that corruption is on the rise. The other is praising the investigators for job well done.
Cup of corruption running over
The latest cases of corruption on topmost political level raise the issue of how rotten is the state of Estonian political and economic elite, and how adequate are the investigative bodies to find it out.
10.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Young woman repeatedly flunked by examiners under criminal suspicion
With details emerging about the driving test examiners criminally suspected beginning to emerge, the ones examined by such are justified in asking how they can be sure they were not being flunked intentionally for the purpose of personal gain.
03.11.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: The Fall of Corruption
This fall, hardly a week goes by with no corruption case popping into public limelight. The former Port of Tallinn bosses. The Mayor of Tallinn suspected in accepting bribes. The incidents at local governments… The latest? Driving licence tests bribery suspicions at Road Administration, and a «passport mafia» network built on Police and Border Guard Board people.
Kohtla-Jarve mayor found guilty of corruption not to resign
Jevgeni Solovjov, mayor of the northeast Estonian city of Kohtla-Jarve who was on Wednesday found guilty of corruption, does not consider himself to be guilty, is not planning to step down and is planning to appeal the decision of the first-tier court.
«Can't say for sure,» Road Administration director-general Priit Sauk told Postimees when asked if bribes were limited to Tallinn division alone - where five out of nine examiners are suspected in accepting or arranging bribes.
Estonian appeals court upholds Savisaar's suspension from office
The Tallinn Circuit Court on Friday upheld the ruling of a first tier court to exclude leader of the Center Party Edgar Savisaar from the office of mayor of Tallinn in connection with his being a suspect in a corruption investigation.
Defense, prosecution differ on grounds for excluding Savisaar from office
The defense lawyer for Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar and the prosecutor upheld their differing opinions Thursday on whether or not the exclusion of the mayor from office as part of a corruption investigation is justified.
33 months and €850,000 for parties at power
Two weeks ago, up popped this issue at parties' financing watchdog: what would be even a slightly rational reason for entrepreneur Hillar Teder, one under suspicion in Edgar Savisaar bribe scandal, to have so generously supported the three coalition parties these three years?
15.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: Augean Stables, Estonia
With an environment under a single individual or grouping for a longer while, own rules are established prescribing that once the situation changes, a great cleanup is needed. A dirty job, in all likelihood. The way mud wrestling goes, none of the participants stays clean - nor the ones to comment on the event. This is the way it seems to be going with ferryboat traffic to Estonia's major islands, for years the playground of a businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo.
Petition for Port of Tallinn ex-CEO's release from custody rejected
The second-tier Tallinn Circuit Court did not release the former chief executive of the Port of Tallinn, Ain Kaljurand, who was taken into custody at the end of last month in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation at the state-owned company.
ESTEVE suspects politics in bribery accusation
In limelight due to Port of Tallinn bribery scandal, ESTEVE Terminal thinks the accusations are related to battles for ferryboat procurement in no way related to the activities of the enterprise.
09.09.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Police search premises of North Tallinn borough govt
Officials from the office for combating corruption crimes of Estonia's Central Criminal Police were searching the premises of the borough government of North Tallinn on Thursday afternoon.
Editorial: fathom the harbour(ed) finances
According to anonymous sources speaking to Postimees, a political cash channeling system has been operated at Port of Tallinn before the current top management now under corruption suspicion was appointed.
Port of Tallinn politics: channeling cash
Diving into the backwaters of Port of Tallinn corruption, Postimees hit information altogether scandalous: in details, we were explained how the enterprise has for years supported at least two government parties linked to its management with bags of banknotes.
02.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: travelling on, in discomfort and political reality
This one thing she got wrong. Having stepped down in anger, business minister Urve Palo slammed this govt a «coalition of convenience». Nothing comfy here, even for Reform.
Court to decide Friday morning whether to take Kaljurand, Kiil into custody
Whether former leaders of the Port of Tallinn, Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil, would be taken into custody in connection with the corruption scandal is most likely to be decided on Friday morning.
Ferryboat traffic takeover spawns bribery scandal
A major part of the Port of Tallinn corruption scandal that erupted yesterday is linked to rearrangement of mainland-islands ferryboat traffic. Millions have been pocketed.
27.08.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: corruption crossing borders
The political storm is rather mighty in Latvia, s stirred up by former railway chief Uģis Magonis arrested as suspected in accepting a bribe Thursday night last week.
Bribe possibly passed in Pärnu
To this day, official information is unavailable by Latvia on shared corruption scandal with Estonia. Estonia's law enforcement, having provided legal assistance to Latvian colleagues, is obliged to keep mouth shut.
12.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Bribe clouds hover over Oleg Ossinovski
Engulfed in Latvian corruption scandal, Estonia's richest entrepreneur in charge of an international railway business Oleg Ossinovski has unavoidably affected the political career of his son and Soc Dems chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski.
11.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Authorities search Oleg Ossinovski's workplace
Estonian authorities last week conducted a search on the Tallinn work premises of Oleg Ossinovski, a businessman caught in a corruption scandal in Latvia.
Ex-head of Latvian Railway might have been bribed by Estonia's Oleg Ossinovski - daily
Ugis Magonis, the former president of Latvia's state-owned railway company Latvijas Dzelzcels who was detained on Thursday night by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB), might have been bribed by Estonian businessman Oleg Ossinovski, the Latvian daily Diena reported over the weekend.
Estonia climbs two notches on corruption perception scoreboard
Estonia ranks 26th worldwide, two places higher than last year, in the 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International on Wednesday.
Editorial: hired by Tallinn
So now we know: as his legal advisor, Mayor of Tallinn has hired former Harju County Court judge Valeri Lõõnik – once in public limelight as the man who at first instance pronounced «not guilty» those accused in the infamous land exchange saga.
Centre Party ads trigger criminal procedure
Yesterday, Office of the Prosecutor General launched criminal procedure regarding election ads of Tallinn city government figures (Centre Party), based on application by political parties financing supervision committee.
10.06.2014, Karin KangroPM
Gold found with corrupt spies
Dozen-some days after eruption of corruption scandal at external intelligence, Office of the Prosecutor General has managed to arrest some private assets of alleged criminals.
03.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: who holds the bag for a spy gone bad?
Let’s face it: agencies of the classified kind will never have absolute immunity towards traitors, connivers and crooks. Which will not spell automatic indulgence for politicians regarding intelligence bodies – we wash our hands! Quite the contrary! Intelligence and other defence activities serve the most vital of state interests. Goes without saying that political powers take an interest in data collection, legal protection, and national defence which must both formally and legally lie under the control and guidance of the bearer of supreme state power.
Onetime Kapo investigator convicted in new crime
Indrek Põder, former corrupt investigator at Internal Security Service (Kapo), earns second criminal punishment – this time, for disclosure of a state secret.
06.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
The next local leader suspected in corruption
On Tuesday, Central Criminal Police apprehended Tõnu Kiviloo (49), mayor of Kõpu rural municipality of Viljandi County, as suspect in corruption. To the knowledge of Postimees, the man stands accused in transactions with companies linked to himself, amounting to violation of procedural restriction as prescribed by Penal Code.
15.01.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Divisive figure arrested, suspected of corruption
Saturday night, Central Criminal Police apprehended Maardu community centre director Andrei Zarenkov as accused in corruption. Also, criminal policemen took two consecutive nights to search residences and workplaces related to Mr Zarenkov.
Lower level court again acquits ex-adviser to minister of agriculture
The Harju County Court on Tuesday for the second time acquitted Alar Oppar, former adviser to the Estonian minister of agriculture, and Thorben Gronkjaer Nielsen, a Danish fish businessman, on charges accusing them of corruption offenses.
Editorial: relationship traps
In a small country, personal relationships pose corruption hazard.
Smallness of Estonia creates corruption hazard
As evidenced by fresh study on risks related to use of EU money, Estonian corruption is moving into territories hardest to detect.
22.07.2013, Argo IdeonPM
Editorial: is Estonia bad? No, but we can become better
How is it with corruption in Estonia? In regard to the past six years, Prof Jüri Saar writes the following in the latest Human Development Report: “When it comes to corruption perception levels, Estonia has not been closing in on the positive standards of Western European nations”. At the same time, Estonian corruption perception is the sharpest in Eastern Europe, to say nothing of former Soviet Republics.