Exchange of counterfeit money results in major losses
Rainer Viljamaa stepped into the Aia street currency exchange office of Tavid in January of last year, carrying nearly 4.1 million Indian rupees – more precisely 4,096 thousand-rupee notes that he exchanged for close to 54,000 euros. Considering the fact that Tavid has seven offices in Estonia that only handle a single transaction involving rupees a day between them, it was not a common occurrence. Especially considering the sum.
26.10.2016, Joosep Värk
Video: klounist sarimõrvar tappis 33 noort meest
Maailma mitmest paigast on tulnud teateid, et tegutsema on hakanud avalikkuses inimesi ehmatavad klounid, kellel võivad olla ka mõrvarlikud kavatsused, kuid USAs tegutses aastakümneid tagasi sarimõrvar ja vägistaja, kes pani oma kuritööd toime klounikostüümis.
21.10.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Estonian court sends man to 4 years in jail for stabbing police officer
The Tartu county court on Thursday handed down a four-year jail sentence to a man who stabbed and injured an on-duty police officer in Jogeva county in December last year.
13.10.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Vao investigation closed without results
The attention of the Estonian public was drawn to the Vao Refugee Center on September 3 of last year after the side wall of the building was set ablaze at night. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas reacted with a flash visit to the center, while President Toomas Hendrik Ilves demanded all parliament parties condemn the incident. Both Rõivas and Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur expressed hope that the arsonists would be found quickly. That hope did not materialize, and the investigation was closed without result this week.
12.10.2016, Joosep VärkPM
New leader must have authority abroad
Alleged rival of murdered organized crime boss Nikolai Tarankov, Ahmed, believes the next leader must have authority among his peers, as well as acceptance abroad.
21.09.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: Estonians up in arms
Estonia has above 27,000 weapons owners in possession of some 68,000 hunting, sports and self defence guns. Initial applications for permits are sharply up this year with six month figures exceeding 2012 and nearly equaling 2013 totals. The reasons vary from the EU trend towards toughening gun laws to the added sense of security.
Crooks took all the homeless ones had left
A criminal group led headed by Vitas Malinauskas and Aleksandr Tšistov cheated nearly 90 outcasts out of income, for a couple of bottles of beer or vodka, leaving the people in debts and misery.
05.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Latvian stabs fellow bus passenger in Estonia
A mentally unstable Latvian citizen on Wednesday evening seriously injured a fellow passenger with a knife on a Tallinn-Vilnius bus.
Editorial: young people must be kept far from alcohol
In the entire Western world, alcohol consumption is on the rise and doubtless this is the addictive substance most available to minors. And the current generations are earlier starters with the habit.
Court takes into custody man suspected of killing his Orthodox priest father
Estonia's Viru county court on Wednesday took into custody 20-year-old Daniil who is suspected of killing his father, an Orthodox priest.
Threat to kill lands man in prison
Yesterday, Harju County Court judged Martin Kattai who had threatened to kill Prime Minister as guilty and pinished him with two years in prison, of which he will immediately have to serve three months.
15.06.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Searches for Varvara's slayer spanned cities in Russia and Belarus
In the four years of investigations into sexual murder of Varvara Ivanova (9), the police delved into various serious versions now published by Postimees.
06.06.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
The Tartu slaveowner and his diversified crimes
The Vaikne Street, Tartu slavedriver Kaido Mosen has a colourful criminal record of alimony avoided, figureheads used to make money, and a trail of debts left behind.
02.06.2016, Nils NiitraElu
Sari «Wayward Pines» naaseb uuenenud kujul
Psühholoogiline põnevusseriaal «Wayward Pines» naaseb teise hooajaga, mis esilinastub Eestis esmaspäeval, 6. juunil kell 21.00 FOX kanalil. Sarja režissöör ja üks tegevprodutsentidest on tunnustatud filmirežissöör M. Night Shyamalan, kes on töötanud nt kassahittidega «Külaskäik» (The Visit), «Märgid» (Signs).
Abused own baby, worked at child care
Despite the law setting restrictions on background for child care worker, employers have lots of room for discretion. As an example of that, a mother worked at a Tallinn child care having previously endangered the life of her own son whom she also severely mistreated.
08.04.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Believed killer of 9-year-old is no longer alive
The 9-year-old Narva girl whose naked body was found five days after her disappearance not far from her home in the northeast Estonian border city was murdered by a man who intentionally took an overdose of drugs and died days after being contacted by investigators, prosecutors believe.
Estonian money mules made own bank cards
The bank card fraud did millions of dollars worth of damage to an US company. True, mere tens of thousands passed thru the Estonian hands and they were straw-men rather than authors of the scheme.
18.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Dead drug dealer caught alive in Russia
«How can you be here, if you are dead?» Harju county judge Märt Toming asked the accused drug dealer Sergei Grigorjev (44) in court on Friday morning.
14.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Kids do drugs at party, GHB talk unconfirmed
As established by police, drugs were used at birthday party of girl aged 16 in Raplamaa on Friday. Talk of «date rape» poured in glasses of girls was not confirmed.
18.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
70 people operating as professional thieves in Tallinn
Northern prefect Kristian Jaani and criminal police chief Urmet Tambre cover nuances of last year's crime and Estonia-related human trafficking.
04.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Ukrainian separatist appeals extradition decision in European human rights court
Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, who the Estonian government in December decided to extradite to Ukraine because he allegedly fought in the ranks of separatists in eastern Ukraine, has submitted a notice of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Interfax reports.
Estonian woman suspect in murder investigation in Finland
A 20-year-old Estonian woman is being suspected of killing a man in Finland and the Finnish police is to apply for her to be taken into custody on Monday, the daily Turun Sanomat reports.
Jihadist's supporters jailed
Yesterday, Harju County Court convicted Tallinners Ramil Khalilov (25) and Roman Manko (30) in support of terrorism and punished them with seven and five years physically behind bars, respectively.
13.01.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonian police may send liaison officer to Lithuania to combat car theft
Since groups of thieves from Lithuania have set their sights on luxury cars in Estonia, the Estonian police is considering sending a liaison officer to Lithuania to more effectively combat such crimes.
Govt decides to extradite citizen who fought on side of separatists in Ukraine
The Estonian government decided at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting to extradite to Ukraine an Estonian man declared suspect in terrorism in connection with allegations that he has fought in the ranks of separatists in eastern Ukraine, spokespeople for the government said.
Conviction of Center Party's Toobal, Laasi becomes final
The conviction of Center Party members Priit Toobal and Lauri Laasi who were found guilty of several criminal offenses in lower level courts became final by Friday's ruling of the Supreme Court.
Police plagued by cooked up complaints
11:30 pm, on September 8th. The place is Rahumäe Police Station, Tallinn. Daniil, a gymnasium student sits there with his mother, telling investigator-on-duty the terrifying tale of how two hours before he was attacked by two unknown crooks, in Lasnamäe, who hit him over the hear with a club, and robbed personal items: a Pepe Jeans coat, Puma footwear, Calvin Klein bag with Armani purse etc.
13.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
Serial stabber adds victim while police uninformed
Back in 1997, Leonid Vinogradov (57) killed a victim with iron rod. Now, during five days he managed to stab two. had the police intervened after the first one, the second would have been spared.
21.10.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Juvenile shooter of teacher jailed for nine years
Today, court sentenced boy who shot his teacher last fall at German lesson in Paalalinna School, Viljandi for nine years in prison for murder.
20.10.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Gold fraud flop trips up crafty crook
An major Ida-Viru criminal strings puller for years, Mihhail Semjonov got caught in the stupidest of ways when a straw man linked to him and involved in a gold fraud undertook to deny his «boss» with utmost and exaggerated eagerness.
14.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Two men break out from Tallinn Prison
On Saturday night just before 3 am, two inmates escaped from Tallinn Prison: Aleksandr Suhotski and Eduard Mihhailov.
Student accused of shooting teacher pleads guilty
The closed court session in Viljandi courthouse over student accused of killing a teacher at Paalalinna School begun by a large gathering of reporters and photographers in front of the building.
18.09.2015, Marko SuurmägiPM
Man suspected in attacking lady on health track is former EKRE and Free member
According Postimees' data, the man suspected in attacking a young woman on Rahumäe health track is Lauri Õun (26) who has belonged both to Free Party and EKRE. In list of the latter, he ran for Riigikogu during the last elections.
11.08.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Editorial: death takes some other soul, some other place
A tragic accident like the recent one in Tartu County will never fail to shake us all. It's surely the worst for loved ones, but the impact is broader. The feeling of helplessness makes tens of thousands seek the culprits, curse the government, the youth, the traffic, and «blurt it all out». Meanwhile, the root of the problem feels evasive. What do we do?
Court verdict becomes final for Estonia's 41st convict sentenced to life
The stepping into force on Wednesday of the life sentence handed down to Oleg Pitjukov by a court in the southwestern resort town Parnu for murder and causing of serious physical harm in January brings the number of convicts serving a life sentence in Estonian jails to 41.
Editorial: MH17 murderers must suffer consequences
A year ago tomorrow, on July 17th, murderers yet to face court shot down a Malaysian Boeing 777 over Eastern Ukraine flying te Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur line. All 298 on board perished. Mostly Dutch, but with various nationalities represented.
Holland will hold memorial ceremony participated by heads of states and relatives to victims. The tragedy will be remembered in various corners of the world.
Liviko and shops judged guilty in vodka price fixing
Yesterday at Harju County Court, first chapter was closed in vodka cartel saga featuring Liviko and all major retail chains in Estonia – the factory as instigator, the sellers as accomplices agreeing with the deal.
30.04.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Death of builder raises eyebrows
In theory, anything is possible. The dead man was discovered on a forest path he had no reason to wander. Next to corpse stood sports shoes several sizes smaller. His skull features a large hole, probably by a hit from behind with a blunt object. The conclusion: deranged, the man might have fallen to his own death in dark woods. This, at least, was what prosecutor’s office thinks how Christer Loorents, a builder, perished.
22.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
«Psychology professor» exposed as paedophile
A foreigner, posing as internationally recognised professor of psychology, sexually abused his child a few years old. Convicted in circuit court by now, the case has reached Supreme Court.
10.04.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Thugs try robbing police of €80,000
What a flop: criminals decide to rob the €80,000 offered them for a drug deal, unaware it was a trap set by police.
08.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Car thief on run pinned by police dog fangs
Late last Sunday night, a grand police operation to grab Lithuanian car thieves culminated with K-Commando special unit ambush in Pärnu County, Estonia. An alleged criminal, attempting to sprint into the woods, ended up bitten by service dog.
26.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Russia presents note to Estonia over investigation of Ganin death
Russia has presented a note to Estonia demanding faster investigation of the killing of Russian national Dmitry Ganin during the riots of April 2007.
«You’ve done everything right and then the state turns its back on you»
The headline is quoting a foreign investor and entrepreneur after €37,000 were stolen from his company by an executive. Though the theft is evidenced by video materials and falsification of company accounts, this was not reason enough for police to investigate. At least not until Postimees took a journalistic interest.
20.03.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Viljandi school shooter remains unrepentant
By psychiatrists’ decision yesterday, the Viljandi school shooter Vahur will stand trial in court. Meanwhile, there is no desire in the youth to offer any public explanations.
10.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Theft of drug money ends in disability
Court hearing commences regarding cruel beating known by dramatic arrest on Virtsu-Kuivastu ferryboat last October.
05.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
The historic investigation into Assar Paulus
In judicial practice of Estonia, this was a first. Never before have four enforcement agencies joined hands, all at once, to bring evidence about a criminal organisation: the police, tax and customs board, security police (the Kapo) and prosecutor’s office. With Assar Paulus (52), such was the case.
03.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Police find fully equipped functioning drug lab
This past Friday, Harju County Court issued long jail-terms to men caught busy preparing a drug lab in Harju County big enough to flood the local market and beyond.
02.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian court denies early release to traitor Herman Simm
A first-tier court in Estonia on Tuesday ruled not to grant early release on parole to Herman Simm who was convicted of treason in 2009.
Estonian crime clearance rate stays above 50 pct
The proportion of criminal offenses solved in Estonia remained higher than 50 percent last year, figures made available by the Justice Ministry on Tuesday show.
Estonian president calls Mariupol attack brutal crime
The terrorist attack by the Russian-supported separatists in Mariupol on Saturday morning, where dozens of civilians were killed by a rocket attack and even more were injured, is a despicable and brutal crime, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Sunday.
13-y-o boy in serious condition after stabbing by 16-y-o
A 13-year-old schoolboy was reported in serious condition after being stabbed with a knife by a boy three years his senior in a village situated some 50 kilometers to the south of the capital Tallinn on Friday.
«Sõprade» staar kehastub Kim Kardashiani isaks
Seriaalist «Sõbrad» tuntust kogunud näitleja, David Schwimmer, kehastub lühiseriaalis «American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson» seltskonnastaaride isaks, Robert Kardashianiks.
Kidnapping, business brawl or family feud?
Under obscure circumstances, a well known recreational fisherman disappeared at half way from Tartu to Tallinn, his only known link to criminal world being his brother.
10.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Greed lands drug dealer in jail
Not long ago, prison doors closed upon drug dealer Ilja Tsihhon (32). His is a story of how, despite the many signs of danger, a greedy crook still stepped into the trap set by police, and how €5,000 of police special operations money were lost.
03.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: what matters most is a heart to help
Since 2004, Estonia is in the beautiful habit of pinning badges of honour on brave people who have caught crooks, helped along by fearless action, prevented a crime or assisted a victim. Thus, today’s Postimees covers acts of chivalry by those decorated this year round. Thought provoking stories – what may have happened, if... Strangers saved, own lives laid on the line.
Youth in Rakvere ravaged with drugs
Since September, Rakvere has seen nine young people hospitalised – probably by smoking synthetic cannabis aka spice.
20.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Crimes connected to alcohol up 13 pct on year
Last year the number of crimes connected to alcohol increased by 13 percent on year in Estonia and the number of cases concerning inducing minors to consume alcohol has also increased, it is written in the 2014 yearbook of the Estonian Institute of Economic Research.
Underage Estonian girl raped in India
A 17-year-old Estonian girl was raped in Goa, India by a local man, Deccan Heraldine reports.
Student kills teacher in school shooting in South Estonia
A student shot a teacher at a school in the South Estonian town of Viljandi on Monday afternoon and according to initial information the teacher died.
Alleged batterer of expecting mother faces court
Man allegedly violent towards pregnant partner tells court he remembers nothing.
21.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Expert: kidnapping of officer after Obama visit no coincidence
According to former police chief and interior minister Ain Seppik (Reform Party), today’s kidnapping of a security police officer near Luhamaa border point cannot be an accident nor an ordinary crime as currently treated by Security Police.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
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
Rõivas: we expect Russia to fully cooperate
Commenting of the kidnapping, this morning, of an Estonian security police officer, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said he expects Russia to fully cooperate and provide legal assistance to solve the incident.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
Ilves expects swift solution for kidnapping
President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves says armed kidnapping info Russia of security police officer this morning near Luhamaa border point is unacceptable. He expects the incident to be solved swiftly.
Foreign ministry summons Russian ambassador due to kidnapping
Due to the incident near Luhamaa border point, Estonian foreign ministry has summoned Russian ambassador to Estonia Juri Merzljakov.
05.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian security police officer kidnapped, taken to Russia at gunpoint
This morning at 9 am, unknown individuals from Russia apprehended a security policeman on duty near Luhamaa border point on Estonian territory, and took him to Russia by physical force at gunpoint.
05.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Murder prompted by broken relationship
Detailed questioning of murderer attempting to burn herself and child last December was cut short by suicide of suspect.
18.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: opinion of Western public pivoting against Putin
The consequences of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy are largely up to public opinion in the West. In other words: how the event reaches the man in the street, the one – on a democracy – taking the once-in-a-while walk to the ballot box at election time. Over these past few days, we are detecting changes here, as reflected by editorials of newspapers, news, and social media.
Luxurious life of suspected spy
Reasons for crime/scandal related to Estonian external intelligence lurk in public procurements linked to diplomatic activity, Postimees is told.
23.05.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: good to snatch the filthy cash
Time and again, writers and movie makers have sought, with a measure of success, to paint captivating pictures of great crooks and their struggles in life – as, perhaps, exemplified by the Corleone family saga written by Mario Puzo and set to the silver screen under Francis Ford Coppola. Oh the drama and the dreams turned upside down...
Model father or godfather?
A family man, a history lover, a committed patriot – reading criminal police operational information, this is exactly what the top Estonian underworld chief Assar Paulus is like.
17.04.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: blessed are the pure in heart
Who can touch the innocent. And should somebody try, in a state based on the rule of law protection is at hand. By that, we could sum up the whole issue around immunity of parliamentarians.
Estonian car thieves plague elite of Stockholm
Swedish media says crooks from Estonia caused 80 million kronor worth of harm.
17.03.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Messed up lives of parents and despair down the road
Sigrit, murdered in Tartu this Saturday, and her alleged killer Eleri had been aquatinted for about a decade. For the latter, mental instability sprang from recent suicide by her brother.
09.12.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Drug mules «hired to carry gold»
Estonian ladies under preliminary investigation suspected in drug crime may only be transferred to homeland after three years in local jail.
23.10.2013, Heidi OjamaaPM
From party high to Peruvian prison
If convicted, two female drug mules from Estonia face 7 to 15 years in tough jails of Peru.
07.10.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Homicide level substantially down from previous year
While the overall number of offenses against person in Estonia has slightly increased this year compared to the previous year, the number of manslaughters and murders has significantly decreased.
Jan-Jul crime level 3 pct lower than in previous year
Estonian law enforcement agencies registered 22,919 offenses in the first seven months of the year, which marks a 3 percent decline compared to the same period of the previous year, while the number of manslaughters and murders was the smallest since reindependence, it appears from the crime barometer figures released by the Justice Ministry on Tuesday.
Crime level in Estonia slightly lower than in H1 2012
The overall crime rate in Estonia in the first half of the year was 3 percent lower than a year earlier and there was a marked decline in the number of thefts.
Estonian police detain jewelry robbery suspect
Estonian police detained on Friday a 21-year-old man suspected of robbing a jewelry store in the Viru shopping center in Tallinn last week.
Criminal robs jewelry store in downtown Tallinn
An armed criminal who has not been caught yet robbed a jewelry store in downtown Tallinn on Tuesday.
Midsummer holiday beach brawl triggers inquiry into police conduct
Estonian Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher said an internal investigation has been launched into police conduct after a gang of youths attacked campers on a beach in southwestern Estonia during the Midsummer holiday and that he will personally keep an eye on the proceedings.
Thai police save Estonian realty agent from hands of hit squad
An Estonian real estate businessman escaped with injuries on Monday after police in the Thai resort town Pattaya intercepted the vehicle in which he was being abducted by a hit squad allegedly hired by a Peruvian man to kill him, the news portal PattayaOne said.
Jan-May crime rate in Estonia down 3 pct on year
The overall level of crime in Estonia has dropped 3 percent in the first five months of the year compared to the same period of the previous year, with biggest declines recorded in crimes against property and the number of murders and manslaughter.
Car theft loses its engine
Supreme Court takes stand on last known case of stolen car sold back to owner.
17.06.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonia's Jan-Apr crime numbers down 4 pct
In all 12,460 criminal offenses were recorded in Estonia during the first four months of 2013, marking a decline by 515 cases or 4 percent from the same period a year ago.