FSB presents evidence to Susi
The criminal case of Estonian aviation businessman Raivo Susi, who has spent more than a year under arrest for espionage in Russia, is nearing trial: an FSB investigator started presenting Susi with evidence against him a week ago.
17.04.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Politicians in search of a better relationship
Members of the Riigikogu Economic Affairs Committee are scheduled to attend the TransRussia logistics fair in Moscow in mid-April in search of a warmer business relationship, provided Estonian entrepreneurs deem their presence beneficial. Chairman Aivar Kokk (IRL) said that it is the committee's task to liven up the economy, and that the latter needs every positive impulse it can find.
16.03.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Luzhkov: Savisaar is a statesman
Long-time mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov claims that his former Tallinn colleague Edgar Savisaar never asked for money for the Center Party during their meetings but admits discussing involving Tallinn's Russian-speaking population in local politics to a greater degree. “So that Tallinn's Russian-speakers would have their own status. /…/ How to involve them in active life,” Luzhkov (80), one of Russia's most influential politicians during his time as mayor in 1992-2010, said.
08.02.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Raivo Susi not hoping for quick exchange
The left wrist of aviation businessman Raivo Susi had a handcuff around it the other end of which was held by an officer of the FSB like a leash. “I'm not [Eston] Kohver, that is the point. I'm just your run of the mill businessman so to speak,” Susi said.
09.12.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluElu
Venelane kaebas politseile, et ta naine tahab taimetoiduga lapsi tappa
Venemaal Vladivostokis esitas mees politseile oma naise kohta kaebuse, et naine tahab nende lastest teha taimetoitlasi, samas kahjustades sellega laste tervist.
13.10.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Churches shuffle lines of force
The clergy is humming as Estonia's two orthodox churches – Russian and Estonian – could be looking at a merger. Metropolitan Stefanus of the Orthodox Church of Estonia has made it his mission to turn Estonia into the first country to merge its orthodox churches.
30.09.2016, Oliver KundElu
Ееsti lapsmodellid esinevad moenädalal Moscow Fashion Week 2016!
Hiljuti valitud andekaid lapsmodelle Eestist saab näha suurimatel rahvusvahelistel laste kunsti- ja moesündmustel kõrgete tulemustega.
Independence regained: the tense days twenty five years ago
On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state. Every year, 20 August is celebrated as the day of Restoration of Independence.
Editorial: the lucrative Kremlin infowars funds
Disgustingly, the NKVD and KGB way of thinking is not a thing of the past with Kremlin.
Vene õigeusu kirik hakkab veini tootma (1)
Vene õigeusu kirik hakkab Krasnodari krais Musta mere ääres veini tootma, kirjutab Moscow Times.
Vene seljanka, suvi 2016
Filmifestivalil pakutava eeskava võrdlus kõikvõimalikke hõrgutavaid komponente või ka lihtsalt külmkapi tühjendusaktsiooni «leide» sisaldava supiga on kohane mõistagi mitte ainult Moskva festivali puhul. Festival peab pakkuma igaühele midagi, ahvatlema neidki, kes muidu kinno ei satu. Festival, olemaks festival, peaks ikka seinast seina olema, soovitavalt viimasest ülegi ronima. Üks tänavuse Moskva valikprogramme, pealkirja «Spekter» kandev eeskava oli koostatud põhimõttel, et selles kavas linastuvaid filme miski ei ühendaks.
04.07.2016, Lauri KärkPM
Russian history professor: we've lost the taste for truth
Mythologising history, loss of objective view, hindering learing lessons from history, is a problem with all of former Soviet bloc nations says Russian historian Andrei Zubov (64), known for his stand against Kremlin propaganda.
01.06.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
NATO waving a red rag under nose of Russia
No threat to Russia militarily speaking, the US battalions in Baltics would irritate the Kremlin by their mere presence at Russian border. In response, just to flex muscles, the latter may move over its most modern armaments.
30.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Who will care for Crimean Estonians?
There are a couple of thousand people in Crimea who see themselves as Estonians or their descendants. Though a minority of them speak Estonian, quite a few stand for the local Estonian culture.
03.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Lavrov: Baltics show no gratitude for Moscow letting them go
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the Baltic countries have shown no gratitude to Moscow for letting them "go in peace" after the Soviet Union collapsed.
Russian stunt pilot: aviation «meaning of life» for Raivo Susi
A Russian stunt pilot paints Estonian businessman Raivo Susi, held in Moscow for third month accused in espionage, as a guy living for aviation. He deems the incident to be strange indeed.
27.04.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Reason behind Russian border provocations: something bad is coming
The upcoming season 6 of the insanely popular TV series Game of thrones has a catchy tag line – winter is coming. The menace of the obvious threat grows in the cold shadows, almost unchecked as everyone is involved in a bickering fight over the Iron throne.
20.04.2016, Vaidas Saldžiūnas, VilniusPM
«Transit business may vanish in four days»
Back from Moscow to see about transit options, Estonian Railways CEO Sulev Loo advises that we Estonians learn from Latvians who gained remarkable-for-Europe economic growth from working actively Eastward.
20.04.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Raivo Susi feels like FSB hostage
One version why aviation businessman Raivo Susi in talks with Russian national arms seller Rosoboroneksport was arrested sounds quite banal: FSB is accusing him in espionage just to swap him for some of their agents jailed in Estonia. In his letter to Postimees, Mr Susi says he is incline to believe that himself.
17.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Raivo Susi offered $100,000 but remains in custody
Yesterday, Estonian aviation businessman Raivo Susi charged with espionage in Russia offered Moscow city court $100,000 to be released from custody but the court rejected the offer.
16.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Consul meets with Estonian businessman arrested in Moscow
Estonian consul in Moscow on Wednesday met with Raivo Susi, the arrested Estonian businessman accused by the Russian authorities of espionage.
Tallink rescues listed firms results
Of companies listed at Tallinn Stock Exchange with economic activity, a half i.e. seven improved results last year; eight managed to boost turnover. Three ended in red.
01.03.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: No end in sight with war in Syria. Relief, if lucky
As Syrian ceasefire was signed, journalists cited anonymous political sources as stating the treaty was not worth the paper it was written on. Takes optimism and lively fantasy to imagine that end is in sight for the war of five years. But there may be some relief.
Palts fights for Crimea dream resort
Former Mayor of Tallinn and Riigikogu member, Tõnis Palts (62) is among the few foreign investors to not abandon his business in Crimea after it was assumed by Russia. Furthermore: toughing it out, he is battling in court both with city of Sevastopol and Russian defence ministry to protect his lot worth dozens of millions of dollars.
16.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Centre sees potential benefits in cooperation with party of Putin
Earlier, Centre Party has repeatedly promised to vote over continued cooperation with United Russia. At its assembly this Saturday, they did not. The issue was indeed up for discussion, but vice chairman Jaanus Karilaidwho formerly wished the cooperation would cease is now of the opinion that they might try withing the treaty to seek something useful for Estonia.
15.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Oh to be embraced by Estonia ...
Six years ago a single mother from Moscow left Russia for good, in hopes to live happily in Estonia with her son. The young man is hardworking and talented, and a local through and through. And yet, despite all of their efforts, neither is officially Estonian yet.
18.01.2016, Priit PulleritsLim
Галерея Limon.ee: «Щелкунчик» в исполнении Moscow City Ballet привел жителей Таллинна в восторг
25-го декабря по новой сложившейся традиции после оглушительного успеха гастролей Moscow City Ballet в 2012 году, прославленный театр представил на сцене Таллинна рождественскую сказку «Щелкунчик».
Putin says is in favor of dialogue between Moscow, Tallinn
Moscow is inclined to maintain a mutually respectful dialogue with Estonia, which could facilitate the border treaties' entry into effect, Russian President Vladimir Putin said while accepting credentials from foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin on Thursday.
Editorial: don't forget Ukraine
In the wake of Paris terrorist attacks, the voices of those concerned about Ukraine have again spoken up: while having compassion on the victims in Paris, they worried that the scattered public opinion would further drift from events in Ukraine. Indeed, nit just the attacks in Paris but the refugee crisis in Europe and the situation in Syria have taken Ukraine off the Western orbit. Meanwhile, support from the West is almost the only thing Ukraine may hope in right now. But the hearts of politicians are where the public focus is. And the heart has begun to beat to another rhythm.
Editorial: our symbolic treasure
As times go by, historic cultural treasures increase in value, both as assets and emotionally. In disputes between the nations, they evolve into a kind of symbolic metric and in the remarks around their ownership the current temperature of relations between the states is seen and felt. Likewise with an art collection taken to Russia from University of Tartu during WW1. While Fine Arts Museum in Voronezh celebrates 200th birthday of Otto Friedrich von Richter's Ancient Egypt Collection, we are still stuck with the centenary since it was taken away.
Voronezh, Russia basks in Richter collection glory
Probing the insides of 3,000 years old sarcophagus holding Nesipaherentahat, a personal architect and scribe to the Egyptian pharaoh Ramos, Russian historians stumbled upon proof that the art treasure has actually resided in Estonia – out popped a Tartu circus poster dating 108 years back!
02.11.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Kremlin media effort in Estonia largely futile
Little likelihood that Moscow propaganda channels could stir Russians in Estonia into mass protests, concludes fresh report by International Center of Defence Studies.
16.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Russian side believes border treaty with Estonia will be ratified in 1st half of 2016
The State Duma committee on international affairs on Wednesday submitted the treaty on the state border between Estonia and Russia for comments and expects the treaty to be ratified in the first half of next year, Tatyana Moskalkova, coordinator of the parliamentary group for liaison with the Estonian parliament and deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on CIS affairs, said.
New Russian ambassador relieved by release of Kohver
Russia's new Ambassador in Estonia Aleksandr Petrov thinks it a good omen for his assignment that security police officer Eston Kohver was freed from imprisonment in Russia by the time he entered into office.
08.10.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Yearlong swap settled in top gear
By last Friday noon the rescue operation regarding Eston Kohver came to a high-speed end as President Toomas Hendrik Ilves pardoned traitor Aleksei Dressen and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin showed mercy on the «spy» from Estonia.
28.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian ForMin unaware of Kohver's whereabouts
The Estonian Foreign Ministry has admitted it does not know the present whereabouts of Eston Kohver, the Internal Security Service (ISS) staffer sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Russian court in August, as it has not received any official information about it.
USA seeks ways to boost Baltic defence
The swampy Baltic terrain, outdated international agreements, bottlenecks in transit roads and holes in defence capacity make it difficult to move military units here, lists the US defence ministry's journal Stars and Stripes in an article published last Friday, citing reasons for updating the Baltic defence strategy.
08.09.2015, Jürgen TammePM
Editorial: economy in Russia – confiscation guaranteed
For the ordinary Russian, economic reality is sad and the sadness is to deepen soon. As the poverty increases, food coupons are the serious talk of the day, and some go as far as to predict hunger, the authorities react in ways pointing back to communist era and - truth be told - before the latter ever came to power.
Eston Kohver jailed for 15 years in Russia
Estonian security police official Eston Kohver kidnapped to Russia from native soil was today sentenced for 15 years of imprisonment by Pskov Oblast court.
19.08.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Russian prisons hold eight Estonians
At the start of this summer, at least eight Estonian citizens convicted for crimes committed in Russia were jailed in Russian prisons.
18.08.2015, Jaanus PriisaluPM
Russians fear freedom
Former Tomsk Oblast cultural department head Andrei Kuzichkin says policy of Putin's regime is built on special operations while Kremlin sees Western leaders as weak.
10.08.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Kohver sent home soon?
Picture a severe court judgement complete with a «revealing» film wherein the convicted one presents his «sincere confession», followed, however, by Putin's pardon and a fast ride home from Pskov to Tartu through the Luhamaa border point quite near where a FSB special unit snatched and captured him - almost a year ago.
07.08.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Finding graves in Siberia hindered by closed archives
Finding and marking graves of Estonian victims of Stalin era repressions is hampered by instability of financing. Also, it is difficult to gain access to archived materials and to this day Estonia is missing a maintaining of war graves agreement with Russia.
30.07.2015, Indrek MäePM
«Putin is as powerful as Estonia's president!»
In Russia, things are bad. Judge for yourself: anti-Putin conspiracy is already underway! Liquidation of Russia is being attempted! Putin's orders aren't being obeyed! Russia isn't a sovereign state and needs to be saved!
28.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Kohver kept in isolator
Till the trial is in process, Eston Kohver is being held in Isolator No 1 of Pskov Prison.
28.07.2015, Jelena Poverina-TšernõhPM
Kohver's fate in hands of FSB counterintelligence head?
Held captive in Russia for nearly eleven months, fate of Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver may be decided by Vladislav Menshchkov – fresh counterintelligence chief at his captor, Russia's influential federal security service FSB.
27.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Tallinn top chef opens restaurant in central Moscow
Who is the Estonian chef de cuisine’ in charge of the largest army of cooks? In all likelihood, the man is Andrei Šmakov, former chief cook at Tallinn restaurants Ribe and Kadriorg: in one of Moscow's oldest five star hotels, he is boss over a whopping 46 cooks.
22.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russian court extends custody for jailed Estonian security official
A court in the northwestern Russian regional capital Pskov on Friday extended custody for Eston Kohver, staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) held in Russia on charges of espionage, possession and smuggling of a firearm, for two more months starting Aug. 8.
Russia steadily testing resistance of Baltics
An application filed by two Duma members to investigate legality of recognition of Baltics by Soviet Union on September 6th 1991 fits well with an all-out information attack these past three months – aimed not really to scare the Baltic citizens, but rather to test the reactions of the authorities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and the public opinion.
14.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Tallinn-Moscow train is back. With changes
At 1:38 pm this Saturday, a train from Moscow again rolled into The Baltic Station – Balti jaam – in Tallinn. The connection had been cut about two months ago.
13.07.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Abrupt U-turn: Kohver case bounced back to Moscow
In Pskov oblast court yesterday, the initial Eston Kohver court session promptly screeched to a sudden halt. Two hours from its start at 10 am the Estonian security officer’s layer Yevgeni Aksyonov dropped to media the bombshell: the case is sent back to Moscow, along with the person of Mr Kohver.
09.06.2015, Mihhail JevdokimovPM
Editorial: Russia cloning impact tricks
Attacking or child protection rules and depicting these as inhuman – rather a novel type of Russian «treatment» of Estonia.
Estonian security official's case reaches Pskov court
The case of Eston Kohver, the staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) held in Russia in investigation isolator, has been referred to court and will be tried soon, spokesperson for the Pskov Regional Court Yulia Pron told Interfax on Tuesday.
Tallinn-Moscow train route to be temporarily closed
Since the Russian Railways subsidiary Federalnaya Passazhirskaya Kompaniya (FPK) has not yet made the decision about taking over the Tallinn-Moscow passenger operation and current operator Gorail will stop operating the route on Monday, the route must be temporarily closed, Estonian Railways said.
Venemaa toiduhinnad on aastaga rohkem kui veerandi kasvanud
Venemaa statistikaameti andmetel olid toiduhinnad märtsis 24,7 protsenti kõrgemad kui aasta tagasi, kirjutab Moscow Times.
Kohver additionally charged with smuggling, illegal border-crossing in Russia
During an interrogation on Friday, Russian prosecutors filed new chares having to do with the smuggling of a firearm and illegal crossing of the Russian border against the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) staffer Eston Kohver being kept in the Lefortovo prison in Moscow.
Kohver to Postimees: «I’m hoping!»
Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver, under arrest in Russia and in Moscow Lefortovo district court today, replied to question by Postimees’ journalist saying he is hoping to be swapped.
02.04.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russian court extends custody for Estonian security official till June 5
The court of the Lefortovo region of Moscow on Thursday extended the term of custody for Estonian security official Eston Kohver, held in Russia on espionage charges, until June 5.
Two MEPs send letter to Mogherini re Estonian official's detainment in Russia
Estonian MEP Urmas Paet and chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party group Guy Verhofstadt in a joint letter addressed European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in relation to the kidnapping of Estonian security official Eston Kohver and his continued detainment in Moscow.
Estonian entrepreneur invited to Moscow
Seated in front row at a forum in Ritz Carlton, Moscow, the eyes of Enn Veskimägi beheld Vladimir Putin send Estonia-Russia border treaty to parliament and call upon Russian businessmen to bring money to home from abroad.
27.03.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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.
Consul again meets with Estonian security official in Moscow
Estonian consul on Wednesday once again met with abducted security police officer Eston Kohver at the Lefortovo prison in Moscow where he is being detained.
Estonian police officer's case drags on due to investigator's busy schedule - defense
The Russian investigator of the abducted Estonian police officer Eston Kohver's case could be busy with other headline cases in Moscow but this does not mean the Estonian officer's case has been forgotten, Kohver's Russia-appointed defense attorney said on Friday.
Ukraine: Russian general born in Narva, Estonia commanding separatists in Donbass
According to the Ukrainian security service SBU, a Russian major general born in the Estonian border city Narva, Alexei Zavizyon, is commanding separatists in Donbass.
Editorial: much more than Ukraine at stake
The Friday to Sunday Munich security conference is best summed up by two conflicts, solution to which reaches beyond the destiny of Ukraine and far across EU/NATO borders.
Editorial: expand the sanctions
Till last week but one, with a measure of confidence one may have predicted that the year ahead would see lively discussions within European Union about easing the sanctions set to keep Russia in check. By its behaviour last week, the Kremlin has done away with any arguments for the latter. By now, even those wilfully blind should see that the peace agreement isn’t being honoured – neither by the Kremlin, not by the separatists it backs.
Glamorous crook acted as citizen of Estonia
A jurist posing as Estonian citizen while organising a grand extortion scheme with help by Moscow law enforcement in high likelihood used a fake Estonian passport.
22.01.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Russia to start ratification of border treaty with Estonia soon - Lavrov
Russia will soon start the process of ratification of the border treaty with Estonia and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov does not rule out a visit to Tallinn to exchange the ratification letters, Russian news agency Interfax reports.
Estonian citizen detained at Moscow protest on Tuesday is released
The Russian police on Tuesday detained an Estonian citizen at a protest in Moscow but released the person on Wednesday noon.
Estonian country bumpkin breeds Russian gold miner
Of guys with Estonian background in Russia, the top influential is doubtless the Kremlin administration vice chief Anton Vaino, and the highest ranking governmental official the deputy construction minister Juri Reiljan. Neither, however, are the best earning Estonian-roots individuals over there. Meet the man: descendent of a one-time Võru County peasant, gold industrialist German Pihhoja.
31.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russian court extends custody of Estonian security official until April
A court in Moscow's Lefortovo District on Monday extended the deadline for holding in custody the abducted Estonian security official Eston Kohver until April 5.
Galerii: Moscow City Ballet tõi Saku Suurhalli lavale «Luikede järve»
Moskva balletiteater Moscow City Ballet tõi laupäeval Saku Suurhalli lavale maailma balletikunsti pärli «Luikede järv».
Russian lawyer has not contacted Kohver for six weeks
The Russia-appointed defense attorney has not been in touch with Eston Kohver, the Estonian security official held in custody in Moscow, for the last six weeks, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
A mole hunt tip to intelligence in Estonia
Moscow may want to swap Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver for a Russian spy jailed in Germany, thinks Boris Volodarski, a Russian intelligence expert and former officer at military intelligence for Soviet armed forces (GRU) who also advises searching for a traitor behind the snatching of Mr Kohver.
05.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russia remains rigid
Thus far, activities by lawyer Yevgeni Aksyonov have not been in the interests of Eston Kohver, says Estonian consul in Moscow Signe Matteus – the only one from Estonia to meet Mr Kohver over these past three months.
04.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
State weighs takeover of eastbound trains
«By December 1st GoRail will have decided whether we continue selling tickets to Moscow and St Petersburg lines after January 13th or not,» said SEO Jüri Etverk. «Passengers need not worry as all tickets sold to them are valid.»
05.11.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Russian court extends custody of detained Estonian security official
A court in Moscow on Friday extended the custody of detained Estonian Internal Security Service official Eston Kohver until early January.
Editorial: Mistral – the «information carrier»
For information warriors in Moscow, France-Russia Mistral class helicopter carrier sales agreement is a card played with great gusto, aimed to undermine free world unity. Should the issue slightly fade, a Russian deputy prime minister will leak some paper – about first of the vessels to be delivered on November 14th – to then be refuted by the French.
Estonian ForMin: Kohver's lawyer is not following professional ethics
According to Estonian Foreign Ministry the lawyer of Eston Kohver, the Estonian Internal Security Service official held in custody in Russia since Sept. 5 on espionage charges, Yevgeny Aksyonov is not following lawyers' professional ethics.
Russian authorities detect illegal transfers of money into Baltic banks
The economic security and anti-corruption department of the Russian Interior Ministry has detected illegal transfers of large amounts of funds from Moscow to non-residents' bank accounts in Estonia and Latvia, the ministry said in a press release.
Human rights activists say Eston Kohver «calm and coping»
Members of Moscow Public Oversight Commission for Prisons (POCP) are the only independents currently allowed to visit Estonia’s Eston Kohver, accused in espionage by FSB, right in the prison cell at Lefortovo, Moscow jailhouse. Estonian Security Police says the man was snatched by FSB while on duty at Estonia-Russia border.
01.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Retired KGB General: Kohver case unheard-of in security service history
Aleksei Kondaurov, a general retired from the Soviet-time intelligence agency KGB, finds not much political sense in the apprehension of and espionage-accusations against the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver even if he was caught on the Russian side as claimed by Russian security service FSB.
25.09.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
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
Visit draws much attention
US President Barack Obama’s Wednesday visit to Tallinn was covered by numerous international printed and online media. Underneath, find a selection of excerpts.
Editorial: denial of Russian invasion increasingly impossible
This past Thursday may have been quite a marker in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Even before, a large part of Europe realised Russia was responsible for military aid provided to separatists and their own troops trampling on neighbouring country soil; still, military operations in Ukraine were but semi-public. Since yesterday, the Russian presence in Eastern Ukraine is a lot more open – and aggressive.
29.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: who weeps with the Mother of a Russian soldier?
After the Tallinn «Bronze Night» in spring of 2007, a main accusation towards us by Russia was Estonia not honouring the remains and the memory of fallen soldiers. Among other things, a Russian State Duma delegation was dispatched to investigate the matter.
Heikki Hakala: President Niinistö’s disputed trip to Sochi
Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö visited Sochi last Thursday and went on to Kiev on Friday, meeting Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko. As a devoted observer of Estonian society, I could not help but notice how some of the more visible comments regarding Mr Niinistö’s trip – and on Finland’s policies regarding the Ukraine crisis – have been rather negative, even angry.
27.08.2014, Heikki HakalaPM
Editorial: Trojan Truck
Russian role thus far undermines trust towards alleged humanitarian convoy.
Russia-West relations a reminder of Cold War
In the two initial days of this week, relations between Russia and the West fell to a low last seen in mid-1980ies.
31.07.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
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.
Edward Lucas: the message could hardly have been clearer
Russia marked Victory in Moscow with a parade overseen by President Putin. He also visited Crimea and praised its return to the motherland. Meanwhile bandits wielding Kalashnikovs guard roadblocks in Eastern Ukraine and helicopters are shot out of the sky.
16.05.2014, Edward LucasE24
Ajaloohetk: videomäng paiskas Helsingi ja Moskva diplomaatilisse skandaali
Külma sõja haripunktis, 1985. aastal avaldas Soome arvutiajakiri Mikrobitti kiitva arvustuse Commodore 64 videomängule Raid over Moscow. Sellest puhkes ennenägematu poliitiline skandaal ja Nõukogude Liit asus jõuliselt Soome käsi väänama.
20.03.2014, Hendrik Alla