Detention center faces inmates who are testing the limits
The protest of the inmates of the Harku detention center in early December was caused by a rare coincidence: there are three detainees at once classified by psychiatrists as displaying manipulative behavior patterns.
19.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Senior officials' e-mail addresses, passwords leaked
The work related e-mail addresses of numerous senior Estonian state officials and their cloud service passwords have been leaked via Dropbox, it appears from the overview of cyber security incidents in September compiled by the cyber security service of the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA).
Salary policy favors mediocrity
The unexpected departure of one of the most high-paid public officials, Director General of the Tax and Customs Board Marek Helm, to the private sector raises the question of whether executive salaries are competitive in the public sector.
07.10.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Braving Brussels: officials with families smell chance of lifetime
Estonian EU presidency happening half a year early, Estonia's officials have to act swift and get settled in Brussels. Talking to two, Postimees found them unafraid and upbeat.
02.08.2016, Elisabeth KunglaPM
Linter's questioning at ISS lasted more than 12 hours
The interrogation of Dmitri Linter as witness by the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Monday lasted more than 12 hours breaks included, officials said on Tuesday.
4 Estonian officials off to Greece to help register asylum seekers
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Wednesday dispatched four officials to Greece to help the authorities of that country with the registration of refugees.
Ministries swell with fresh vigour
Analysis by Chamber of Commerce and Industry says Estonia's public officialdom is resistant to thinning and if the numbers do come down at all, then on account of police patrols and firefighters. Meanwhile, the ministries keep on ballooning.
07.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
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.
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.
Managers of Port of Tallinn arrested on bribery charges
Officers of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Wednesday morning detained Port of Tallinn chairman of the board Ain Kaljurand and member of the board Allan Kiili as suspects in bribe-taking.
Estonian prison investments twice smaller than in Finland
On pages of Iltalehti, Finnish parliamentarian Laura Huhtasaari said conditions in Estonian prisons were so bad that should Finnish sexual offenders sit behind Estonian bars, the environment would serve as additional disciplinary punishment. Postimees sought to specify the differences.
17.07.2015, Indrek MäePM
Editorial: Russia cloning impact tricks
Attacking or child protection rules and depicting these as inhuman – rather a novel type of Russian «treatment» of Estonia.
World top elusive for Estonian e-brain
From the beginning of this year, Estonia is supposed to possess an e-brain i.e. a spot where all state agency data are machine-readable, in one place, and accessible to all. Not happening.
23.03.2015, Marian MänniPM
New chief of president's office to assume duties next month
Alo Heinsalu, currently head of the justice chancellor's office and chairman of the National Electoral Committee, has been chosen for the next director of the Estonian president's office.
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
Editorial: intelligence temped
Crafty thieving is a main skill of a classical spy agent. Why else would Viktor Suvorov, in his «Aquarium», share the little tricks how one will also consider oneself while selling watermelons on Collective Farm marketplace. From literature, we know how a smart agent knows to approach the timid secretary of a high ranking enemy, the latter then making him copies of classified documents during lunch hour. These past years, the major spy scandals are all about information theft. Even so, stuff classified often comes with monetary value attached, and spies are not about the Purpose alone.
Two «gold belt» governments face loan axe and reorganisation
Finance ministry has launched adjustment proceedings regarding six local governments above debt ceilings for two years running, prescribing cuts. These include Keila and Viimsi of the rich circle around Tallinn.
26.11.2014, Jonatan KarjusPM
Part of public info routinely hidden as «official»
In practice, Estonia often imposes for-official-use-only limits on information that ought to be freely accessible by public pursuant to law.
17.11.2014, Oliver KundPM
Name change helps paedophiles keep going
Every year up to ten criminals change their names, the law no longer a limit.
13.11.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Words fly like fiery arrows. For hours
Contemporary Art Museum Estonia (EKKM) and other active citizens are far from okay with a detailed plan change robbing the museum of its garden, outbuildings and options to expand.
12.11.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
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.
Former Russian minister blocked from entering Estonia
This Sunday at Tallinn Airport, border guards blocked entry into Estonia by former Russian minister for nationalities, academician Valery Tishkov – a man under prohibition to enter by Ministry of the Interior. Mr Tishkov (72) was scheduled to speak yesterday at an event organised by media club Impressum on «National relations and conflicts in mirror of politics».
Editorial: quit the PR and guard the border!
Not bad basically when politicians/officials in charge get busy publicly prioritising problems of their domain. And we do realise: the times they are a-changing, asking for altered approach.
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
Ministries speedy to raise wage
Bountiful bonuses persist even after law to curb them entered into force, as revealed by fresh data on salaries in ministries.
02.05.2014, Oliver KundPM
Kross briefly detained, in Bulgaria
On Tuesday afternoon, Bulgarian authorities arrested IRL vice chairman Eerik-Niiles Kross at Sofia airport for a couple of hours. After intervention by Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet, he was released and let go.
17.04.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Editorial: the next dirty trick
In buying up officials from the private sector, Tallinn city government has been a resounding success. The issue not really being euros paid for public service or motivation of servants. Rather, this is about using taxpayer money to purchase loyalty and indebtedness, and indirectly loading party coffers.
Tallinn throws €132,000 to «thank» officials
Elections year in progress, mayor Edgar Savisaar awards his staff with six months of incentive wages and tries to classify sums, for years.
05.09.2013, Tuuli KochPM
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 Berendson