Hit plan let down by SMS
Estonian Imre Arakas, who is under constant police attention in Europe courtesy of his infamous reputation, was caught planning a professional hit in Ireland. He is believed to be connected to several contract killings abroad.
06.04.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Estonian court denies early release to traitor Herman Simm
Estonia's Tartu county court on Wednesday decided not to grant early release on parole to Herman Simm, a former senior national security official convicted of treason in 2009.
Man behind bomb threats sent to prison
Harju County Court convicted Russian activist Vladislav Pälling (33) of making bomb threats against flights from Estonia to Germany in the name of Islamic extremists last July in agreement process and sent him to prison for a period of four months yesterday.
15.03.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Blackmail using nudes
It all started with words. “See, now you have a man who appreciates you and treats you like a princess,” 37-year-old hobby actor and cashier Margus Sepp wrote to one of his victims in October of 2014. A little later he added: “Darling, you are in my heart, and soul, and head every minute.” (spelling unchanged here and elsewhere – ed.)
03.01.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Cornerstone laid for new compound of Tallinn prison
In a ceremony on Tuesday, Estonia laid the cornerstone for the new Tallinn prison that is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.
Estonian court sends to prison two Lithuanian car thieves
The Tartu county court on Monday sent to prison two Lithuanian car thieves who belonged to a criminal group who stole cars and sold them in Lithuania.
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
«I stay away from the Al-Qaeda and Taliban bunch and mind my own business»
It's quite a feat for the ship guards to talk to loved ones. Cannot call over the phone, no Internet... The usual is for acquaintances to take letters into the prison, and then take the answers out. My interview with Lauri Ader went via his mother emailing back and forth with people in India.
03.06.2016, Toomas RandloPM
On road towards smoke free prisons, fuelled by fruit and sudoku
This May, Estonian prisons entered a healthy living motivational programme to prepare inmates for November 1st when all prisons should be smoke free.
03.06.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian formin expresses gladness over Savchenko's release
Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand on Wednesday expressed gladness over the release of Ukrainian pilot and member of the parliament Nadiya Savchenko, and said that the whole trial was at variance with the principles of administration of justice.
Estonian cyberscam defendant sentenced to 7 yrs in jail in US
Estonian businessman Vladimir Tsastsin has been sentenced in New York to over seven years in prison for his role in a cyberscam that infected 4 million computers in over 100 countries.
Fraudster, saint or two-faced Janus?
Court verdicts say that the businessman Raivo Paala is a hardened veteran fraudster who has tried to cheat the state with hundreds of millions of euros. Meanwhile, Mr Paala has this other face of an uncompromising fighter for human rights.
14.04.2016, Nils NiitraPM
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
Estonian appeals court leaves school shooter's punishment unchanged
The Tartu circuit court on Thursday upheld for the most part the ruling of the lower-level Tartu county court in the case of the Viljandi school shooter, including the punishment meted out to the youngster.
Manhunt by minor scoundrels in central Tallinn
The very day the public was pondering the brutality of crooks who beat up a father of small child in Tartu, a most cynical gang of young scoundrels quietly got their verdict for beating up people in Tallinn basically just for the fun of it.
21.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
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
Estonia stands out with high rate of prisoners among European countries
Estonia is in the forefront in the relative number of prisoners, length of prison sentence as well as the rate of people sentenced to prison for drug crimes, it can be seen from data published by the Council of Europe on Tuesday.
«Pro» ranks thinned
In two initial months of the year the police caught eight professional thieves in Tallinn. A record.
«An excellent result,» observed Toomas Jervson of Northern prefecture. His «apartment group» hunting the burglars day in and day out, eight arrests is over 10 percent of the total of 70 or so in the business in Tallinn.
04.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Russia arrests Estonian businessman on spying charges
Russian special services last week arrested an Estonian citizen, Raivo Susi, and are investigating the activities of the businessman who engaged in the purchase and sale of training aircraft as alleged espionage, Interfax said.
Estonian ship guards imprisoned in India decide to appeal
Estonian ship guards who were on Jan. 11 sentenced to prison for five years in India have decided to appeal the decision and at the same time submit a request to be released for bail, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.
«Thief in Law» epitome shocks court by owning up
This Wednesday, Harju County Court was served the surprise of its life: a most notorious criminal in Estonia and for decades making it his principle to avoid any cooperation with authorities, Chechen Ruslan Junusov announced he pleaded guilty in robbery and desired agreed punishment.
22.01.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Having abandoned ship guards, employer still in business
Advanfort, employer of the ships guards jailed in India, is still in business and, surprisingly, even contacted Estonian foreign ministry last week promising to help the Seaman Guard Ohio crew now behind bars.
22.01.2016, Toomas RandloPM
Five years in jail explained
While lawyer to ship guards Palanivel Muthusamy claimed they managed to refute almost all accusations against the Estonians, the verdicts reveals that only two fell away from five.
19.01.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: how much more left to live as inmates in India?
After over two long years in India, the five year prison sentence was bad news for ship guards and loved ones. And to all of us hoping for the best.
Estonian court gives life sentence to man who killed 2 in Narva
The Viru county court in northeastern Estonia on Thursday found 30-year-old Anton Bulbenko guilty of killing two people and a threat to kill a third person and sentenced him to life in prison.
UK court gives long jail terms to Estonian watch robbers
The Leeds Crown Court on Monday handed down long prison sentences to three Estonian men it found guilty of a robbery conspiracy in which high value watches worth approximately 1.3 million euros were stolen at gunpoint in Leeds and in London, Yorkshire Evening Post said.
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
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.
The chips stall guy and his cocaine biz
Not limited to selling fish and chips in Baltic Railway Station, Tallinn, Andrei Izotov was in cocaine business landing him behind bars for eight years along with confiscation of personal assets.
07.10.2015, Risto BerensonPM
Estonian president thanks Kohver for remaining firm in prison
Paying a visit to Eston Kohver, official of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) sentenced to 15 years in jail in Russia in August and then exchanged for a former ISS staffer convicted of treason in Estonia, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves thanked Kohver for remaining firm, brave and loyal in captivity.
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.
Conviction of Estonian security official takes effect in Russia
The conviction of Eston Kohver, the Estonian security police officer who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Russia on Aug. 19, stepped into force, the Pskov regional court reports on its home page.
McCain: Kohver must be released immediately
Speaking at a press conference in Tallinn on Friday, U.S. Senator John McCain called the sentencing of Estonian security official Eston Kohver in Russia unjust and said Kohver must be released immediately.
Estonia to continue paying Eston Kohver his salary
Eston Kohver, the staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) kept in detention in Russia for almost a year and sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Russian court on Wednesday, continues to receive his monthly salary from ISS.
Mother: She was my only child. She is no more...
«Why?» sighed mothers and fathers all over the land, hearing about the tragic traffic accident that took the lives of four young people in Tartu County this Tuesday. Just some soundness of mind could have avoided it all.
06.08.2015, Nils NiitraPM
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
Judge presiding over Estonian security official's trial in Russia replaced
The case of Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) official Eston Kohver charged with spying in Russia has been handed over to judge Yulia Ulanova of the Pskov regional court.
24.07.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
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.
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
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.
Anna-Maria Galojan released from prison
Anna-Maria Galojan, former head of the NGO Estonian European Movement convicted of embezzlement, has served her five-month sentence and was released from prison on Tuesday.
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.
Inmate in race with time to save foot
Falsely diagnosed, after years of treatment a crook is found to suffer of a disease totally different. The prison in which he cannot be helped wants to set the man free but the court says no.
06.04.2015, 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.
182 prisoners kept under electronic surveillance in 2014
Estonian courts last year approved electronic surveillance of 182 convicts on probation and as of Monday 83 individuals were wearing an ankle bracelet.
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.
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.
State seeking solution to cut serial complaining
Justice ministry law policy vice chancellor Kai Härmand says they are seeking solutions to deal with avalanche of appeals by inmates.
11.12.2014, Nils NiitraPM
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
Bums and fools in loan shark jaws
While investigating an international computer fraud, in spring of 2012 economy police spotted a suspicious behaviour pattern of its alleged leader and his acquaintances – the young guys loved to have dealings with outcasts or people slightly disabled. Daily.
11.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
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
War criminal displeased with jailhouse in Tartu
Milan Martić, the last president of the unrecognised Republic of Serbian Krajina and an internationally convicted war criminal, is unsatisfied with conditions at Tartu Prison and wants to do his time in Central Europe.
21.10.2014, Toomas RandloPM
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
Businessmen pull mega wool over banker eyes
In October 2006 SEB entered a good deal, or so it seemed. The bank agreed to lend €18.5m (290 million Estonian kroons) so real estate developers could erect a nice business and parking building in Tallinn city centre.
22.05.2014, Risto BerensonPM
A psychological portrait of Putin
A psychological portrait of Putin, as painted by Tiit Kärner, senior research fellow at Institute of Physics, University of Tartu.
06.05.2014, Tiit KärnerPM
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
Estonia to counsel Latvia on building cell-type prison
Interior security officials from Estonia will counsel Latvia on the construction of a new prison with cell-type housing in that country.
Woman Gets 20-Year Sentence for Killing Own Child
Harju County Court has sentenced a Tallinn woman to 20 years in prison for the aggravated murder of her newborn daughter, reported ERR News.
24.01.2013, ERR News