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
How to spin political money
The internal security service and the prosecution believe they have cracked former Tallinn mayor and Center Party head Edgar Savisaar's alleged Swiss money laundering scheme.
14.12.2016, Oliver KundPM
Legal committee discussed leak of Savisaar's case file
Attorney General Lavly Perling, Director of the Estonian Internal Security Service Arnold Sinisalu, and ministers Urmas Reinsalu and Andres Anvelt met with the Riigikogu Legal Affairs Committee yesterday to discuss the publication of the case file of Edgar Savisaar and other accused in the media.
13.12.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Savisaar case did not leak from prosecutor's office, ISS - parlt panel chair
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Estonian parliament obtained certainty on Monday that the materials of the case brought against former Center Party chairman and Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar were not leaked to the media by the Office of the Prosecutor General or the Internal Security Service (ISS), committee chairman Jaanus Karilaid said.
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.
Police arrest chief of Tallinn TV on embezzlement suspicions
Officers of the Central Criminal Police on Wednesday morning detained Toomas Lepp, manager of Tallinn TV (TTV), as suspect in an embezzlement inquiry.
Charges reveal Savisaar's secret life
One of the most thrilling reads of recent years, Edgar Savisaar's criminal file, reveals how things were done in the capital during Savisaar's time in the mayor's office. The most telling example is construction tycoon Aivar Tuulberg's bribery affair.
06.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
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
Suspected killer of underworld leader taken into custody
A man suspected of killing the alleged leader of Estonia's underworld Nikolai Tarankov was taken into custody by a first-tier court at the end of last week.
Darja's killer found thanks to detectives' patience
Talk, talk, talk. Ten times over if necessary – that was the key to finally cracking the case of the murder of 14-year-old Darja.
20.09.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Tallinn borough governor declared suspect as accessory to embezzlement
The governor of the borough of North Tallinn, Raimond Kaljulaid, said on Twitter after an interview with the Internal Security Service (ISS) that he had been declared a suspect as accessory to embezzlement.
Two youths named as suspects in killing Narva schoolgirl in December
A young man born in 1997 is suspected of killing a schoolgirl in the northeastern city of Narva in December 2015 and another youth of the same age, of concealing the crime.
Kruuda feels state flex muscles
On Tuesday, about a dozen armed tax policemen burst into Tere offices at Pärnu Highway. For hours, they digged into documents and hauled off computers. The initial public procedure regarding a secret criminal investigation underway for a year.
18.08.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Kremlin propaganda portal head Kornilov detained by Estonian police
Aleksandr Kornilov was detained yesterday as suspected in tax offence. In 2014 annual account by security police Mr Kornilov is listed for advancing the Kremlin propaganda.
17.08.2016, Liis VelskerPM
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.
Minister: Tallinn airport bomb threat maker knew how to make himself hard to find
Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said that the person who made a bomb threat against Estonia-Germany flights knew how to make finding him as difficult as possible.
Savisaar not granted permission to return to office
The Harju county court on Thursday decided that the exclusion from office of Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar who is under criminal investigation has to continue.
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.
Accountant gambles away EUR 1 mln clients' money
Investigators of the Estonian central criminal police's economic crime division detained on Monday an accountant suspected of embezzling more than one million euros of clients' money a large part of which she gambled away.
Prison sentence requested for man who threatened prime minister
At Harju County Court session yesterday, state prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus required real imprisonment for Martin Kattai accused of threatening to kill prime minister Taavi Rõivas.
31.05.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Tartu deputy mayor suspected of EUR 850,000 benefit fraud
Kajar Lember, deputy mayor of Estonia's second largest city Tartu who was on Tuesday detained by the police for alleged bribe-taking, was still detained on Wednesday afternoon and is being suspected of benefit fraud in the amount of more than 850,000 euros.
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
Leedo: price of political support stood at €4m
At Tartu County Court this Monday, shipping businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo testified that former Port of Tallinn board member Allan Kiil (then Reform) asked him for €4m in 2014 in return for political support which would have ensured Mr Leedo the support needed to have ferryboat traffic contract extended. According to him, Mr Kiil said he would have had, regarding paying the money and getting the support, to communicate with then Port of Tallinn chairman Remo Holsmer (Reform), who «does that thing at the port».
19.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
He worked for years at other end of Estonia. Never knew it
Leonid Mihhailov used to work at a car repair shop, as self employed person and paying all his due taxes, writes Den za Dnyom. In 2014, he broke his leg and was on sick leave for two months. Having no income and thus unable to send in the tax money, he opted to give up current job.
04.04.2016, Margus MihkelsPM
Estonian railway official suspected of violation of tender rules
Officials of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Tuesday detained for 48 hours the head of the communications and safety department of the state-owned railway company Estonian Railways, Indrek Suld, who is suspected of violating tender rules.
03.03.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Trial of Kaur Kender on child porn charges to be partially closed
The Tallinn-based Harju county court announced on Wednesday that the trial of writer Kaur Kender, charged with the production of child pornography, will be held partially behind closed doors.
Dealer swollows fentanyl as arrested. Stomach cut open
Under very eyes of police, a dealer swallowed large amount of fentanyl. To save his life, stomach had to be cut open in hospital and plastic bag with drugs removed.
08.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Savisaar allowed to travel to Switzerland
The prosecutor's office allowed chairman of Estonia's Center Party Edgar Savisaar, who is under suspicion of graft and has because of that been suspended from the office of mayor of Tallinn, to travel to Switzerland, the daily Postimees reports.
02.02.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Driver killed in taxi robbery
Yesterday morning near Pulli Village, Pärnu County taxi driver Lembit (65) was found dead having fallen victim of taxi robbery Sunday night. The suspects, young men aged 18 and 20, were held by police in Lithuania.
02.02.2016, Martin LainePM
Prosecutor's office suspecting arson at Otepaa hotel
Estonia's South district prosecutor's office opened an investigation to look into Tuesday's fire at a hotel in southern Estonian regional capital Otepaa based on the article of the Penal Code dealing with arson.
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
Criminal proceeding opened as MP's blood alcohol content exceeds 1.5 permille
A criminal procedure was opened after Dmitri Dmitrijev, the MP who crashed his car while intoxicated shortly after midnight on Thursday, was found to have a blood alcohol concentration higher than 1.5 permille.
Governor of Central Tallinn charged with embezzlement
Prosecutors have charged Alar Naame, governor of the borough of Central Tallinn, with embezzling 2,800 euros from the borough government, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR said.
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.
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
Police catch man as suspect in double murder
Police alerted by neighbors found the bodies of two men in their 50s apparently stabbed to their deaths in a village in western Estonia on Tuesday evening and arrested a 51-year-old man as suspect in the killings shortly afterwards.
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.
Two Estonian men deny supporting Islamic terrorism in court
Two Estonian men whose trial on charges of supporting Islamic terrorism began in a Tallinn court on Monday pleaded not guilty.
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
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
124 children evacuated from kindergarten due to chemical contamination
On Wednesday rescuers had to evacuate 124 children from a kindergarten in Estonia's Harju County because chemical contamination occurred in a maintenance room as a result of one employee's mistake and the prosecutor's office launched a criminal investigation.
Want an easier driving test? Pay €200 extra
Road Administration has asked for help by driving test examiners from other regions, to fill the hole created by five out of nine examiners at Tallinn division suspected in accepting bribes.
27.10.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
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.
Reasons why Ms and Mr Rosimannus were spared from scrutiny
Postimees delved deep into reasons why outwardly vital criminal investigations were omitted in Autorollo bankruptcy case such as link the incident to top politicians at Reform Party.
21.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
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
In one month, two houses and business premises have been torched in Tallinn and Harju County. The victims are convinced this is the doing of a one-time mutual friend.
06.10.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Lawyer of Kiil applying for electronic surveillance instead of custody
Defense lawyer of Allan Kiil, former member of the management board of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn who is suspected of accepting bribes on a large scale over a period of several years, Aivar Pilv, is applying for his client to be released from custody and to be subjected to electronic surveillance.
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.
Fire at Estonia's refugee center investigated as arson
A fire that spread to about ten square meters of the outside lining of the building of the accommodation center for asylum seekers in Vao village in north-central Estonia early on Thursday morning is being investigated as arson.
Estonian prosecution suspecting Kiil of accepting millions of euros in bribes
Former member of the board of the Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn, Allan Kiil, is being suspected of accepting bribes worth millions of euros while former chairman of the board Ain Kaljurand is suspected of accepting hundreds of thousands of euros in bribes, public prosecutor Laura Feldmanis said on Friday at a press conference.
Suspicion: Kiil amassed money with Kaljurand aware
The most valuable part of what security police has collected, this past year, is extracts of bribes-related conversations between Port of Tallinn chief Ain Kaljurand and his deputy Allan Kiil.
28.08.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
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.
Ex-head of Latvian Railways tried to escape arrest
Ugis Magonis, the former head of Latvijas Dzelzcels (Latvian Railways), tried to escape from the anti-corruption officers who arrived to detain him last week, information obtained by BNS suggests.
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.
Driver of vehicle in four-victim crash was severely drunk
The 23-year-old driver of the car in which four people were killed in an accident in Estonia's southern Tartu County on the evening of Aug. 4 was severely intoxicated, the investigation has established.
Prosecutor demands 16-year imprisonment in Russia for Estonian security official
Prosecutors demand a 16-year prison sentence for the Estonian security official Eston Kohver charged with spying by Russian authorities.
The Assar Paulus gang finally faces court
At Harju County Court yesterday, court case over alleged criminal gang of Assar Paulus commenced at long last, the materials having been filed this January. Mr Paulus has been under arrest since April last year.
11.06.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
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
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.
Prosecutors charge Vaino Pentus, Siim Roode in Autorollo case
The North district prosecutor's office has charged Vaino Pentus and Siim Roode with offenses committed in connection with the insolvency of the road haulage company OU Autorollo.
Court to discuss school shooter's case behind closed doors in September
Tartu county court is to discuss behind closed doors on Sept. 18 the case of the student who shot and killed his teacher in the South Estonian town of Viljandi last fall.
Another Estonian court finds Toobal, Laasi guilty
Estonia's Tallinn circuit court on Tuesday found MPs Lauri Laasi and Priit Toobal as well as the Center Party guilty of several offenses, including unauthorized surveillance, but the defendants have decided to take the case to the Supreme Court.
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.
Guys accused of rape acquitted
By two instances of court, Ida-Viru County youths accused in attempted rape of girl of 12 as the court and prosecutors office failed to verify guilt.
13.03.2015, 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
Eesti Energia says killed miners had years of experience
The two miners killed in an accident in the underground Estonia mine Thursday night had many years of experience, said the owner of the mine, the state-held energy group Eesti Energia.
Two killed in mining accident in NE Estonia
Two workers were killed in an accident in the Estonia mine in northeastern Estonia Thursday night.
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.
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.
Viljandi school shooter taken into custody
The student who shot and killed his teacher during class in the South Estonian town of Viljandi at the end October was taken into custody on Tuesday.
Cop complains about kick by boss
New standard set at solving differences on the job: a policeman just thoroughly demoted during reforms tells internal audit his new superior kicked and verbally abused him at exercises. The kick was a reality, but this week prosecutor’s office closed the case due to lack of necessary elements of criminal offence.
28.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
A spy chief on cocaine
Sergei Bõstrov, for years in charge of a top priority department at Estonian foreign intelligence, was a cocaine user – as unearthed by criminal case regarding embezzlement of money at the agency.
27.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Prosecutor tight-lipped regarding Viljandi school-shooting
Last Wednesday, Prosecutor’s Office took the stand of having nothing to say publicly about the school shooting in Viljandi, and the process of investigation will not be commented.
07.11.2014, Marko SuurmägiPM
An attorney-general missing the courtroom
As advised by justice minister, current Chief State Prosecutor Lavly Perling was appointed new Attorney-General by government yesterday, having last week secured green light by legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu. Ms Perling entered office today.
31.10.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Government appoints Lavly Perling chief prosecutor
Estonian government on Thursday appointed Lavly Perling as prosecutor general.