Russian rapist to become outlaw in Estonia
Alexei Vronchenko, who spent eight years in prison for raping his stepdaughter, has been suspended in limbo for more than a year – the police want to expel the Russian citizen, while Russia refuses to have him.
05.05.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
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
Estonian security agency caught person recruited by Russia's GRU
The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) caught a person at the beginning of this year who had been recruited by the Main Intelligence Agency (GRU) of the armed forces of Russia, ISS chief Arnold Sinisalu told journalists at the presentation of the 2016 yearbook of ISS on Wednesday.
Security agency: Russia sent own right-wing extremists to Estonia for Nazi labeling
Sticking labels on Estonia is typical for Russian propaganda and there have been cases where right-wing extremists have been brought in from Russia to display Nazi symbols during Estonian events, Estonia's Internal Security Service (ISS) says in its yearbook for 2016 published on Wednesday.
12.04.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Palts defeats Russian army in Crimea
Former Tallinn mayor, businessman Tõnis Palts is defending real estate he owns on the Black Sea shore in Crimea and recently defeated the Russian defense ministry in court. The dispute is set to move to a higher instance court next.
30.03.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Money from Moldova disappeared in North Tallinn
The two biggest beneficiaries of the Russia-Moldova cash flow in Estonia are phantom clients of tycoon Endel Siff's modest office building in Tallinn's Bekker port.
23.03.2017, Joosep VärkPM
Bitter moment of truth for Estonian banking
The lion's share of the $1.6 billion of Russian money laundered through Estonian banks came straight from a suspicious Moldovan bank, information uncovered by an international group of investigative journalists reveals.
22.03.2017, Joosep VärkPM
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
Reps entrapped by Russian propaganda
Education Minister Mailis Reps maintains: “I have not given Sputnik those interviews!” Reps is referring to two interviews published by the Estonian portal of Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik in recent weeks. One is a radio interview on Russian-language education in Estonia, the other a written interview on the Holocaust.
20.02.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Russia expects return favor for transit
Outgoing director of Estonian Railways Sulev Loo describes how trains pile up in the Saint Petersburg junction, while political passivity and an unfortunate railroad reform are keeping them from being sent to Estonia.
15.02.2017, Andres ReimerPM
Threat compass still pointed east
“The regime in Russia currently makes it the only threat to the constitutional order and territorial integrity of Estonia. There is no cause for panic. The likelihood of a direct military attack against NATO member Estonia and NATO remains low but not nonexistent,” said Director of the Information Board Mikk Marran when presenting the “Estonia in the International Security Situation 2017” report yesterday.
09.02.2017, Joosep VärkElu
Trumpi vastu suunatud protestiaktsioone kajastanud ajakirjanikke võib ees oodata vangistus (2)
Russia Today ja Vocativi ajakirjanikke, kes kajastasid USA presidendi Donald Trumpi vastu suunatud protestiaktsioone, võib ees oodata kuni kümne aasta pikkune vanglakaristus.
25.01.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinElu
Video: Venemaal valmis Trumpi auks mälestusmedal (1)
Täna USA presidendi ametisse astuv vabariiklane Donald Trump saab Venemaalt kaks kingitust, millest üks on tema auks vermitud medal ja teine on pitsrätik.
20.01.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinElu
Pildid: Tallinna külastas Missis Russia 2015, kes on muuseas ka kuue lapse ema!
Esmakordselt külastas Tallinna Missis Russia 2015 - Jekaterina Kirmel, kes on muuseas ka kuue lapse ema!
Ukraina politsei otsib meest, kes üritas jäljendada Berliini jõuluturu rünnakut
Ukraina politsei otsib meest, kes tappis Odessas 42-aastase naise ja tema kaheaastase tütre ning üritas siis jäljendada Berliini jõuluturu rünnakut, sõites 160 kilomeetrit tunnis eesmärgiga tappa jalakäijaid.
30.12.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Russians have high interest in traveling to Estonia for year-end
Tickets to rail services between Russia and Estonia for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday period have been sold out and operator Go Rail hopes to be able to satisfy more demand by bringing in additional rail cars.
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 PiirsaluE24
Saksamaa ettevõtted näevad Venemaas suurt potentsiaali (1)
Saksamaa ettevõtted on Trumpi valimisvõidust innustatuna ning sanktsioonidest häirimatuna hakanud jälle Venemaale suurinvesteeringuid tegema, kirjutab Wall Street Journal.
Officials parry talk of East turn
While Estonia discusses tax changes, both government office, as well as foreign and defense ministry officials are busy combating rumors started by some foreign publications of a Kremlin-minded government about to take power in Estonia.
18.11.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Ratas: Estonian Center Party's agreement with United Russia is non-active
According to Juri Ratas, chairman of Estonia's Center Party which on Wednesday launched consultations to set up a new government, his party's cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling party United Russia is not active.
Russia preparing to clam up
Head of the one-man firm called the Baltic Center of Russian Studies, Vladimir Juškin, dispassionately analyzes potential developments in Russia. He finds that sanctions that many have criticized are very effective in the long run, and that Putin is trying to shake them to avoid a domestic collapse.
07.11.2016, TEET KORSTEN, PõhjarannikPM
Traitor Dressen deprived of citizenship
The government decided yesterday to deprive Viktoria Dressen, wife of former Internal Security Service (KAPO) operative, convicted traitor Aleksei Dressen, of citizenship. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said during the press conference that the decision constitutes a precedent in re-independent Estonia.
04.11.2016, Liis Velsker
Venemaa saatkond Ühendkuningriigis kujutab eurooplasi «homosigadena» (5)
Möödunud laupäeval riputas Venemaa saatkond Ühendkuningriigis Twitterisse solvava karikatuuri, millel eurooplasi on kujutatud «homosigadena».
26.10.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Estonia will not participate in bilateral defense-related talks with Russia
Estonia will not accept the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Defense to hold bilateral defense-related consultations in Moscow.
Russian formin hopes for constructive cooperation with Estonia's new formin
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov congratulated Jurgen Ligi on being appointed Estonia's new foreign minister and expressed hope for constructive cooperation in promoting bilateral relations, the Russian embassy in Tallinn said.
Transport planes have them, fighters do not
Russian air force fighters have not used transponders that conform to Western standards for at least the past 15 years, says commander of the Air Surveillance Division Maj. Hardi Lämmergas.
06.09.2016, Oliver KundPM
Russian warplanes cannot switch on transponders
Russian President Vladimir Putin said rather unexpectedly during his visit to Finland in early July that he is willing to discuss switching on the transponders of Russian warplanes flying over the Baltic Sea that would render the former visible to civilian aircraft. People breathed a sigh of relief in Estonia and elsewhere and wondered why it took Moscow so long to arrive at the rather sensible idea. It now turns out, however, that Russian military aircraft do not have transponders.
06.09.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
20 observers arrive from Russia for presidential election
At the initiative of the nonprofit Center for European Initiatives (CEI) and Russia's largest election monitor Golos, 20 monitors have arrived from Russia to observe the parliamentary ballot round of Estonia's presidential election.
Venemaa sõiduautotoodang kahanes seitsme kuuga 18 protsenti
Venemaal toodeti seitsme kuuga 611 000 autot, mis on 18,1 protsenti vähem kui aasta tagasi, teatas Venemaa statistikaamet, kirjutab BNS.
Editorial: on Russia's August curse
The August curse is a perceived phenomenon in Russia, in which tragic events are felt to occur unusually often in the month of August. All sorts of natural and supernatural explanations have been presented for the phenomenon.
Private cars increasingly bought from Russia
Used car purchases in Estonia from Russia are significantly up having almost quadrupled year-on-year.
11.08.2016, Ilja SmirnovPM
Sending back a Vietnamese costs thousands of euros
This year, Estonia had dozens of Vietnamese enter it illegally. Yesterday, the last one i.e. No 30 was flown back home.
03.08.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: Clinton v Trump
In Philadelphia yesterday, the Democratic Party ended its convention by setting up Hillary Clinton as presidential candidate. To showcase party unity, lots of top cadres supported Ms Clinton such as president Barack Obama and her primaries opponent Bernie Sanders. Somewhat surprisingly, a culmination was the emotional and mighty address by first lady Michelle Obama, historic by now no doubt.
Polish analyst: four battalions no invasion force (1)
While Russia may accuse NATO for acting to threat, the four battalions obviously aren't a force to attack them with says Michał Baranowski of Marshall Foundation in Poland as interviewed by Postimees.
13.07.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Editorial: MEPs meet a Hitler in Syria to shake hands
According to former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, shaking hands with the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is like shaking hands with Adolf Hitler.
Entrepreneurs unsupportive of proposal by Vähi
Responding to call by former prime minister Tiit Vähi to improve (business) relations with Russia, entrepreneurs showed understanding while, unlike the Poet of Sillamäe owner, they support troops of NATO in Estonia.
05.07.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: don't sell security for pottage of lentiles
The closer the NATO summit in Warsaw, the more abundant the Kremlin propaganda and – somewhat surprisingly – the repeating of like messages by our own people. Such are not many, however, as seen in answers by entrepreneurs interviewed in Postimees today.
Blog busy assessing anti-Estonian propaganda
Starting yesterday, a blog called Propastop.org involved in uncovering anti-Estonian propaganda is publishing a propaganda thermometer to equip public for differentiating media attacks from ordinary news.
21.06.2016, Merike TederPM
Hanso: Kremlin itself is turning Ukraine into a Western nation
In Brussels yesterday, defence minister Stepan Poltorak faced the press after the NATO-Ukraine committee session. The first question, a sharp one, was by a countryman: «Isn't controversial that our army is being reformed by the same people who ruined it for 24 years?»
16.06.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Editorial: 75 years since the initial deportations
In the Russian language sphere people sometimes say they wish the others would «get Stalin.» Always, it is for the others, for who would want to have his live valued as nothing.
Performance-kunstnik Al Paldrok: performance peab olema tempel mällu! (1)
Neljapäeval toimub kunstinädala Tallinn Art Week raames Performance-Plahvatus ja sellest, mis juhtuma hakkab, räägib või ehk ka ei räägi üks osalejatest Al Paldrok. Kui küsimuseks on, milleks peab valmis olema või mida kartma, ütleb tema: "Kindlasti peaks kartma, sest kunst ei ole midagi ootuspärast, selles ongi kunsti ja meelelahutuse vahe. Performance väärtus on selles, et teed ühekordset asja, mida pole enne tehtud ja teist korda täpselt sama asja kogeda ei saa, ootamatus ongi sisse kirjutatud ja see peab olema tempel mällu!"
Foreign minister of Ukraine stresses need for greater European support
With the return of Nadezhda Savtchenko a big win for Ukraine, there are other political prisoners in Russia, Crimea and Donbas who must be fought for said Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, talking to Postimees in Tallinn yesterday.
Michael McFaul: Russians were never promised NATO non-expansion to Eastern Europe
These past two years have seen tensions arising between Russia and the West which have let to talk about a new Cold War. Interviewed by Postimees, Stanford University professor and former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul – indisputably a top ranking Russia expert in the USA – shares about the recent US-Russia confrontation on the Baltic Sea, and Russia-West relations.
07.06.2016, Taavi MinnikPM
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
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
EU energy chief differs with Nord Stream 2 team
Vice president of European Commission regarding energy union, Maroš Šefčovič says no business project has encountered such political headwinds as the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline. If the builders wish to carry out their current plans to complete the work by 2019, he says they will have to consider all EU rules the third energy package included.
30.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: the importance of a clear message
The closer we are drawing to the Warsaw summit of NATO on July 8-9, the louder and sharper is Russia in its statements, obviously intending to sow discord and create anxiety in the West. Meanwhile, to ensure security, the very unity and steadfastness is our key.
It’s the Black Sea, «stupid»!
There is a joke about an American Republican in Russia. He says: «When I lived in the US, I thought President Obama was incompetent, weak on Russia. Now I watch Russian TV and it turns out that he is an anti-Russian strategic genius with universal influence.»
25.05.2016, Veronica AnghelPM
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.
«Old mother Kunks» rings bell at other end of world
In Russia's Far East, the fervent lovefor home in Old mother Kunks aka Kunksmoor created by novelist Aino Pervik proved so actual as to make the local Vladivostok puppet theatre premiere it this past Saturday.
23.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russia's FSB announces arrest of alleged Estonian spy in St. Petersburg
A stateless resident of Estonia has been arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia for gathering classified information of military nature on orders from the Estonian authorities, Interfax news agency said.
Viking era sword handed back to Ukraine
A viking era sword was confiscated from a truck driving across Luhamaa border point from Russia into Estonia this March. Yesterday, it was ceremonially returned to Ukrainian state, its rightful owner.
Editorial: a goal from the blessed past
Does it make sense for Estonia to toil to get its temporary seat at UN Security Council? Depends on the role we attribute to UN and its security council in the world today. And, secondly, on ability to task Estonian foreign services with what fits the present reality and our own particular interests.
Dancing with Russia on the avalanche edge
Soviet soldiers are getting their biggest statue as liberators in Slovenia this summer. It will be unveiled by Vladimir Putin himself in July. Outsiders must be shocked by the event that will take place in the heart of NATO and EU. But actually it is just the climax of long walk on the very top of the snowy mountains. Walk that gives you best views but can also result in the longest fall. The secret traps of avalanches could be triggered by one wrong footstep or even just wrong sound.
12.05.2016, Jure Brankovič, LjubljanaPM
Small towns in race for ferry link to Kotka
As international passengers grow exceedingly numerous, businessmen Tiit Vähi in Sillamäe and Einar Vallbaum in Kunda are in earnest competition for ship line to Kotka, a coastal city in Finland.
09.05.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: game of drones in sky, media, and minds
No surprise that Russia wants to affect us. What matters most is reaction in the society.
Experts say lion's share of NATO leak is hot air
The picture painted before media eyes in Norway by leaked NATO report regarding Russian special units in Estonia is exaggerated and only partially reflects reality, think the experts.
04.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Culture ministry: compatriots in Crimea are supported within our means
Culture ministry vice chancellor Anne-Ly Reimaa responsible for cultural diversity says Estonian state understands the situation of Estonians in Crimea.
03.05.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
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
Legally illegal. A day in the life of homeless Africans
Postimees spent a day with Africans held in Harku Detention Centre for 18 months. Now, the guys are Tallinn's outlaws – impossible to expel and without right to be here.
02.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
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
At present, words of the cultured carry no such weight as at end of 1980ies, observes folklorist and former first lady Ingrid Rüütel (EKRE) while admitting Estonia could never solve the problems of the nations of the world. Even so, Estonia might play a part in international cooperation provided we feature wise, experienced and balanced politicians.
26.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Merkel says Germany would agree to greater involvement in Baltic defense
Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany would agree to contribute more to the defense of the Baltic states, but does not elaborate in what form.
«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 ReimerPM
Editorial: from acknowledging the weaknesses to credible deterrence
With Russia aggressively involved in Northern Caucasus and Eastern Ukraine these past few years as well as increasingly testing the local borders, Estonian and Baltic worries for security are understood. The greater the need for collection of information and analysis for prudent conclusions.
Russia should not be allowed to perceive it can act unchallenged
NATO needs to decisively acknowledge Russian danger in Baltic Sea region and significantly increase presence of ground and air forces, as well as of navy says a fresh report.
20.04.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
NATO advised to boost presence on Baltic Sea
The Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) commissioned ICDS to conduct a study on the strategic balance in the Baltic Sea region with aim to contribute, in the run up to the Warsaw Summit, to the discussion on the optimum Alliance military posture in the region. Underneath find its assumptions, findings and recommendations.
19.04.2016, Henrik Praks, Director of ABCDPM
AirBaltic's controversial foreign investor owns «several offshore companies» (1)
«No blood dripping from my hands. Not eating infants. I'm an absolutely normal person,» says Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes, a German who invested €52m in airBaltic in November 2015. Even so, in Latvia the man was regarded controversial enough for Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma to sack transport minister Anrijs Matīss the day after investment decision was announced.
15.04.2016, Marge Tubalkain in BerlinPM
US to station armored brigade in Eastern Europe from 2017 - Pentagon
The United States plans to step up its troop presence in Eastern Europe in response to «an aggressive Russia», with continuous rotations of an additional armored brigade beginning in early 2017, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Survey: 2/3 of Estonian citizens see refugee crisis as bigger threat than Russia
Two-thirds of Estonian citizens regard the migration crisis as a bigger threat than the danger of a Russian aggression, it appears from a poll commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (MTU Uhiskonnauuringute Instituut).
Police: Crackdowns on immigrants in St. Petersburg increasing pressure on Estonian border
Russian authorities conducting raids on illegal immigrants in St. Petersburg can be felt also on the Estonian border, in the form of growing numbers of attempts at illegal crossing of the border, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board says.
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
Editorial: migrants on Estonia-Russia border?
May Russia direct to Estonian border the asylum seekers flow halted at Norwegian and Finnish borders by high level agreements? The honest answer is yes. True, the option is still hypothetical. The other issue being: how, in that case, would Estonian institutions and society react?
Russia might try smothering Estonia with migration
At end of last week, Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) got this troublesome piece of news from Russia about three refugees of Bangladeshi origin apprehended in Ivangorod wishing to enter Estonia. As dozens of Vietnamese with like plans were afterwards detected in Ivangorod, alarm went off in Estonia.
16.03.2016, Oliver Kund
Vene riigitelevisioon toetab silmnähtavalt Donald Trumpi (4)
Venemaa riigitelevisiooni poliitikasaadete juhid ja uudisteankrud pooldavad ja toetavad silmnähtavalt Ameerika Ühendriikide vabariiklaste kõige populaarsemat presidendikandidaati Donald Trumpi.
16.03.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Estonian parlt adopts declaration calling for Savchenko's release
The Estonian parliament on Tuesday adopted the declaration which calls on Russia to release Ukrainian pilot and politician Nadiya Savchenko who has been unlawfully imprisoned in Russia.
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
Estonian foreign intelligence: Russia to increase military power in Baltic direction
Russia has been constantly increasing its military capacity in the direction of the Baltic countries and has also increased the capacity and complexity of exercises, it can be seen from the first annual report of the Estonian Information Board (EIB).
Report: Biggest military conflict danger in Baltics arises from Russia's misconceptions
According to the Estonian Information Board (EIB) the biggest danger of a conflict arising in the Baltic countries derives from the Russian administration's misconceptions.
Foreign intelligence chief: Russia is only country threatening Estonia's independence
Russia is the only country that can jeopardize Estonia's independence or constitutional order, director general of the Estonian Information Board (EIB) Mikk Marran said on Wednesday.
Setos on edge over pennies offered for border land
Kuldar Laanelind, a Seto, is not about to hand his 1,550 square metres of border strip to the state for €90: «I'd have my Dad turn over in his grave for just giving it up like that!»
07.03.2016, Nils NiitraPM
What Russia learns from the Syrian ceasefire
The ceasefire is good news short term for some Syrians, but bad news long term for the West.
04.03.2016, Keir GilesPM
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.
Leaked memo: migrants may move towards borders of Estonia
Closure of the currently popular Balkan migration routes may put pressure on borders of Norway, Finland and the Baltics says a leaked Norwegian foreign ministry memo.
03.03.2016, VG / The Local / PMPM
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.
Naturaalne piim muutub Venemaal haruldaseks (6)
Kaks kolmandikku Venemaa poodides müüdavast piimast osutus mitte lubatud tervislikuks tooteks vaid taimerasvade ja vee seguks, vahendas Eho Russia üleriigiliste kontrollide tulemusi.
27.02.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Donetsk suburb sees no ceasefire
«That's what Europe thinks is armistice...» is how and Ukrainian Army 14th brigade soldier ironically puts it. These past three weeks, his unit has been in constant exchange of fire with separatists in Donetsk who almost daily blast their positions not with light arms only but from mortars. Pursuant to «Minsk-2», these wold have to hold their peace for nearly a year.
26.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonian truckers driven bonkers by migrants
Life is getting tough for Estonian trucking companies on economic community roads. Firstly due to policemen hunting refugees sneaking into cargo. Secondly, competitors are rolling into Europe from the shrinking market in Russia.
25.02.2016, Andres ReimerPM
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.
Russian helicopter violates Estonia's airspace
The Estonian Foreign Ministry has delivered a protest to the Russian ambassador after a Russian Mi-8 helicopter violated the Estonian airspace near the border guard base of Vasknarva shortly before noon on Thursday.
Estonian formin: Difficult to see NATO-Russia ties resuming after Munich
Relations between NATO and Russia being restored at the level of ambassadors is difficult to imagine after the remarks delivered by Russian representatives at the Munich security conference last week, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said on Wednesday.
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
Editorial: the art of reading reports restfully
Of the report of the US think-tank Rand Corporation the slogan-like idea stood out that Russia may take Baltics by blitzkrieg if it so desires. Let such reports be read with an attitude of rest, though – carefully and thoughtfully while not overly dramatizing the details regarding conclusions drawn.
Editorial: the Middle-Eastern «gunpowder keg»
At the beginning of 20th century, interests of then major European nations collided in the Balkans to the degree that the region began to be referred to as a «gunpowder keg». In 1914, it exploded to trigger WW1. Disturbingly, the Middle-East of 21st century resembles another «gunpowder keg» where interests of the West, Russia, the Arab states, Israel, Iran and Turkey clash.
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
Russia itself should grant asylum to refugees arriving there - Estonian MEP
Refugees seeking to enter Europe through Russia should be granted asylum by Russia in the first place, member of the European Parliament from Estonia Urmas Paet said in a speech at the international relations department of Columbia University.
Editorial: it always hurts to not be needed
Layoffs are never pain free. Not even when realizing the forced situation of the employer. Not even when the labour market situation points to other options. With dozens and hundreds getting the notice at one sweep, the public rightfully asks why. Whoever works in a related field, will naturally be asking some questions...
The great Keila layoff: a bang. Then, silence
The smokers «cages» attached to the wiring systems maker PKC provided the only and lonely place, yesterday, for those painfully laid off to come talk to reporters.
12.02.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Estonian minister: Relations with Russia depend on developments in Ukraine
Estonia's relations with Russia must be viewed in the framework of EU-Russian relations and they depend to a large degree on whether and how the Ukraine crisis will be solved, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said.
10-12 tanks added to Pskov Air Assault division
The 76th Guards Air Assault Division in Pskov, Russia and immediate vicinity of Estonia gets boosted by a tank unit. Experts say security of Estonia is thereby under no greater threat.
02.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Border treaty missing in Russian State Duma work schedule
Duty list of Russian State Duma for first half of 2016 makes no mention of ratification of border treaty entered with Estonia though members of both parliaments have agreed that the treaties would be ratified during the current membership of the Duma.
26.01.2016, Andres EinmannPM
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 PulleritsPM
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Andrei Katkov: Sillamäe oil plant has a future
In a rare public interview, owner of Port of Sillamäe and a prominent St Petersburg businessman Andrei Katkov talks about the strengths of the harbour, on why he is investing in Estonia, and why it isn't in Russia's interests to give up transport of goods via Baltic ports.
15.01.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Africa en example for energy independence to Estonia
Thanks to technology revolution, the Estonian eager for innovation will within years break free from energy taxes imposed by the state, and of the major producers pampered with subsidies, predicts World Energy Council's European region head Einari Kisel.
11.01.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: with NATO, or without?
These past years, Russia has not shown itself the trustworthiest of neighbours. As a result, the nations near it are seeking additional guarantees of security.
Allegedly, Khodorkovsky financed projects via ASBL in Estonia
Russian government-minded media is speaking about a Estonia-registered non-profit association through which Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an opponent to president Vladimir Putin, allegedly financed his projects and supporters in Russia.
04.01.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: the Kremlin TV show
In an interview to Postimees in November, a leading Russian media expert Valeri Solovei said he had no idea when the state propaganda effect would weaken on Russia's society but he guessed there would be a glitch in the system someday. Looks like this is troubling the very leaders in Russia in these days of dark clouds gathering on home turf. The grumbling is growing louder. Increasingly, protest actions pop up in various corners of Russia.
Russian military plane intrudes into Estonian airspace
Around Thursday noon a Russian military aircraft intruded into Estonian airspace and the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a note of protest to the Russian embassy in Tallinn.
Analyst doesn't support creating Baltic nuclear weapons free zone
According to an analyst at the International Center for Defence and Security (ICDS) think tank based in Tallinn, the suggestion of the U.S. think tank Stimson Center that a nuclear weapons free zone should be set up in the Baltic region is unrealistic and it would not help to reduce the possible wish of Russia to use nuclear weapons in the region.
Foreign minister says Estonia not intending to claim compensation for damages by occupation
Estonia is not intending to claim compensation from Russia for damages by Soviet occupation, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand told Russian news agency Interfax this Sunday while commenting a memorandum of cooperation signed by justice ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regarding presenting such claim to Russia as legal successor to Soviet Union.
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: the clear red line
The Syrian civil war and Russia's involvement in it have come to a complex stage where, due to variety of options, the further development is difficult to see as additionally muddied by Turkey downing a Russian jet on Syrian border yesterday with one pilot dead. The only thing clear is the line the Turks drew: with warning ignored, action follows.
Incoming foreign intelligence chief says Russia is playing itself into international picture
A long-time chancellor at defence ministry, come New Year Mikk Marran (37) will assume leadership of Estonia's foreign intelligence, the Information Board. Drawing on his current job at the ministry while peeking into the future, he admits to be troubled by Russia's deepening aggressiveness and closeness.
18.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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.
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
Estonian parlt to hold 1st reading of Estonian-Russian border treaty Nov 25
The Riigikogu foreign affairs committee decided on Thursday to put the bill of ratification of the treaties on the land border and the border between the maritime areas of Estonia and Russia before the house for the first reading on Nov. 25.
Border treaty will open way to solution of many problems - Russian ambassador
Successful ratification of the border treaty between Estonia and Russia will open a realistic prospect of solving many other issues, first of all expanding the legal base of bilateral relations, Russia's new Ambassador to Estonia Alexander Petrov told reporters in Tallinn on Tuesday.
Finnish professor: Putin is seeking cooperation
Last week featured a lecture at University of Tartu by Tuomas Forsberg, international politics lecturer at Tampere University and a leading Russian expert in Finland, who says the West was overly optimistic regarding Vladimir Putin at the beginning of last decade, but extremely pessimistic now.
06.11.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: compensation for Soviet damages again tabled
Talking about damages caused for the occupation, thought go towards human lives being destroyed even as we write this, in Ukraine, due to activities by Kremlin. To mainly Russian-speaking people, vast material damage has been caused and the environment devastated. Regrettably, the powers that be at Kremlin have failed to learn the lessons of history that slaughter of people and destruction of assets comes with a price - potentially to be paid by them and their nation.
Baltic countries preparing to claim occupation damages from Russia
Justice ministers of the three Baltic countries on Thursday signed a cooperation memorandum in which they agreed on activities for submitting a claim to Russia as the legal successor of the Soviet Union for the compensation of damage concerning the occupation.
05.11.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
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
Govt releases traitor Dressen from Estonian citizenship
The government here on Thursday released Aleksei Dressen, the counter-intelligence officer sentenced to jail in Estonia for spying for Russia and then exchanged for the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver serving a jail sentence in Russia, of his Estonian citizenship.
Editorial: who pulled the trigger?
By Dutch led investigation into Boeing 777-200 of Malaysia Airlines shot down above East-Ukraine on July 17th 2014, no explicit answer was provided as to who pulled the trigger to bring death to 298 people. What we do know is that Russia has stoked and stirred the events indirectly and directly causing the calamity.
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.
International airport idea near Narva faces Russia fear headwinds
Citing security concerns, interior ministry hesitates to award border and customs control operations to the tiny Olgina Airfield near Narva which wishes to receive private planes flown by Russia's rich.
14.10.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: let's get this border treaty thing over with
A quarter of century process, Estonia-Russia border treaty has undergone debates on either side and twice it has been signed. Hopefully, both will now end up ratifying the document.
Hopes high to have other allies added to incoming Brits
Unable to specify, I think more good news are in store said defence minister Hannes Hanso commenting on the news released yesterday of UK sending soldiers to support Baltics.
09.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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
IRL leader wants govt's ratification decision to refer to Tartu Peace Treaty
The chairman of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), Margus Tsakhna, says the Estonian government must add a reference to the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty to its decision concerning the ratification of the border treaty between Estonia and Russia.
PM: No political declarations will be added to Estonian-Russian border treaty
No political declarations will be added to the border treaty between Estonia and Russia, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Thursday.
Hannes Hanso «embarrassed» that soc dems wanted to cut defence spending
Defence minister Hannes Hanso (44 today, Soc Dems) says the main near term aim is finding a new deputy chancellor for the ministry, and a new chief for Information Board. As for anti-refugee statements by servicemen, he wants to put an end to that.
06.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Whale of a warehouse in Narva to boost e-trade in Estonia
Come next year, web-stores in Estonia are faced with tough competition as Russians-owned Febest Europe Distribution establishes in Narva customs warehouse a distribution centre for global e-commerce giants.
05.10.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Estonian guys tower among the tall in Europe
Untriumphant at European championships in basketball, Team Estonia was sadly short in eyes of media and coaches. In 2010, the basketball union went as far as to proclaim a find-the-tall campaign. So are male Estonians shorties?
22.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Tallinn rocked by farmer power
Addressing the protest rally in front of the parliament building yesterday, Tartu County farmers chief Jaan Sõrra vowed to spread dung across the castle front should governing politicians fail to deliver on EU support as promised.
15.09.2015, Andres ReimerPM
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.
European Parliament calls on Russia to free Estonian security official
European Parliament calls on Russia to free the abducted Estonian security police official, Eston Kohver.
Estonia to break ground in Jordan
For nine years, Estonia and Jordan have toiled at grand joint project to mine oil shale, build a power station and produce shale oil. With the first two, finishing line is in sight.
10.09.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
Estonian ministry says no clarity over Kohver appeal before Monday
Whether or not the jailed Estonian security official Eston Kohver is appealing the verdict handed to him by a Russian court will become clear by Monday, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Editorial: building better border
Judging by the endeavors planning and building Estonia-Russia border, a high tech fence might help secure the Eastern edge of EU in near future.
Editorial: remembering the victims of communism and Nazism
While seemingly so during the brighter moments in human history, we are not on a path towards ever increasing civilization, away from atrocities, crimes and trampling on people's rights. Alas, the year at hand is no guarantee of avoiding the ugliness we eagerly label as «not for 21st century» even when happening before our very eyes.
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.
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
Aleksandr Petrov appointed Russia's new ambassador to Estonia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Aleksandr Petrov Russia's new ambassador to Estonia.
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
Sister and brother battle bother on border
A daily task for Estonia's border guards is phone calls to parents from airport to check if it's okay for their kids to leave the country - the mom and dad have forgotten to «attach» a letter of permission. But even that may not suffice, as a paper acceptable in Estonia may spell suspicion in child abduction to an adult escort elsewhere.
14.08.2015, Oliver KundPM
Millions of taxpayer euros and many years later, magic start-up not on market yet
Having secured over €2.5m from Enterprise Estonia four years ago, the start-up claims to have completed the promised technology called MagicSIM. Alas, the masses are still waiting.
11.08.2015, Aivar PauPM
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
Editorial: cheese laid to rest
Last Thursday, massive and demonstrative imported food destroying action was launched in Russia against stuff falling under countersanctions category.
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.
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
Russia refuses to cooperate with Estonia in investigating Kohver case
Russian authorities do not wish to cooperate with Estonia in the criminal case that was launched by Estonian investigative bodies in regard to the kidnapping of Eston Kohver, the staffer of the Internal Security Service (ISS) who was deprived of his freedom on Estonian territory and taken to Russia by unidentified individuals coming from Russia on Sept. 5, 2014.
Pskov court to take break in trial of Estonian security official
The Pskov regional court is taking a break in the hearings of Eston Kohver, the staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) charged with espionage, possession and smuggling of firearm and illegal border crossing by the Russian authorities, and the next hearing is to take place on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.
Crimean holidays have consequences
While it is not implicitly forbidden to travel to Crimea annexed by Russia, problems must still be considered after returning from its beaches.
04.08.2015, Irina KablukovaPM
Kremlin representative comments of ETV+ channel case
The Kremlin on Friday officially commented on «the Estonian government's recommendation to officials not to talk to journalists from Russian federal media», calling it «strange and difficult to explain».
Editorial: readiness required regarding info attacks
In light of Rossiya 1 TV news «Vesti» clip assumed to cover creation of ETV+ and making an arbitrary montage of material obtained: info war is in full swing. In war, anything goes. And we must go by that.
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
Eston Kohver trial kicks into gear
Yesterday, the long awaited legal process regarding Eston Kohver went into motion at Pskov Oblast courthouse. The Estonian security police (the Kapo) officer stands accused in espionage, illegal border crossing, firearm possession and the smuggling thereof.
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
Pray for Nitrofert to resurrect. Again
This year, Kohtla-Järve missed its celebrated Chemists Day, a joy of the whole town. The chemists of Nitrofert the fertilizer maker, waiting for their lay-offs announced, think back to the glory days of folks bringing the families and having lots of fun.
24.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: Ida-Virumaa in need of increased attention
In Kohtla-Järve, the fertilizer maker Nitrofert lays off all its 426 workers. Unemployment Insurance Fund says the redundant will be advised and assisted, and that the region has vacancies enough. So it's too bad... but not overly so.
Estonia's honour saved by amateurs
Of all Estonian rally racing top doers, Rainer Aus and Simo Koskinen strike the eye as most amateurish – while competitors have four-five mechanics busy about their cars and operations are controlled by team chiefs, the duo's 9-years old vehicle is tweaked by Rainer's daddy with a little help from his friends. At native Rally Estonia, this is the bunch that saved our honour.
20.07.2015, Peep PahvPM
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.
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.
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
Russia to perform observation flights over Estonia, Finland this week
Russia is about to perform observation flights over Estonia and Finland under the Open Skies Treaty, head of Russia's National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergey Ryzhkov announced on Sunday.
Estonia sending new Ambassador to Russia
According to unofficial data, Arti Hilpus currently serving as Estonia’s Ambassador in Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro may surface as next Ambassador of Estonia to Russia.
02.07.2015, Karin KangroPM
Magnitsky Money tracked down in France
On the hunt for «Magnitsky Money» as it has come to be called, French police used data from Office of Estonian Prosecutor General to trigger criminal case citing money laundering and arrested dozens of millions of euros that had arrived via Estonian banks, the former Sampo Bank being the dominant source. As assured by prosecutor general, Estonia has in all likelihood been but a transition nation for the money stolen from Russia and not its destination.
26.06.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
The calm after the storm: Sochi Olympics engulf Estonian village in Russia
Serene and spacious, the village of Krasnaya Polyana or Punase Lageda*, with over 130 years under its belt, has entered it new Post Sochi Olympics Era: no longer Esto-Sadok or Eesti Aiake*, welcome to a mountainous suburb of Sochi.
22.06.2015, Jelena PoverinaPM
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
Estonian formin: Kohver trial in Russia cannot be taken seriously
The trial of the Estonian Internal Security Service staffer Eston Kohver that started in the Pskov regional court in Russia on Monday cannot be taken seriously, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus says.
Russian court finds violations in Estonian security agent's case
The case of the Estonian Internal Security Service official Eston Kohver was returned to the Russian prosecutor general's office in Moscow as the regional court in Pskov found violations in the case at the hearing that began on Monday.
08.06.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Minister: Estonia must look for new markets due to Russian fish embargo
According to Minister for Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse Estonia is looking for alternative markets due to Russia's ban on imports of Estonian fish products, the most important of which is Ukraine.
Might Russian tourists still show up?
For this summertime season, worryingly low are bookings at Estonia’s hotels. Should visitors be down just as sharply as in winter, the blow for local tourism biz might prove severe. For several players, outright catastrophic.
28.05.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: Russia cloning impact tricks
Attacking or child protection rules and depicting these as inhuman – rather a novel type of Russian «treatment» of Estonia.
Eastern neighbour rattling parents in Estonia
Since last fall, Estonia features non-profit organisation Parents of Estonia which has sent letters to social affairs committee of Riigikogu and social ministry and has appeared on Tallinn TV regarding Estonia’s new Child Protection Act facilitating removal of children from parents.
27.05.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Edward Lucas: Russia's Real Choice
I recently teased a senior British official by saying that establishment believes that Vladimir Putin has merely, if regrettably, misperceived Russia's best interests. But eventually the Russian leader would come round, and realise that the West's way is the best way.
18.05.2015, Edward LucasPM
Expert regards Russia as fundamentally weak
Pekka Sutela – an esteemed Finnish economist, expert of Soviet economy and long-term employee in Bank of Finland – breaks myths regarding Russia as an allegedly strong state upheld by vast mineral resources.
11.05.2015, Tõnis OjaPM
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.
Alexander Borodai key figure in abduction of Asson
A key figure at hostage taking of Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers, including the Estonian Tõnis Asson, was the self-proclaimed prime minister of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Borodai, Security Police writes in annual review.
14.04.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Russian industrialists leader on border treaty: window of opportunity presently open
Decision of President Vladimir Putin to send Estonia-Russia border treaties to be ratified by State Duma came on the heels Minsk-2 agreements – not a coincidence as assured Postimees in interview by Alexander Shokhin, the influential leader of Russian union of industrialists and entrepreneurs, for years working towards ratification of border treaties in Moscow.
14.04.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Nordic cos reach agreement on tightening cooperation, including with Baltics
The Nordic countries have agreed to tighten cooperation, including with the Baltic countries, the Norwegian daily Aftenposten reports.
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 ReimerPM
Russia withdrawing from prisoner transfer agreement with Estonia
Russia is set to withdraw from the agreement on the exchange of prisoners with Estonia and the Russian government has made a proposal to President Vladimir Putin to notify Estonia about it, Russia's Interfax news agency said.
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.
Russian govt brings forward Estonia-Russia border accords for ratification
The Russian government on March 5 forwarded the agreements on the land and sea border between Estonia and Russia to President Vladimir Putin, who will put them before the parliament for ratification.
Estonia's exports to Russia down 57 pct y-o-y in January
In January Estonia's exports to Russia totaled 39.6 million euros which is 57 percent less than a year ago, making up only 4 percent of Estonia's total exports, data by Statistics Estonia show.
Kaliningrad saadab reovee otse Läänemerre
Eksperdid hindavad Kaliningradi oblasti tekitatavat reostust Läänemerele katastroofiliseks, sest Venemaa enklaav pole suutnud lääneriikide suurest abirahast hoolimata puhastusseadmeid ehitada.
08.03.2015, Andres ReimerPM
830 kg of hashish found in Lithuanian truck in Narva
Officials found a record amount of 830 kilograms of hashish inside the trailer of a Lithuanian-registered truck at the checkpoint of Narva on the Estonian-Russian border on Thursday.
Formin: Decision of Russian govt committee is just first step
Russian government committee approving the bill regarding the border treaty between Estonia and Russia is just the first step of the Russian side toward ratification of the treaty, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.
Russian govt committee approves bill of border treaty with Estonia
The legislation committee of the Russian government approved the bill submitted by the country's Foreign Ministry regarding the border treaty between Estonia and Russia which among other things determines the border's location in the Bay of Narva and the Gulf of Finland.
English-born suspense novelist found time for writing in Estonia
Estonia-based English writer dreams of the day when one of his books becomes a movie – as this is how the ideas for books are born in his head.
21.02.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
People sneaking into Estonia apply fresh approach
Illegal entrants across border line from Russia have buried dreams of easy «transit» into Nordics. Now, the red line is Piusa River at Estonia’s South-Eastern edge: once over that, they promptly surrender to authorities.
19.02.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: Putin and Orbán
Yesterday saw Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pay a visit to the EU black sheep, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. As part of the unofficial reception, demonstrators were out carrying posters with «Nyet to Putin! Yes to Europe!» and «We’ll be no Russian colony!».
Yuri Vendik diagnoses Russia with Soviet nostalgia
In an interview, Postimees opinion leader of the year journalist Yuri Vendik uncovers an attitude he often encounters in Russia: the states around it are not states, really.
12.02.2015, Argo IdeonPM
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.
Satire launched against Kremlin propaganda
A week ago, media project ARU TV hit the Internet aimed at offering news to Russian speakers in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltics while poking fun at Kremlin propaganda.
05.02.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Personal battlefront wisdom: main thing’s staying alive!
Again, the silence felt way too long. None of us was overly keen to venture outside, to smoke or even to ease oneself. Better to patiently endure...
04.02.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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.
MEP Paet: World cannot look on as situation in Ukraine escalates
Commenting on the attack on the Ukrainian port town Mariupol, member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet said the European Union and the rest of the democratic world cannot look on as the situation in Ukraine is escalating.
Impact of Russian crisis on Estonian businesses smaller than anticipated - Swedbank
The impact on Estonian businesses of the fall in the exchange rate of the Russian ruble and the sanctions imposed on Russia has been smaller than anticipated, it appears from an analysis by Swedbank.
Three Estonian ice fishers go into Russian territory by mistake
Russian border guards on Thursday detained and handed over to Estonia three Estonian men who had entered Russia by mistake while trying to return to a place where they had been fishing the day before.
George Soros: there is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine
There is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine. I have been arguing for a two-pronged approach that balances the sanctions against Russia with assistance for Ukraine on a much larger scale.
08.01.2015, George SorosPM
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
Eight violations of Estonian airspace by Russian warplanes registered in 2014
Aircraft of the armed forces of Russia made eight unauthorized entries into Estonian airspace last year, with most incursions taking place in the vicinity of the tiny Gulf of Finland island Vaindloo.
Editorial: the pain and pleasure of predicting
Throughout the ages, predicting the future by the past and present has been a riveting pastime. Oh the oracles, the crystal balls, the soothsayers and the like. For the fans of stuff more sophisticated, try delving into the «Foundation» series by Isaac Asimov where genius-mathematician Hari Seldon invents a discipline for precision knowledge of the future – psychohistory. By the which he predicts the collapse of the Galactic Empire.
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
Ambassador handed protest note re Russian plane intruding into Estonian airspace
Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday summoned Russian Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov and handed him a protest note regarding an aircraft of the armed forces of Russia once again making an unauthorized entry into the Estonian airspace.
Russian aircraft again intrudes into Estonian airspace
An Antonov An-72 aircraft of the armed forces of Russia made an unauthorized entry into the Estonian airspace on Thursday.
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.
St John’s eager to kick «Estonia 100» into gear
To underline importance of St John’s Church, St Petersburg at birthing Republic of Estonia, celebrations of the centenary of it in 2018 might symbolically commence in this very church, suggest head of congregation Külli Sulg.
22.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Estonian believers in St Petersburg greatly blessed this Christmas
A rare peace of good news from Russia for Estonians, just before Christmas: last Wednesday, head of the Estonians’ congregation in St Petersburg Külli Sulg was handed certificate regarding the church land now belonging to the congregation thereof.
22.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Rouble wreckage to also pinch pensioners in Estonia
Dropping worth of Russian rouble spells trouble for the 3,000 plus seniors in Estonia who draw pension payments from Russian Federation budget as their real income is set to fall.
19.12.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Estonian PM: Russia must follow provisions of Minsk Protocol
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas it is important that Russia follows provisions of the Minsk Protocol, including the promise to take its forces and weaponry out of Ukraine.
Russian economic geographer: propaganda still beats price rise
The massive propaganda has already done its job: economic crisis and price rise alone aren’t enough to make the average Russian doubt the Putin/Kremlin policy, much less protest against it, says a leading expert on life in Russia’s regions, Professor Natalya Zubarevich (60).
18.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Russian tourists not canceling bookings in Estonia yet
The decline of the rouble has not made Russian tourists massively cancel their bookings in Estonian hotels for the New Year holiday but new sales have been affected, spokespeople at several Tallinn hotels told BNS.
Editorial: risks realised, in Russian economy
In economic activities, any entrepreneur and investor needs to consider certain risks. These may be market risks, political risks, geographical risks or even force majeure. In some countries, these risks are lower, and higher in others.
Panic pummels Russian financial markets
Desperate try by Russia’s central bank to halt the free fall of rouble fell flat – following the sharp base interest rise yesterday morning, the currency strengthened just for a few hours, to thereafter totally tumble.
17.12.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
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.
Kremlin foreign policy forger warns against provocations
All signs are pointing towards brinkmanship to return in Russia-West relations, a leading Russian foreign policy expert Prof Sergei Karaganov warns in second half of lengthy interview to Postimees.
15.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Argo Ideon: so what
Heard the song about elections, by the group Leningrad? In the lyrics, the narrator is getting ready for Election Day. He stays sober, «sniffs nothing» etc. But, as the decisive moment arrives, he casts his vote «против всех» – against all who run.
09.12.2014, Argo IdeonPM
For IT-firm Acronis, expanding into Estonia was no easy decision
Yesterday, international data protection systems company Acronis announced creation of new development centre in Estonia, in five years hopefully to employ 500 people.
05.12.2014, Marge TubalkainPM
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
Kerry says US to continue increased presence in Baltic states
The United States will continue its increased military presence in the Baltic states in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Estonia to query Finland over «Soviet» drivers
Foreign ministry intends to ask Finnish colleagues to explain why Finnish diving licences feature Russia or the Soviet Union as birthplace of Estonians.
03.12.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: Moldova maintains trend towards Europe
At 90 percent of votes counted since Sunday election in Moldova, pro-European parties were predicted a tally of 56-58 seats at parliament and the Russia-minded to settle at 43-44. With 101 seats all in all, just like in Estonia, the next Moldovan government will probably lean towards the EU and the West, to continue on current path of integration.
Professor says no way Russia stripped of FIFA World Cup
Recent threats by several world politicians and sports leaders to strip Russia of upcoming football World Cup finals will not alter the great political plans in Kremlin, claims Russian political scientist and visiting professor at University of Tartu Andrey Makarychev.
28.11.2014, Priit PulleritsPM
NATO jets scrambled 100 times over Russian planes near Baltics this year
NATO fighter jets have been scrambled more than 100 times so far this year in response to Russian military planes flying close to the Baltic countries, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense told BNS on Wednesday.
Russia denies violating Estonian, Lithuanian airspace
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied a Dutch report of the incursion of a Russian military transport plane into the airspace of Estonia and Lithuania on Wednesday.
Ex-ambassador Helme warns France against repeating political mistakes
Chairman of the Estonian Conservative People's Party Mart Helme, former Estonian ambassador to Russia, has sent a public letter to French Ambassador Michel Raineri drawing parallels between the sale of Mistral amphibious assault ships to Russia and the Franco-Prussian War that ended in France's defeat.
Sanctions no big damage to EU
European Commission Deputy Secretary-General Henrik Hololei says repercussions from Russian sanctions do show most in EU agriculture, but financial indicators reveal technology to be worst affected.
11.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Editorial: Falling Rouble Blues
Yesterday, central bank of Russia announced of rate of rouble released – no longer having to wobble within a corridor as kept there by support buys while burning the precious cash reserves. To justify the step, avoidance of anti-rouble speculations was cited.
Allegedly oldest Estonian film found in Russian archive
A film discovered in the archives of Gosfilmofond in Russia, believed to be shot in 1913, is set to take the title of the oldest Estonian non-documentary film from «Karujaht Parnumaal» («Bear Hunt in Parnu County») if the year of production proves correct.
Russian turned Estonian patriot denied citizenship
Citizenship Act in force over 20 years stops loyal people becoming citizens of Estonia if for mere month they’ve served in any foreign army.
10.11.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian MP calls on South Korea to join sanctions against Russia
Estonian MP Marianne Mikko, who visited South Korea as part of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly delegation, called on the East Asian country to join sanctions against Russia.