Church installs altar window illegally
Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Urmas Viilmaa sanctified the new stained-glass altar window of Lüganuse church by well-known artist Andrei Lobanov last Sunday. The only problem is that the congregation forgot to notify the heritage protection watchdog of work done on the protected building and could now be looking at sanctions.
10.11.2016, TEET KORSTEN, PõhjarannikPM
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.
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 Reimer, RiiaPM
Tiit Vähi: anti-Russia torch of war damaging to business
Estonia ought to alter current course and support removal of anti-Russia economic sanctions imposed after annexation of Crimea says former prime minister turned transit businessman Tiit Vähi.
04.07.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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.
Iran is interested in Estonia
The first ever Estonian politician to officially visit Iran, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand was soon to experience a plague of the exhaust-smoky Tehran streets called traffic jam.
11.04.2016, Kadri VeermäePM
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.
SEB: Estonia hit by housing price bubble
Estonians may enjoy consuming boom till entrepreneurs are able to produce ever more effectively, lift wages and keep unemployment rise in check, says SEB chief Allan Parik, who thinks that while sailing on thin ice in this crisis-smelling world, Estonian businessmen stand on secure foundations and have thus far managed to react correctly to changes in economic environment. Domestic consumption remains solid, unemployment is low, and entrepreneurs are showing strong competitiveness on the weak external markets. No near term solution is to be expected t the differences with Russia, and therefore it makes no sense inserting deals with them into business plans.
06.08.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
«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
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
Ilves commends German, French leaders for Minsk agreements
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Friday voiced appreciation of the efforts made by the leaders of Germany and France to reach an agreement at the Minsk negotiations, saying that what has been achieved is a fragile step toward restoring the order of peaceful coexistence.
Estonian president calls Mariupol attack brutal crime
The terrorist attack by the Russian-supported separatists in Mariupol on Saturday morning, where dozens of civilians were killed by a rocket attack and even more were injured, is a despicable and brutal crime, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Sunday.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oil paramount for Kremlin
Put together, oil and gas revenues amounted to 50 percent sharp in Russian budget for 2013.
15.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Finland, Baltic countries to get support package for milk producers
European Union agriculture ministers have reached agreement in principle as regards a support package being put together for the dairy industries of the Baltic countries and Finland to help ease the impact of the Russian import restrictions, Finland's Minister of Agriculture Petteri Orpo said from Luxembourg on Monday.
Near-zero economic growth now predicted
April saw finance ministry lower 2014 GDP growth forecast from 3.6 to 2 percent. According to what they released yesterday, it’s now down to mere 0.5. And, in risk-scenario, 0.3 is the number.
02.09.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Sanctions may spell fishing fleet standstill
On Pärnu County fishing industries, Russia’s EU food ban has varying effects. Even so, should the situation not normalise by autumn, the amount of fish caught may considerably diminish.
21.08.2014, Andris TammelaPM
Minister calls on bankers and traders to help producers
Banks and retail chains ready to extend helping hands towards Estonian farmers and food producers plagued by Russian sanctions.
13.08.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Buying Estonian foods, Russians praise sanctions
In Narva grocery-stores from across the border to purchase Estonian sausage and milk products, Russians say Kremlin’s ban on European food import is a step totally justified.
12.08.2014, Irina TokarevaPM
Editorial: a shot in own foot
Not too long ago, in 2010, then President of Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev paid a visit to USA. With colleague Barack Obama they rode into a hamburger stand in Virginia where the Russian head of state heartily bit into the symbol of American life: a fat white bread double-decker with steak, Cheddar cheese, onion, jalapeno-paprika and mushrooms. To say nothing about the inseparable Coca-Cola.
Blanket ban a cold shower for Estonian producers
Yesterday morning, as requested by president Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev imposed import ban on Western beef, pork, fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, milk and milk products.
08.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: the multi-edged sword of sanctions
When in the 1980ies the Reagan administration imposed trade-sanctions on the Soviet Union because of events in Poland, the Kremlin propaganda called these meaningless and assured the USA it would just buy what it needed from other nations in the West. Even in the days of Jimmy Carter, there were restrictions because of Afghanistan – to no avail.