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
KAPO: deportees a terror risk
The Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO) finds in light of last week's terrorist attacks that people whose residence permit applications have been denied pose a heightened risk.
12.04.2017, Andres Einmann
Vaata, kuidas häkkerid pelgalt telefoni käes hoidmise nurga järgi PIN-koode varastada suudavad
Newcastle'i Ülikooli kübereksperdid avaldasid uuringu, mis näitab, kuidas osa lehekülgi ja telefonirakendusi saavad andmed kätte pelgalt näpuliigutusi jälgides.
11.04.2017, Riin AljasPM
Gov. reaches compromise for security academy
Just as it happened in 2014, the government decided, after months of debates, not to move the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences to the border town of Narva yesterday. The town will host a training center that will be known as an academy college instead.
31.03.2017, Andres EinmannElu
USA-Mehhiko turvatara ehitamiseks vajaminevast 21 miljardist on olemas 20 miljonit dollarit
Uudisteagentuuri Reuters andmetel on USA president Donald Trumpi administratsioonil USA-Mehhiko piiritara rajamiseks vajaminevast 21 miljardist dollarist olemas 20 miljonit dollarit.
02.03.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinElu
USAst väljasaadetud mehhiklane tegi pärast piiri ületamist enesetapu
Ameerika Ühendriikidest välja saadetud mehhiklane tegi pärast piiri ületamist peaaegu kohe enesetapu, hüpates Mehhiko-USA piiril asuvalt sillalt alla.
23.02.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Prime Minister: Estonia not spying on Trump
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said, commenting on an article by Newsweek, that Estonia is definitely not spying on the Trump administration.
17.02.2017, Andres EinmannPM
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 VärkPM
Separatists in Luhansk want to exchange an Estonian
An unexpected turn is about to take place in the case of Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov, standing trial in Ukraine for fighting for Donbass separatists – it is possible he will be exchanged and handed over to separatists in Luhansk instead.
02.02.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluElu
Trumpi vastuoluline nõunik Steve Bannon hakkab osalema julgeolekunõukogu istungitel
USA presidendi Donald Trumpi otsuse kohaselt hakkab Valge Maja peastrateeg Steve Bannon alalise liikmena osalema USA Riikiliku Julgeolekunõukogu (National Security Council – NSC) istungitel.
30.01.2017, Inna-Katrin Hein
Leidsid ka ohvri: USA raamatukogusid tabasid lunaraharünnakud
Küberkurjategijad murdsid mõne päeva eest sisse USA St. Louis linna raamatukogude infosüsteemidesse ja asusid nende taastamise eest lunaraha nõudma.
24.01.2017, Aivar Pau
Häkkerid testisid «kogemata» maksu- ja tolliameti veebilehe turvalisust (6)
Eesti veebiturvalisuse agentuur WebARX tuvastas oma logides, et ühel nähtavasti Indoneesiast pärit häkkeril oli õnnestunud leida turvaauk maksu- ja tolliameti veebilehel ning lisada sinna häkkimisele viitav fail.
20.01.2017, Aivar PauPM
Center studying loyalty of young Russians
The International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) is conducting a survey to determine attitudes of young Russian-speaking people in Estonia towards national defense and security, as well as their loyalty to the state. Executive manager of the center Dmitri Teperik said that some politicians and public figures have speculated at length on young Russians and a potential security risk, whereas there is no reliable data on the subject.
18.01.2017, Andres Einmann
Lootusetuse TOP25: maailma populaarseim salasõna on jätkuvalt 123456
Küberturvalisuse eest vastuatajate jõupingutused rahva harimisel andmekaitse vallas ei paista omavat mingisugust tulemust – värske uuringu kohaselt on maailma kasutatavaimad veebiparoolid jätkuvalt 123456 ja 123456789.
16.01.2017, Aivar PauPM
Harku gas attack work of fiction
A recently completed internal audit finds that the joint statement by 15 residents of the Harku illegal immigrants detention center that claims police resorted to tear gas during a so-called riot in early December was based on lies.
13.01.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian spy agency conducted surveillance of meeting of Duma deputy, Trump adviser
The Estonian Information Board (EIB), the foreign intelligence service of Estonia, conducted surveillance last year of a meeting in an unnamed eastern European country between an associate of Donald Trump and a pro-Putin Russian MP, Newsweek reported on Wednesday.
11.01.2017, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Internal Security Service: Threat level not raised in Estonia
The Internal Security Service (ISS) has so far not detected any occurrences in Estonia which would rise the threat level in connection with terrorism threat.
Tööjõu rentimise sildi all toimis ulatuslik petuskeem
Maksuamet ja prokuratuur harutavad juba pikemat aega lahti umbes 30 ettevõttest koosnevat aastaid kestnud petuskeemi, millega tekitati tippajal kahju suurusjärgus kaks miljonit eurot aastas, kirjutab Äripäev.
Defense Forces to stage short-notice exercises
The Defense Forces will hold extremely short-notice additional training courses for reservists for the purposes of additional training, increased military preparedness, and battle worthiness checks.
16.11.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
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 VelskerPM
Allied battalion to arrive in full in time for Spring Storm
If how individual equipment or units will arrive in Estonia next spring will become clear in the course of work, one thing seems to be certain – the NATO allied battalion will take part in the Spring Storm exercise as part of our 1st Infantry Battalion.
27.10.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Fallon: UK to send tanks to Estonia
The force that the U.K. will deploy in Estonia as part of NATO deterrence measures in the spring would likely include tactical drones, Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior armored infantry fighting vehicles, alongside 800 troops, British defense secretary Michael Fallon has said.
Estonian radicals fighting windmills
The importance of the fight against terrorism has once again grown in light of last summer's tragic attacks and last year's migration wave. While the outline of terrorism has become less clear, certain common elements some countries share stand out.
23.09.2016, Peeter RaudsikPM
Government to boost security of hundreds of buildings
State agencies, the Estonian National Museum, certain bridges, server rooms, and backup generators of hospitals are just some of the things to be added to the government's new list of objects of national security relevance. The latter will have to take more stringent security measures against potential attacks.
21.09.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonian govt approves Montenegro joining NATO
The Estonian government on Thursday approved a bill which concerns approving a protocol of the North Atlantic Treaty on Montenegro joining the NATO.
Editorial: Estonians up in arms
Estonia has above 27,000 weapons owners in possession of some 68,000 hunting, sports and self defence guns. Initial applications for permits are sharply up this year with six month figures exceeding 2012 and nearly equaling 2013 totals. The reasons vary from the EU trend towards toughening gun laws to the added sense of security.
Office workers trigger guns boom
During first half year Estonia has added about the amount of new weapons permit holders as totalled in 2015. Gun training sessions overflow and people wait in lines to take the exams. Lion's share of fresh applicants are office workers stirred by threat of refugees and threat of toughened Weapons Act.
17.08.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonia nears readiness regarding top topics for Europe
As of today, 325 days remains till Estonia's presidency of EU. Post-Brexit, our officialdom is busy as bees to make it a success while flames of eurosceptisism are fanned by candidacy of Donald Trump in USA .
11.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: scandals come and scandals go. Ideals not so
Today, it's all eyes on Rio de Janeiro and the legendary Maracanã.
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.
Police looking into bomb threat against Estonia-Germany flights
Police presence has been beefed up in the Tallinn airport area as Estonia's Internal Security Service (ISS) is investigating a bomb threat against Estonia-Germany flights.
Editorial: a changed world
Recently, the phrase «the world is not what it used to be» has been well worn out. The truth being, the world is in constant change while it is the tempo that differs, and the perception of it all.
25.07.2016, Urho MeisterTC
Nõmmel tabati narkomaanist kohvivaras
K Security turvamehed pidasid eile, Tallinnas Nõmmel asuvas kaupluses kinni meesterahva, kes varastas umbes 200 euro väärtuses kohvi.
Editorial: Estonia touched by the tragedy of Nice
Of the people dead or injured after the truck attack in Nice, over half were from abroad. And for the first time, terrorism and its consequences have brought mourning and grief into families in Estonia.
USA wants F-35 fighters in Baltics (1)
The United States of America have been discussing sending a unit composed of their most modern and expensive F-35 fighter planes into the Baltic region as these are employed in second half of the year. «We desire that F-35, for instance, do a little Baltic air policing,» (AAC) head General Herbert «Hawk» Carlisle said speaking to US Congress armed forces committee the day before yesterday.
15.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Estonian in Nice: before fireworks, a cashier said they fear a terror attack
Vacationing in Nice with family, entrepreneur Peter Priisalm wrote in social media that just before the fireworks a cashier in a local store told then that a terrorist attack was feared on the beach. Thankfully, Mr Priisalm left the location early as the kids were tired.
15.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
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: Finns sitting on a fence
Horrified, the Finnish reporters sat in silence. A Sauli Niinistö fidgeted, all nervous. For Vladimir Putin, this seemed not enough and he decided to quote a friend in Finland who once said that NATO was willing to fight Russia till the last Finn. Mr Putin asked: «Is that what you want?» And added: «We don´t need it.» The words were hardly soothing to anyone present.
Eerik-Niiles Kross: Brexit significantly worsens security situation
Short-term, Brexit will surely and significantly worsen the security situation; possibly, the long-term security situation will deteriorate in all of Northern Europe, writes Riigikogu member Eerik-Niiles Kross (Reform Party).
28.06.2016, Eerik-Niiles KrossPM
Ministry thinks to turn power off when it gets cold
Under leadership of Kristen Michal, economy ministry thinks it expedient to switch a part of consumers off the mains power supply instead of charging higher fees and build new plants to cover Estonia's needs.
08.06.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Like neighbours, Estonia to lay down a frontier zone
Within years, the Estonian Eastern border modernised for €71m will after the example of neighbours get a frontier zone with specific requirements, says interior minister Hanno Pevkur (Reform). While width is not yet decided, border guards will gain richer information of what is happening near the border, and whoever goes there will be better scrutinized.
02.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
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
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.
Lithuania's Linkevičius says Estonia better run for UN Security Council
A member of UN Security Council two years back, Lithuania paid next to nothing for its campaign to get there, claims foreign minister Linas Linkevičius as interviewed by Postimees.
13.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Linter's questioning at ISS lasted more than 12 hours
The interrogation of Dmitri Linter as witness by the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Monday lasted more than 12 hours breaks included, officials said on Tuesday.
Vene häkkerid panid müüki sajad miljonid meilikeskkondade logimisandmed
Sajad miljonid üleilmselt tuntud meilikeskkondade Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Mail.ru ja Hotmail kasutajanimed ja paroolid on langenud Venemaa häkkerite küüsi ning pandud müüki.
05.05.2016, Aivar PauPM
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
Special units to get a boost
Police special unit K and border guard strike teams on Eastern border will get dozens of new members and equipment for added special operations capacity.
03.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
Vargaks tembeldamine rikkus abielupaari tuju tükiks ajaks (6)
Pärast Selveri külastust turvakontrolli palutud abielupaar väljus turvaruumist häbitunde ja frustratsiooniga, kuna nende väitel püüti neid ülipüüdlikult varguses süüdistada, kuid mitmete läbiotsimiste järel see fakt kinnitust ei saanud.
20.04.2016, Maiken MägiPM
Estonian ISS chief: Extremists shouldn't be paid too much attention to
Extremists should not be paid too much attention to, but at the same time security might suffer if extremism grows and splits the society, director general of the Internal Security Service (ISS) Arnold Sinisalu wrote in the foreword of the freshly-published yearbook.
Infoturbe spetsialist: vähemalt kolmandik ettevõtetest maksab küberkurjategijatele nõutu ära
Tänapäeva kiirelt arenevas digimaailmas on pahavaraga nakatumised tõusuteel ning eriti hoogu on läinud lunaraha nõudvate küberkurjategijad, leiab Intel Security Põhjamaade ja Baltikumi piirkonna esindaja James Tucker.
09.04.2016, Aivar PauPM
RAND analyst says new attacks in Europe likely
We are in times of adaptation where European nations, having underspent on security for the past 25 years must begin to take the new risks seriously, RAND analyst Christopher Chivvis tells Postimees in interview. During that time, new terrorist attacks are extremely probable.
05.04.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonian minister in Washington, «confirmed» by current news
The meeting is shrouded by the Chatham House rule i.e. we may say what was said but not who said what. Therefore, a tricky task to cover defence minister Hannes Hanso's first ever official as well as unofficial trip to the USA.
01.04.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Security police head says safety is nothing absolute
As assured by Security Police chief Arnold Sinisalu, there is no need to be overly worried about terror attacks in Estonia at the moment. Neither is there any need to fear the threat arising with newly arriving migrants, there being no proof of radicals having entered thru such channel.
23.03.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian money mules made own bank cards
The bank card fraud did millions of dollars worth of damage to an US company. True, mere tens of thousands passed thru the Estonian hands and they were straw-men rather than authors of the scheme.
18.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: how to restore sense of security in society?
Last week, Estonia was in shock by the brutal beating in Tartu of a father under the very eyes of his small son, having reprimanded young guys for kicking over a trash can. By today, we know of the lengthy punishment register of the offenders.
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).
Private detectives behold business boom on horizon
There are no private detectives in Estonia, as if. Even so, the third attempt to regulate the market as prescribed by coalition treaty has created quite a stir. Some smell the hairy hand of major security companies and vested business interests. Others hope the work will get the more exciting.
09.03.2016, Liis VelskerPM
«Pro» ranks thinned
In two initial months of the year the police caught eight professional thieves in Tallinn. A record.
«An excellent result,» observed Toomas Jervson of Northern prefecture. His «apartment group» hunting the burglars day in and day out, eight arrests is over 10 percent of the total of 70 or so in the business in Tallinn.
04.03.2016, Risto BerendsonElu
Tasub lugeda: praktilised soovitused seoses suurüritusega Eesti Laul 2016 Saku Suurhallis
Laupäeval, 5. märtsil toimub Tallinnas Saku Suurhallis konkursi “Eesti Laul 2016” finaal. Selleks, et kontsert saaks meeleolukas ja turvaline, soovime ürituse eel rõhutada ka turvameetmete olulisust.
Wind farms interfering with military radar images
Defence ministry has declined to okay plans for many a wind park in Estonia as turbine blades interfere with image in air surveillance radars. Officials say best spots for parks, with national defence in view, are Pärnu and Viljandi Counties.
03.03.2016, Andres EinmannPM
New cameras helping detect crimes
Northern prefecture criminal department had to admit defeat while trying to identify a professional thief after the event – the picture by public camera was only good enough to point out a dark coat and hat. Half of Tallinners would have been suspects...
02.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Taxman detains security provider Jaanus Kukebal
This past Friday, Tax and Customs Board (MTA) officials detained Jaanus Kukebal related to several security firms.
22.02.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
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.
NATO squeezed by Kaliningrad bottleneck
Predicting occupation of Tallinn and Riga in less than 60 hours, a RAND Corporation report does underestimate Estonian defence capacity but points out the cold hard facts of gaping holes in deterrence capability of the Baltics which they believe need to be fixed latest by NATO summit in Warsaw.
16.02.2016, Oliver Kund
Turvatöötaja aitas kinni pidada narkojoobe kahtlusega juhi
Täna kella 13.15 paiku sai politsei teate Tallinnas Mustamäel rooli istunud narkojoobe kahtlusega juhist. Viimast asus taga ajama poe turvatöötaja, kes politseiga pidevalt ühendust hoidis.
12.02.2016, Martin IlustrummTC
Fotod ja video: turvatöötaja aitas kinni pidada narkojoobe kahtlusega juhi
Täna kella 13.15 paiku sai politsei teate Tallinnas Mustamäel rooli istunud narkojoobe kahtlusega juhist. Viimast asus taga ajama poe turvatöötaja, kes politseiga pidevalt ühendust hoidis.
12.02.2016, Piret LaksonPM
Editorial: the prescious bits of information
Central in the world today is the aspect of security, amid the rapidly developing technology.
Workplace of foreign minister exposed to eavesdropping
Two years after the infamous phone call between Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton on Maidan snipers which was eavesdropped, part of top foreign ministry staff facilities are still available for ears of hostile intelligence.
10.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: allied armour not enough
The two words ardently uttered along with NATO are «deterrence» and «capability». Sound like legalese, but do carry weight.
Media: US to quadruple funding for military presence in Europe, including Baltics
To deter Russia's aggression the U.S. is planning to more than quadruple the funding of its forces operating in Europe, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
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
Lifelong prisoner beats Estonia in European Court of Human Rights
Jailed for life after killing a policeman, Romeo Kalda defeated Estonian state in European Court of Human Rights regarding internet use dispute.
20.01.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Multiple gun ban backfires
Gun owners are indignant. A fresh bill would limit firearms for self defence to one forcing 2,645 people to sell the rest. Shooting sportsmen would suffer. So the working group led by interior minister yesterday decided the plan is binned.
08.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: no need to panic, no cause to frolic
At change of year, we look back and we look ahead. As shown by the traditional Postimees prediction by economists and an overview of 2015, we have no need for panic while a basis to euphoria is absent as well.
Euroscepticism up a bit
As evidenced in poll ordered by Government Office, for the first time since 2011 the satisfaction of Estonians with belonging to the European Union has shrunk.
29.12.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonia to buy water vehicles for border guard for EUR 9 mln
Estonian Ministry of the Interior is to buy with help from the European Union's Internal Security Fund multifunctional water vehicles worth nearly nine million euros for the Police and Border Guard Board which would help to react faster to border breaches on bodies of water situated on the border.
Former head of ISS to fight against Tallinn's «taxi mafia»
Tallinn has hired Juri Pihl, former head of the Internal Security Service and interior minister, who is to fight against the capital city's so-called taxi mafia, the Pealtnagija (Eyewitness) investigative journalism broadcast of public broadcaster ERR reports.
High activity radiation source found underground near Tallinn
The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) last Thursday discovered near Tallinn inside the ground an 85-kilogram container with a radiation source with high activity which is used in manufacture which contained radioactive isotope Caesium-137 (Cs-137).
Client and bank to deal via video
Next year, Estonia emerges as among the first nations on Earth where clients must not trot to bank branches for transactions needing personal identification. A video link will do the job.
11.12.2015, Aivar PauPM
The cyberspace arms race
Partly because of a year filled with cyber attacks by ISIS, military cyber units keep popping up in nations of Europe. Estonia not a target thus far, experts see no need to amend local law.
30.11.2015, Oliver KundPM
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.
Rõivas: I must tell the naked truth
In the nervous Europe, Estonia must not panic, not become uptight, but must take the situation as a challenge that the Estonian state is prepared for, says Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas (Reform).
19.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: Europe headed towards collective defence
Right after the tragic Friday, it was obvious that France was not going to be left alone in fighting ISIS. Meanwhile, the way military assistance is being provided sets a presedence and may lead towards improved defence cooperation in European Union.
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
Interior minsiter says security authorities cannot and must not monitor everything
Having been in contact with French security authorities, Estonia's interior minister Hanno Pevkur tells Postimees in interview what our relevant bodies may do to maintain safety.
16.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: Paris changed everything? It did not. The values must remain
Reaction in Europe to the Friday night terror attacks in Paris were substantially different from before. The acts owned by Islamic State were coordinated and inhumanly cruel. Even so, some of the reactions have led to conclusions potentially hazardous to basic European values. Should these reactions be allowed to dominate, not only will the terrorist groupings will be sent a signal that have they managed to shake Europe, but our own principles may be endangered.
Editorial: need to know or nice to know
Banks have begun to demand data from customers which, among other things, concern relatives' links to state offices. If we present not the data, we can't use the bank services. The clients are disturbed, and understandably so. The banks say they aren't after the data on their own initiative but according to laws and regulations. Data protection Inspectorate says banks need to update client data to comply with Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act.
Uue omanikuga USS Security vahetab juhi välja (1)
USS Security, mille Mark Luts esmaspäeval Urmas Sõõrumaa käest ostis, saab uue tegevjuhi.
11.11.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Prime Minister threatened: revenge is not in words
Recently prohibited from departing from his residence, in the Bronze Night of 2007 Martin Kattai (31) was among the angry young men who as IRL members were mentally «ganging up» against Russians with youth organisations in other political parties.
11.11.2015, Tuuli KochE24
Mark Luts: terrorioht tõstab USSi turvamehe hinda
Seni peamiselt Urmas Sõõrumaa nimega seostunud USS saab Mark Lutsu juhtimisel uue märgi ning hakkab lisaks turvateenusele osutama ka telekommunikatsiooni, kindlustuse ja muid elukondlikke teenuseid.
10.11.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
Postimees provides exclusive coverage from security conference in Riga, Latvia
In November 6th to 7th the unique security conference tradition continues in Riga, Latvia, sporting the longest tradition of like events in Baltic States.
Ivan Medynskyi: Global Security Governance and the Role of the United States
The discussion of global governance is intrinsically connected to the debate about the international order and distribution of power within it.
04.11.2015, Ivan MedynskyiPM
Postimees will offer exclusive coverage from Riga Conference
From 6th to 7th of November Postimees will offer live coverage from Riga Conference – the oldest security conference in the Baltic states.
Estonia may miss refugees for Christmas
This coming Monday, Police and Border Guard Board communications officer Priit Põdra (29) goes to Italy to prepare how Estonia will be picking refugees from camps and bringing them here.
29.10.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonia eyes engagement against ISIS
At defence ministry, ideas have been put into writing regarding Estonia's options between three likely foreign missions looming. A scenario would take our soldiers back to Iraq, to train combatants fighting Islamic State.
26.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Old Town bars to sue City of Tallinn over restrictions
Ten bars situated mainly in Suur-Karja Street in Tallinn's Old Town plan to sue the city government over economic activity restrictions which they claim violate their rights.
Rising defence spending in all of NATO looks unlikely
Though members of NATO pledged last fall to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024, it is unrealistic to assume that this goal will ever be reached by all 28 allies, says Carnegie Europe head Jan Techau.
19.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
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.
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 Reimer, RiiaPM
DefMin's secretary general to be nominated for head of Information Board
Defense Minister Hannes Hanso is going to nominate Mikk Marran for director general of the Information Board, Estonia's main intelligence agency.
Estonian president thanks Kohver for remaining firm in prison
Paying a visit to Eston Kohver, official of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) sentenced to 15 years in jail in Russia in August and then exchanged for a former ISS staffer convicted of treason in Estonia, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves thanked Kohver for remaining firm, brave and loyal in captivity.
Editorial: new ship, same trip
As, under new head Jevgeni Ossinovski, the Soc Dems opted to stay on in government and did the portfolio swap, Hannes Hanso replacing the former party chief and experienced defence minister Sven Mikser was the surprise most surprising. If it works, don't fix it? Not in this case. Why oh why?
All e-residents got faulty cards
Deficiency in Estonian ID card certificates discovered by checks performed by Google concerns close to 250,000 ID-card holders including all of the about 5,000 e-residents.
02.10.2015, Aivar PauPM
State budget zeroes in on security and social benefits
At the press conference presenting state budget, coalition partners stressed the extraordinary constructiveness and peace prevailing at talks – the debates must have been exhausted after springtime treaty negotiations and review thereof in summer.
29.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: what do we christen this Budget?
Each fall, politicians and at times even observers are seeking a name for the state budget to sum up its fundamental features, or flaws. This time, both pros and cons will be hard pressed as substantial surprises are difficult to detect.
Estonian president: State already too thin in internal security
The state has been allowed to become already too thin when it comes to internal security, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Wednesday.
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.
Estonia to continue paying Eston Kohver his salary
Eston Kohver, the staffer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) kept in detention in Russia for almost a year and sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Russian court on Wednesday, continues to receive his monthly salary from ISS.
Register grabs health data against will of people
On the surface, any individual may decide who used their delicate personal data and how. The reality differs starkly. As is also the case with cancer screening register: a person desiring to close down her data is helpless against a clause in a law, and the health data are used against her will.
17.08.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: toying with trust
The world is taking tiger leaps towards less privacy. Personal data and the databases compiled thereof are valuable capital when possessing the technology to process it in huge amounts and in various ways, converting the results into new services and money.
Editorial: parental permit needed to travel the world
Mothers and fathers sending off kids to travel alone must know that in lots of nations the requirement is to verify the parents are aware, and in agreement. First of all, this is to protect the children and is better obeyed.
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.
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.
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
Editorial: Turkey tackles ISIS crisis
No doubt, active involvement in Syria and permission granted to allies to use its İncirlik airbase is quite a change in Turkish policy and may serve to significantly advance the fight against ISIS.
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 PiirsaluE24
Sõõrumaa kriitika tõi lennujaamale siseauditi
Urmas Sõõrumaa hiljutine kriitika Tallinna Lennujaama aadressil, et ettevõte pole aastaid korraldanud turvateenuse riigihanget ning tänavu võitis hanke oodatust tublisti odavam pakkumine, toob ettevõttesse siseauditi.
27.07.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Survey: difficulty of identifying immigrants a major hazard
Survey ordered by interior ministry says strongest security threat related to intake of immigrants is entry of unidentified individuals.
23.07.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
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.
Estonian ministry: Security measures of US embassy within terms of memorandum
After a report of alleged unauthorized surveillance of people in the street on behalf of the U.S. embassy in Tallinn, the Estonian Interior Ministry analyzed the memorandum on providing for the security of the diplomatic representation and confirmed that neither side has overstepped the terms of the memorandum.
Estonian mobile numbers blocked because of swindlers
Mobile numbers of Estonians are hot commodity for foreign fraudsters using these for offering paid services and thereby causing numbers of honest and unsuspecting people to be blocked.
16.06.2015, Aivar PauPM
Sõõrumaa seeks to snatch Tallinn Airport security from G4S
On Friday, USS Security agreed with international aviation security provider ICTS to establish a joint company aimed at winning the contest for security of Tallinn Airport opened this coming Wednesday.
08.06.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Adviser to Tusk: Estonia safe as part of World Scheme
In his book on the end of Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic and its foreign ministry under Lennart Meri titled «The International Man» (Rahvusvaheline mees), Mihkel Mutt describes a clerk Fabian ordered by boss to switch Estonia into World Scheme as fast as at all possible. Now, Estonia is part of the World Scheme, ensuring its protection in this troubled world, Riina Ruth Kionka – foreign policy adviser to European Council president Donald Tusk and a guest at Lennart Meri Conference this past weekend in Tallinn – tells Postimees in interview.
27.04.2015, Jürgen TammePM
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.
Latvia, Estonia to coordinate military procurements
Estonia and Latvia plan to make coordinated military procurements in the future, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said at a joint press conference with Estonian counterpart Taavi Roivas.
Editorial: Finland changing course
Today’s Postimees features an opinion article by Finnish journalist Jarmo Mäkelä casting some light on changes weighty in the context of the fast-approaching general elections in Finland, yet unnoticed by the public. Turns out, a greater than expected agreement has emerged among leading Finnish politicians regarding defence policy – including the issue of drawing nearer to NATO.
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.
How timely is urgent help?
This week, Rescue Board became the first among agencies to reveal its reaction capacities: how fast, under usual circumstances, will fire brigades reach every corner of Estonia.
31.03.2015, Oliver Kund
Vaata, kas vastad terroristi tundemärkidele
Nihelemine, vilistamine, ülbus, läbitungiv pilk ja higistavad peopesad – need on vaid mõned tunnused, mille järgi USA transpordijulgeoleku amet kahtlasena tunduvaid inimesi tähele paneb.
31.03.2015, PM TarbijaLim
Невероятно! Почему бизнесмен Урмас Сыырумаа похудел на 15 килограммов и отрастил бороду? (видео)
В сегодняшнем номере журнала Kroonika вы найдете материал о бизнесмене Урмасе Сыырумаа, собственнике охранной фирмы USS Security. За три недели бизнесмен изменился до неузнаваемости: он отрастил бороду и похудел на 15 килограммов. В чем секрет?
Consul again meets with Estonian security official in Moscow
Estonian consul on Wednesday once again met with abducted security police officer Eston Kohver at the Lefortovo prison in Moscow where he is being detained.
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.
In issues of security, unity
Reform chairman Taavi Rõivas said that they, Soc Dems, IRL and the Free stand united regarding vital importance of allied relations in NATO as well as enhancing capacity of Estonian national defence. Thus, the coalition discussions on security and defence proved harmonious.
10.03.2015, Karin KangroPM
Estonia to invest additionally EUR 40 mln to host allies
Estonia is set to invest more than 40 million euros to increase the presence of allies in the country, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in a meeting on Friday with NATO's top commander in Europe, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove.
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.
Tragic snow tube accident throws up questions
The deadly snowtubing accident at Ansomäe makes one wonder whether a sign «Slide at own risk!» frees owner of slope from responsibility.
29.01.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Militants from Estonia face criminal cases
On basis of information obtained by Security Police and published in media, Office of the Prosecutor General will in near future determine launch of criminal proceedings regarding two terrorist militants from Estonia. This, for the men, may mean jail from five years to life.
26.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
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.
Glamorous crook acted as citizen of Estonia
A jurist posing as Estonian citizen while organising a grand extortion scheme with help by Moscow law enforcement in high likelihood used a fake Estonian passport.
22.01.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Former Guantanamo inmate granted flat and helper in Estonia
Wednesday night saw arrival into Estonia of Ahmed Abdul Qader (31) released from detention in Guantanamo for over 12 years.
16.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonian president, PM offer condolences over terrorist attack in Paris
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas have extended condolences to France over the massacre in the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.
Minister: Focusing on media security not necessary at present
It has not been necessary in Estonia to put a special focus on questions of media security, Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said on Thursday.
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
Estonian formin: EU commissioner's warning to be taken seriously
Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn's warning that the Baltic states might soon be faced with flows of refugees from the southern neighborhood of the European Union should be taken seriously, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.
Expert: FSB likely fearing capture of vital agent in Estonia
There’s no link between kidnapping of Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver and the Russian security service FSB propaganda video starring former Kapo employee Uno Puusepp, thinks Vladimir Yushkin, director of the Baltic Centre for Russian Studies in Tallinn, Estonia. The aim of the video may rather be distracting Estonian counterintelligence from stuff more important.
30.12.2014, Argo IdeonPM
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.
Italian journalist Chiesa ordered to leave Estonia
The Italian journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa who was detained in Tallinn on Monday over violating the Estonian entry ban has been released and ordered to leave the country.
Estonia to build new headquarters for EU's IT agency for EUR 8.4 mln
The government on Thursday approved an agreement under which Estonia will build new headquarters for the European Union's IT agency in Tallinn at a cost of 8.4 million euros.
Allied forces to remain in Estonia
Yesterday’s NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels was the first after the alliance’s September summit in Wales. While three months back the vision was laid down to strengthen collective defence, yesterday an overview was provided on advancement thus far.
03.12.2014, Jürgen TammePM
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
Editorial: fighters testing the role conflict fringe
Reform Party political technologists may, perhaps, be patting each other on the back: in the vastness of the web, campaign video filmed at Ämari Air Base is living a life of its own while (news) portals and social media are awesomely astir. Taavi Rõivas, as party chairman and prime minister, has endless opportunity to harp a political message on security. Even so, the very freshly prime minister ought to already have experience and statesmanship enough to realise there is a line better not crossed in a democratic rule of law – one which political games may easily infringe.
Estonian president: Strong NATO is guarantee for freedom of all allies
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves told secretary general of NATO Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday that a strong NATO is a guarantee for the freedom of the 28 member states.
Cyber space tensions rising
In addition to incidents with Russian planes and ships tensions have lately also increased in cyber space, said NATO supreme allied commander in Europe General Philip Breedlove on his visit to Tallinn cyber defence centre yesterday.
20.11.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonian govt approves national defense bill
The Estonian government on Thursday approved the draft national defense law that combines three separate laws regulating defense of the country at present.
Russian court extends custody of detained Estonian security official
A court in Moscow on Friday extended the custody of detained Estonian Internal Security Service official Eston Kohver until early January.
Savisaar defeated in court after contesting influence agent article
Yesterday, Tallinn District Court rejected complaint by Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar against Postimees for publishing in 2010 the assessment by Estonian Security Police describing Mr Savisaar as agent of influence for Russia and a threat to security of Estonian state.
31.10.2014, Karin KangroPM
Estonian ForMin: Kohver's lawyer is not following professional ethics
According to Estonian Foreign Ministry the lawyer of Eston Kohver, the Estonian Internal Security Service official held in custody in Russia since Sept. 5 on espionage charges, Yevgeny Aksyonov is not following lawyers' professional ethics.
Unknown hooligan vandalizes War of Independence monument
An unknown hooligan wrote numbers on the monument to the victory in the War of Independence in Tallinn and the police are looking for the vandal.
The Tuesday 7.30 am teachers meeting
Main piece of advice to teachers in Viljandi after losing their colleague shot dead this Monday is do talk about it. Talk to the point, and speculate not.
29.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
The dark side of a national idol
Via mediation biz, firm of IRL vice chairman Eerik-Niiles Kross is linked to Russian fuel company under economic sanctions.
22.10.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Estonian parlt passes law enabling creation of e-resident's digital ID
The Estonian parliament on Tuesday passed a bill of amendments to the Identity Documents Act and the State Fees Act to set out the legal basis for the issuance of a digital identity to persons who are not Estonian citizens or residents of Estonia.
Russian authorities detect illegal transfers of money into Baltic banks
The economic security and anti-corruption department of the Russian Interior Ministry has detected illegal transfers of large amounts of funds from Moscow to non-residents' bank accounts in Estonia and Latvia, the ministry said in a press release.
Energy security ensured by oil shale power
Thanks to prudent policy and investment abilities of Eesti Energia, Estonia is producing twice the amount of energy it consumes. Oil shale is among the environmentally dirtiest fuels and burning it is becoming ever more expensive due to EU CO2 policy.
20.10.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
In Viimsi, security firm fighting fungus high hunters
Every fall sees Viimsi Commune visited by «mushroom pickers» with hazy eyes and weird ways, out to consume and sell intoxicating fungi.
14.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Estonian pirate fighters save Swedish couple
At end of August, ESC Global Security owned by Jaanus Rahumäe found itself in epicentre of an unusual operation on Red Sea. In dangerous pirate-infested waters, the security team had to decide whether to rescue a Swedish married couple.
09.10.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Keyword: common digital market
No argument whatsoever against directing public services into Internet, said Andrus Ansip – candidate for European Commission vice president over common digital market, in opening statement to grilling before MEPs last night in Brussels. Mr Ansip vowed to do all in his power to link public services all across Europe.
07.10.2014, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Adieu camera peeking
While a week ago images from numerous web cameras were available over the Internet, by now security measures are boosted. Let’s remember, though: people, not IP cameras, are the security risk.
06.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Editorial: peepshow stars against own will
Easy to label stuff... the police set up security cameras and we pour forth phrases like Surveillance Society, Big Brother, Police State. In some ways that may be – the police knows information is an advantage and we do want them to do well protecting us.
Security risk rising from the camera
Without awareness of owner, faulty settings of security camera may send images into Internet for all the world to see. In Tallinn, such systems are at least a hundred.
02.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Human rights activists say Eston Kohver «calm and coping»
Members of Moscow Public Oversight Commission for Prisons (POCP) are the only independents currently allowed to visit Estonia’s Eston Kohver, accused in espionage by FSB, right in the prison cell at Lefortovo, Moscow jailhouse. Estonian Security Police says the man was snatched by FSB while on duty at Estonia-Russia border.
01.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Retired KGB General: Kohver case unheard-of in security service history
Aleksei Kondaurov, a general retired from the Soviet-time intelligence agency KGB, finds not much political sense in the apprehension of and espionage-accusations against the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver even if he was caught on the Russian side as claimed by Russian security service FSB.
25.09.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
To every mouth a morsel
Predictably, the budget bill shaped with general elections in mind is cautious yet bursting with good news. In it, chief promises by both coalition buddies are fulfilled, such as the lowering of income tax rate (squirrels) and rising of child benefits (soc dems).
24.09.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: sensing security
Does the (eastern) border hold? was the question publicly raised by security police officer Eston Kohver hauled away over it. Controversially perhaps, the event – in all likelihood a special operation by Russia – may not reflect what the people now feel. But though the Kohver case in itself was no proof on tightness of border, it did unearth the tight spots: for years, the border and its protection have ceased to be priority enough, and now need added care and money.
Pevkur pledges proper cameras to watch borders
Interior minister Hanno Pevkur, you met the people working on the border – what about their morale and will to work after the capture of Eston Kohver, and the criticism that followed regarding how the border holds?
24.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Rõivas: well let’s get started right away!
Having hiked the Estonia-Russia boundary line, yesterday, with interior minister Hanno Pevkur, Police and Border Guard Board chief Elmar Vaher and other police and border guard officials, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas announced the erecting and completion of border starts this very instant.
24.09.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Russian planes straying into foreign airspace
Five times this year, warplanes from Russian Federation have entered airspace of Estonia.
23.09.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Editorial: when foreign policy turns domestic
Russia’s neighbours are getting the feeling of living at the foot of a volcano. Firstly, one is forced to learn all about volcanoes. Also, preparedness is needed for earthquakes shaking the occasional fence.
The cordon that Russians never left
A 20 years long Estonian-Russian tussle regarding embassy buildings this year wound up with a 99 years contract pursuant to which Estonia may rent land under its Moscow embassy for a token price while Russia, among other things, is able to use the one-time Soviet border guard cordon in Pirita, Tallinn.
22.09.2014, Oliver KundPM
Former security chief: FSB assuming responsibility is unheard-of
According to former Security Police director-general Raivo Aeg, apprehension of security police officer Eston Kohver by Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSB) is unheard-of, but what is even more unheard-of is FSB also assuming responsibility for it.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
Latvian Foreign Ministry Voices Concern over Estonian-Russian Border Incident
The Foreign Ministry of Latvia voices its deep concern over the incident that took place near Estonia-Russia border at the Luhamaa border checkpoint on 5 September, when unknown persons, at gunpoint, abducted an officer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO).
FSB confirms apprehension of Estonian security police officer
Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation announced Friday night of having apprehended, during an operation in Pskov Oblast, an employee of Estonian Security Police.
05.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Expert: kidnapping of officer after Obama visit no coincidence
According to former police chief and interior minister Ain Seppik (Reform Party), today’s kidnapping of a security police officer near Luhamaa border point cannot be an accident nor an ordinary crime as currently treated by Security Police.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
Security Police «for now excludes political motives for kidnapping officer»
According to Security Police director-general Arnold Sinisalu, KAPO is for now excluding a political motivation for the kidnapping of our officer at the Estonian-Russian border.
05.09.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Ilves expects swift solution for kidnapping
President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves says armed kidnapping info Russia of security police officer this morning near Luhamaa border point is unacceptable. He expects the incident to be solved swiftly.
Foreign ministry summons Russian ambassador due to kidnapping
Due to the incident near Luhamaa border point, Estonian foreign ministry has summoned Russian ambassador to Estonia Juri Merzljakov.
05.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian security police officer kidnapped, taken to Russia at gunpoint
This morning at 9 am, unknown individuals from Russia apprehended a security policeman on duty near Luhamaa border point on Estonian territory, and took him to Russia by physical force at gunpoint.
05.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Siobhan Kattago: Obama shared more in common with Ronald Reagan than I ever could have imagined
In the days leading up to President Obama’s state visit to Estonia on September 3rd, the eve before the NATO summit meeting in Wales, details of his schedule, travel plans and meetings were meticulously scrutinized. As streets closed and helicopters circled, the contrast between the heavy security surrounding the Commander in Chief and his message of freedom couldn’t have been starker. Obama’s visit dramatically underscored the complex relationship between freedom and security in a post-9/11 world.
04.09.2014, Siobhan KattagoPM
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
Symbolic meeting of best friends
Having touched down in Tallinn, at dawn yesterday, the US President Barack Obama was moving about a tiny area of the city – between the Kadriorg park and city centre.
03.09.2014, Oliver KundPM
Obama says USA «dedicated to defend Estonia»
In Tallinn press conference with Estonian counterpart Toomas Hendrik Ilves, US President Barack Obama said Estonia will never stand alone again. The United States of America dedicates itself to defend Estonia’s security, said the President.
03.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Govt counts money for public pay rise
A testing stone for the coalition, at its initial joint talks about next year budget today, will be allocation of public servant wage rises.
02.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: denial of Russian invasion increasingly impossible
This past Thursday may have been quite a marker in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Even before, a large part of Europe realised Russia was responsible for military aid provided to separatists and their own troops trampling on neighbouring country soil; still, military operations in Ukraine were but semi-public. Since yesterday, the Russian presence in Eastern Ukraine is a lot more open – and aggressive.
29.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia gives Kurds a million cartridges
To support Iraqi Kurds in their fight against the violently militant Islamic State, Estonia donates one million machine gun cartridges made for weapons of Soviet origin.
29.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Hosting Obama to cost Estonia hundreds of thousands
While the bill for September 3rd Barack Obama visit is not clear yet, interior minister Hanno Pevkur says costs may climb over half million euros.
29.08.2014, Merike TederPM
Mart Laar: we really ought to have resisted Russia, back in 1939...
The aim of history might rather be to understand, not to condemn. As to decisions taken in 1939, the again-independent Estonia has – by her behaviour and practice – awarded an assessment. Even so, in order to understand history, we still need the answers to a whole host of questions regarding the options in these days of long ago, writes Mart Laar, historian and former Prime Minister of Estonia (IRL).
28.08.2014, Mart LaarPM
During Obama visit, the wise will walk
Better not take a car to Tallinn city centre next Wednesday.
28.08.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia to establish digital embassies
While cyber-defence strategy was being created, a plan emerged to create backup of data and services vital for the state to function – in servers located in friendly countries.
27.08.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
US tanks and fighting vehicles coming to Estonia, in October
In October, the United States of America are sending a ground troops company into Estonia, the equipment of which includes tanks and infantry fighting machines.
Eksperdid kahtlevad maailma suurima paroolivarguse tõelevastavuses
Küberturbeeksperdid ei ole kindlad, kas USA infoturbeettevõtte Hold Security väide, mille kohaselt varastasid Vene küberkriminaalid üle 1,2 miljardi kasutajatunnuse ja parooli, vastab tõele, kirjutab The Guardian.
RIA maailma suurimast paroolivargusest: veel ei ole teada, kuidas see Eesti kasutajaid mõjutab
Riigi infosüsteemi ameti intsidentide käsitlemise osakonna infoturbe eksperdi Triin Niguli sõnul pole USA küberturbefirma avastatud ulatusliku kasutajaandmete varguse kohta praegu piisavalt infot, et oletada, kui palju see Eesti internetikasutajaid mõjutab.
06.08.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
Is Estonian police turning dogs on peaceful citizens, cruelly beating alternative-culture-loving concert-goers and opponents of the government, having basically pulled out all the stops? Or is it, rather, that the Estonian police can’t guarantee the basic order, is letting crooks throw their weight around and retreating before all who have the guts to curse them waiving fists and what not?
Police «victim» a likely provocateur
Passerby’s eye is not always right – to summarise a mid-July conflict at a Tallinn event Cultural Dust (Kultuuritolm).
05.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Life in hell on earth
To be born in Gaza, in 21st century, is to be unlucky. For years dubbed «world’s largest open-air prison», the phrase probably isn’t too wide of the mark.
Russia bringing attack aircraft into Belarus
Up close to Lithuania’s side, the Russian planes would reach Šiauliai air base before its NATO fighters manage to take off.
29.07.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Editorial: the West must get her act together
«As Europe, we did far less than minimally needed to alter activities by Russia in each phase of this crisis,» said Poland’s foreign minister Radek Sikorski in a recent interview. According to him, Europe ought to have shown solidarity with Ukraine in 2013 already – then, maybe, the escalation could have been avoided.
Editorial: a reform better unnoticed by citizens
With state organisations reorganising their staff and activities, to the man in the street the true reasons for it will often remain hazy – for the simple reason, mostly, that they have no direct contact with the domain. Some, of course, will always emotionally say that officialdom needs thinning; others will worry about the service – the state being thin as it is.
In the darkness of Bangui nights: Estonians hunting gunmen
EUFOR soldiers are accompanied by cheerful greetings from locals, slightly soured when suspecting this to be the French «Sangaris».
15.07.2014, Evelyn KaldojaE24
USS Security uueks juhiks sai Meelis Krämann
Tänasest asub USS Security Eesti juhatuse esimehe kohale Meelis Krämann, kes võtab positsiooni üle ligi kolm aastat ettevõtet juhtinud Sven Nuutmannilt.
01.07.2014, Liina LaanemetsPM
Editorial: chaos in Iraq would threaten broader security
Sunni extremists encouraged in Syrian civil war, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant orISIL, have moved military activities over into Iraq. Quite successfully. Should Iraq be enveloped in chaos, neighbouring countries come under threat, thus impacting the bigger security picture.
Editorial: a $1bn pacifier
On Tuesday, the US President Barack Obama arrived in Poland with one billion dollars worth of measures to cement security of Central and Eastern Europe. The plan named European Reassurance Initiative might be interpreted as an initiative to pacify Europe or to restore its trust – and, doubtless, the step carries weight in helping us, in our corner of the world, to feel somewhat more serene towards the unpredictable Russia.
Obama: Estonia will never stand alone
«Poland will never stand alone! Estonia will never stand alone! Latvia will never stand alone! Lithuania will never stand alone! Romania will never stand alone!» US President Barack Obama said in Warsaw, yesterday.
05.06.2014, Peeter RaudsikPM
Gold found with corrupt spies
Dozen-some days after eruption of corruption scandal at external intelligence, Office of the Prosecutor General has managed to arrest some private assets of alleged criminals.
03.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Ilves: contribution to the security of Afghanistan has been a contribution to our own security
«Thanks to your experiences and courage, the Estonian Defence Forces are more effective and more professional,» said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Friday in Kadriorg, when he addressed the last contingent of the Estonian Defence Forces to serve in the NATO led mission in Afghanistan.
Editorial: «people’s republics» reveal real nature
Yet another apprehension of OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) special mission observers in Eastern Ukraine serves to vividly demonstrate the ills of the wilful destabilisation of the country by self-styled «people’s republics».
Estonian OSCE observer kidnapped in Eastern Ukraine
The last contact with four OSCE observers patrolling Ukraine dates back to Monday night. So far, kidnappers haven’t voiced demands.
28.05.2014, Peeter RaudsikPM
Luxurious life of suspected spy
Reasons for crime/scandal related to Estonian external intelligence lurk in public procurements linked to diplomatic activity, Postimees is told.
23.05.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Guy Verhofstadt: The European Union can no longer avoid a review of the CFSP
The muted and divided response by the European Union, its High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and by the EU member States towards the crisis in Ukraine and towards Russia shows that we can no longer avoid an in-depth and thorough European debate on the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
20.05.2014, Guy VerhofstadtPM
Mercenaries from the West and a bar destroyed to amuse Ukrainians
After several busy days in Eastern-Ukraine and meeting lots of people one unavoidably wonders whether central government in Kiev will ever be able to reverse the situation in this region.
16.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: how to break into bank vault?
Today’s the day that EU e-elections begin. Just two days ago, and international group of activists came out with an announcement that e-elections are not secure. The repercussions have split people into two fronts. A smaller part (mainly the long-term e-elections critics) thinks it was high time for someone to point out the weaknesses in e-elections. The rest have formed a defence, standing for the reputation of e-elections (and, more widely, of Estonia as an e-state), viewing the experts as an attempt by Centre Party to sway the elections.
Electoral committee: online voting is safe
We believe that online balloting allows us to achieve a level of security greater than what is possible with paper ballots, Estonian National Electoral Committee said in statement.
Liam Fox: defence deals with Moscow are unwise
Russians need to be protected by the laws of the countries they dwell in and not by Russia, underlined recent British Defence Secretary and current ruling Conservative Party MP Liam Fox in interview to Postimees while in Tallinn yesterday for a speaking engagement.
08.05.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Border Guard committee cuts numbers of refugees in Estonia
As revealed by human rights report published yesterday, conditions for refugees in Estonia have improved. Meanwhile, their numbers are in decline. As a reason for that, Estonian Human Rights Centre (EIK) legal expert Anni Säär cites a committee formed by Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB), a year ago.
06.05.2014, Marian MänniE24
Kaitse oma kontot: kõik Facebooki turvalisusest
Postimehe poole pöördus lugeja, kes kahtlustas, et tema Facebooki konto on kaaperdatud.
05.05.2014, Hendrik AllaPM
USA longing for arrival of other allies in Baltics
James J. Townsend, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for European and NATO Policy, notes that American diplomats covering the area have been a lot busier that they knew to expect just some three-four months ago.
25.04.2014, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Editorial: Kapo review throws light on tactics of Putinians
Traditionally, Internal Security Service annual reports feature overviews of Russian impact-activities, through the eye of counterintelligence. These same things that the Putin Regime is doing, all covered in earlier versions of the review and back then perhaps seemingly small in influence and insignificant, now easily fit into the empire-restoration-framework as exemplified in Ukraine. Annexation of Crimea and the current brutalities in Eastern Ukraine are totally impossible to miss.
Islamist Fethullah Gülen Movement activated in Estonia
According to Internal Security Service, starting 2010 a controversial Islamic organisation of Turkish origin called Fethullah Gülen Movement (FGM) has been activated in Estonia. Behind the banner of inter-religion dialogue, business partnership and enhancement of culture, the closed organisation is mainly involved in spreading its Islamic doctrine, recruiting new members and acquiring resources needed to keep itself going.
Editorial: cruise peddlers must keep clients safe
A couple of lines dropped by Tallink personnel director to a TV channel have triggered a scandal in Swedish society, as well as yet another debate on attitudes related to rape. This is what the director said: «Every woman have to think about that first, how much they drink. They know where it could go. And also we can say that not every drunk person is raped.» The ship company has condemned the attitude that can be attributed to these sentences, and the director has apologised.
10.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Tourists illegally taken to Northern Cyprus
In case of accidents, Estonian tourists in Northern Cyprus will be unprotected and without consular assistance.
09.04.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: braving bombs in bathing suits
Incredible indeed how Estonians, serene and eager, are heading towards holidays in a region warned against by our foreign ministry citing significant terror threat, while same level warnings have been issued by other EU states. Among those polled by Postimees, some snapped up the last moment tickets. According to one travel agency, folks have lined up for the final flight – should some opt out, replacements are on swift standby.
Editorial: Estonian input in Central Africa a must
For Estonia, it is the right thing to go ahead with the French and other allies in the Central African Republic (CAR) operation. If there was anything that was wrong, it was the delay – thinking of the people in CAR and European interests. Whoever harps on this being immoral colonial war are blatantly lying. In the CAR conflict, thousands of civilians have been slaughtered. The mission is to take away the arms and keep further murders from happening.
Allies discuss defence of Eastern Europe
NATO halted practical cooperation with Russia and is striving towards increased security of its easternmost members.
02.04.2014, Liisa TagelPM
Editorial: Estonia’s security in Swedish hands (also)
Global tensions dominated by Middle-East, splashed like instant waves over the planet by international media, should bring security issues into every mind and heart. Sadly, a peaceful tomorrow is not a given; especially when not prepared for today. Therefore, we must try our best and keep a watchful eye on world developments – particularly with nearest neighbours.
Andres Vosman to serve as Estonian president's security adviser
Andres Vosman will assume the duties of the Estonian president's adviser on national security during the period of maternity leave of the current adviser, Merle Maigre.
Official: No info that Estonian residents were under PRISM surveillance
The Estonian Interior Ministry has no information about residents of Estonia having come under surveillance with the PRISM data collection program, Erkki Koort, deputy secretary general of the Interior Ministry for interior security, said.
G4S holds 52 pct of Estonian security services market in 2012
G4S held 52 percent of the security services market in Estonia last year, followed by USS Security Eesti with a 20 percent slice and Securitas Eesti with 12 percent.