Man behind bomb threats sent to prison
Harju County Court convicted Russian activist Vladislav Pälling (33) of making bomb threats against flights from Estonia to Germany in the name of Islamic extremists last July in agreement process and sent him to prison for a period of four months yesterday.
15.03.2017, Joosep VärkPM
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 PiirsaluPM
Savisaar hoped for money from Kremlin two years ago
All leading figures of the Center Party today have spent the last six years trying to distance themselves from the party's onerous cooperation protocol with United Russia, claimed to be ceremonial from the first.
07.12.2016, Tuuli KochPM
Charges reveal Savisaar's secret life
One of the most thrilling reads of recent years, Edgar Savisaar's criminal file, reveals how things were done in the capital during Savisaar's time in the mayor's office. The most telling example is construction tycoon Aivar Tuulberg's bribery affair.
06.12.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Kremlin propaganda portal head Kornilov detained by Estonian police
Aleksandr Kornilov was detained yesterday as suspected in tax offence. In 2014 annual account by security police Mr Kornilov is listed for advancing the Kremlin propaganda.
17.08.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Lawyers of Savisaar see ray of hope
Lawyers defending Edgar Savisaar are hopeful to kill criminal case against the Centre chairman with just one move – asking that the initial evidence, the basis for all the rest, be declared invalid.
02.08.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Savisaar tricks the prosecutors
Yesterday, Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar published statements by 20 witnesses heard regarding his criminal case on website of party paper Kesknädal – all of them his subordinates in Tallinn city government. In the estimation of Mr Savisaar, none of the officials claims that he the suspended mayor has asked or required them to take decisions or do favours for businessmen.
07.07.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Who said what to Port of Tallinn investigation committee?
At Port of Tallinn, Allan Kiil and Ain Kaljurand made deals as their hearts desired. Economy ministers admit that the council manned according to political party interests was never competent enough. Mr Kiil and Mr Kaljurand held sway over council and internal audit alike.
09.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Leedo: price of political support stood at €4m
At Tartu County Court this Monday, shipping businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo testified that former Port of Tallinn board member Allan Kiil (then Reform) asked him for €4m in 2014 in return for political support which would have ensured Mr Leedo the support needed to have ferryboat traffic contract extended. According to him, Mr Kiil said he would have had, regarding paying the money and getting the support, to communicate with then Port of Tallinn chairman Remo Holsmer (Reform), who «does that thing at the port».
19.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
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.
Bribe rejected in Defence League, security police notified
In Võru County district, Defence League staff member recorded offering of bribe and had recourse to security police. With merely €100 in question, why was the case investigated?
10.05.2016, Nils NiitraPM
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
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
A new witness in the Savchenko case
What might Estonian citizen Vladimir Poljakov who Ukraine desires to sue for fighting for separatists in Donbas, the Ukrainian army lieutenant Nadezhda Savchenko sentenced for 22 years of imprisonment in Russia last Tuesday, and the perished Russian TV journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin have in common? In a moment of destiny, they all happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, in Eastern Ukraine near Lugansk on June 17th 2014.
29.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
Raivo Susi feels like FSB hostage
One version why aviation businessman Raivo Susi in talks with Russian national arms seller Rosoboroneksport was arrested sounds quite banal: FSB is accusing him in espionage just to swap him for some of their agents jailed in Estonia. In his letter to Postimees, Mr Susi says he is incline to believe that himself.
17.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Savisaar to be prosecuted in a couple of months
In addition to suspicions stated earlier, prosecutor's office suspects Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar has also accepted banned donations and done large-scale money laundering. As next step, the prosecutor's office is compiling statement of charges.
17.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
The dark side of the tough guys
The much-noticed Soldiers of Odin Estonia Facebook group features a minimum of 182 people of criminal background with at least 374 crimes under their belt. The figure may be higher but these are what Postimees was able to confirm.
08.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Estonian Railways cadre detained
On Tuesday, Estonian Railways communication and security head Indrek Süld was detained for 48 hours by Security Police as suspected in breach of procurement rules.
04.03.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Notes point at Ain Kaljurand pocketing a million
State prosecutor's office and security police are brainstorming over options to use, in the Port of Tallinn executive management criminal case, notes at the disposals of investigators showing the criminal income of port's boss Ain Kaljurand thrice as large as formerly thought.
14.01.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
New episode emerging in Savisaar suspicion
While suspended from office as Mayor of Tallinn, Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar still feels like one. Meanwhile, his criminal case thus far featuring four episodes has led to a new suspicion.
11.01.2016, Tuuli KochPM
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
Kiil and Kaljurand exit prison to be electronically eyed
Yesterday, Harju County Court agreed to release former Port of Tallinn board members Ain Kaljurand Allan Kiil from custody, replacing it with electronic surveillance.
06.01.2016, Liis VelskerPM
The golden parachutes gang
Not too long ago, in the 1990ies, former chiefs in law enforcement faced the danger of dropping out of state system. By now, Estonia features a coterie ensured place on public payroll after the term expires.
30.12.2015, Oliver KundPM
Parish governments come under Central Criminal Police scrutiny
Parish leaders used to lack of control are being targeted by police, and criminal proceedings are coming down like a pouring rain. Central Criminal Police corruption crimes bureau chief Mati Ombler says spread of corruption depends on attitude towards the vice in society.
01.12.2015, Nils NiitraPM
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: political ploy presented as protection of rights
As Centre chairman Edgar Savisaar waives court action against Postimees and journalist Tuuli Koch in the so-called agent of influence case, the accompanying arguments raise the issue of why he sued in the first place.
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
Cup of corruption running over
The latest cases of corruption on topmost political level raise the issue of how rotten is the state of Estonian political and economic elite, and how adequate are the investigative bodies to find it out.
10.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
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
Special audits to storm Port of Tallinn
While economy ministry is preparing a public procurement to order a thorough financial audit regarding transactions entered at Port of Tallinn in 2005–2015, a investigative parliamentary committee will dive into activities of said ministry and port council.
28.10.2015, Andres RiemerPM
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
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
A pilgrimage to Hundisilma
Suspended from being Mayor of Tallinn the day before yesterday, Edgar Savisaar again meets his closest trustees at Hundisilma home today, who in this final battle are expressing faithfulness worthy of a religious sect. Calloused in his ridicule towards the labours of security police and prosecutor's office, Mr Savisaar is testing the legal system limits. Intentionally, rather. With nothing left to lose, it looks.
02.10.2015, Jonatan KarjusPM
Editorial: shameless swagger and (veiled) threats – why?
Let's picture the normal behavior. A suspect would say he agrees not to suspicion, has not planned to affect witnesses, thinks it not right to be suspended from office and will therefore appeal.
Savisaar's greed to serve Centre a grilling?
Suspicions say the suspended Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar asked money for the party and not himself alone. In high likelihood, therefore, Centre is set to enter suspects list.
01.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
An option: depriving Dressen the Traitor of citizenship
Pardoned by President and swapped into Russia in exchange for Eston Kohver, Aleksei Dressen continues to be citizen of Estonia. The latter, however, can strip him of that.
29.09.2015, Merike TederPM
Editorial: a good day for Estonia
For Estonia, Saturday was a good day. Thanks to cooperation of lots of agencies and time consuming negotiations, Eston Kohver is home at last.
Yearlong swap settled in top gear
By last Friday noon the rescue operation regarding Eston Kohver came to a high-speed end as President Toomas Hendrik Ilves pardoned traitor Aleksei Dressen and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin showed mercy on the «spy» from Estonia.
28.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Savisaar establishes hospital room headquarters
In private ward at East-Tallinn Central Hospital for third day, Centre chairman and Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar will have his heart condition checked today.
25.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Blunder by prosecutor grants Savisaar 1:0 lead
Veteran sworn lawyer Üllar Talviste defending Edgar Savisaar could hardly believe his eyes - a blunder of such caliber and in a matter as weighty as dethroning a mayor: while mailing him the summons, state prosecutor Laura Vaik slipped and attached her working document digitally signed yesterday regarding content of suspicion and prosecutor's essential assessment concerning materials of the charges.
24.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
The scandal long feared laid bare
Yesterday's bombshell about bribes accepted by Edgar Savisaar was actually supposed to explode in winter when all evidence gathered over half year of thorough preliminary investigation were fixed in Security Police.
23.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Prosecutor provides details of Savisaar suspicion
This Tuesday morning, Security Police submitted suspicion to Edgar Savisaar regarding repeated acceptance of bribes. According to Attorney-General Lavly Perling addressing a press conference at 4 pm, Edgar Savisaar stands suspected in four episodes.
Businessmen associated with The Savisaar Case
Today, an impressive share of Estonian business elite has been detained by Security Police: Aivar Tuulberg, Alexander Kofkin, Hillar Teder and Vello Kunman - along with Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar suspected in accepting bribes.
Savisaar detained by Internal Security Service for bribe suspicions
Security Police suspects Centre chairman and mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar in multiple acceptance of bribes.
22.09.2015, BNS /PMPM
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.
The minister-to-minister makings of a major bribery scandal
This past decade, many a economy minister has assumed the state overpaid businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo for arranging ferryboat traffic and that the state would do better providing the service itself. As cooperation with the entrepreneur failed, they ended up buying public vessels and have Port of Tallinn act as operator. Turns out, port managers accepted bribes buying the ships and all contracts are to be reviewed. Also, the search is on for a person politically liable.
02.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Suspicion: Kiil amassed money with Kaljurand aware
The most valuable part of what security police has collected, this past year, is extracts of bribes-related conversations between Port of Tallinn chief Ain Kaljurand and his deputy Allan Kiil.
28.08.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Ferryboat traffic takeover spawns bribery scandal
A major part of the Port of Tallinn corruption scandal that erupted yesterday is linked to rearrangement of mainland-islands ferryboat traffic. Millions have been pocketed.
27.08.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Mogherini to keep Kohver case current
Yesterday, Estonia hosted EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini who met with Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and foreign minister Marina Kaljurand. On top of that, Ms Mogherini talked to heads of Estonian foreign representations.
25.08.2015, Peeter RaudsikPM
Small parties struggle with reporting
On top of the six political parties represented in Riigikogu, Estonia has five more that the public rarely hears of and which are having constant difficulty with reporting and accountability.
24.08.2015, Karin KangroPM
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
Editorial: corruption crossing borders
The political storm is rather mighty in Latvia, s stirred up by former railway chief Uģis Magonis arrested as suspected in accepting a bribe Thursday night last week.
Bribe possibly passed in Pärnu
To this day, official information is unavailable by Latvia on shared corruption scandal with Estonia. Estonia's law enforcement, having provided legal assistance to Latvian colleagues, is obliged to keep mouth shut.
12.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Ex-head of Latvian Railways tried to escape arrest
Ugis Magonis, the former head of Latvijas Dzelzcels (Latvian Railways), tried to escape from the anti-corruption officers who arrived to detain him last week, information obtained by BNS suggests.
Bribe clouds hover over Oleg Ossinovski
Engulfed in Latvian corruption scandal, Estonia's richest entrepreneur in charge of an international railway business Oleg Ossinovski has unavoidably affected the political career of his son and Soc Dems chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski.
11.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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
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
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
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
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
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
Editorial: finding friends not foes
To those current with foreign and security policy, not much is added by fresh Security Police annual review. Even so, the book comes with at least two benefits. Firstly, it puts the important information in a format easy to read by those unable to keep up with the constant news, studies and analyses. The annual review is recommended reading to those desiring a brief overview of information war and its tools. Secondly, on the basis of it weighty conclusions can be drawn, partially extendable to the agency’s own activities.
Kremlin media hunting for openings in Estonia
Though Russian propaganda channels are eating ever deeper into Estonia, lion’s share of local Russian speakers still manage to separate hostile messages from the truth, claims Security Police.
14.04.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
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.
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
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
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
Estonian security service detains member of Afghan war veterans' association
The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Monday arrested a member of the association of veterans of the Afghanistan war, Karl Paks.
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
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
Fresh foreign minister casts Rõivas as long term top squirrel
After two weeks as foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) promises to keep reminding her Western colleagues about the security police officer Eston Kohver case and hopes the Estonian ship guards held in India will be back home pretty soon.
03.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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
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
Lawyer for Kohver hands FSB new materials
Yesterday, Eston Kohver’s defence lawyer claimed he failed to receive all documents from Estonia needed to help prove his client’s innocence.
28.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Gay bill opposer ousted from party
On his Facebook wall, Silver Kuusik – Centre Party member of 10 years’ standing – expressed displeasure with four (former) comrades-at-party for voting for the narrowly passed same sex partnership act.
16.10.2014, Tuuli KochPM
FSB in habit of intentionally spreading stories of confessions
The talk of lawyer to Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver jailed in Russia for a month is the usual FSB talk in such spy cases, said Russian scientist Igor Sutyagin with background of 11 prison years by will of FSB.
06.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
Lawyer says Kohver «changed sooner or later»
According to Eston Kohver’s defence lawyer Yevgeni Aksyonov, FSB has hard evidence of Mr Kohver apprehended on Russian soil so he does not believe Estonian Security Police (Kapo) version of what took place.
30.09.2014, 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
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.
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
Anti-Putin rally at Russian Embassy, Tallinn
Yesterday, IRL (Pro Patria and Res Publica Union) nationalists, Ants Erm and News from Ukraine held a «Stop Putin!» picket in front of the Russian Embassy. Some two dozen participated, chanting «Freedom for Ukraine», «Freedom for Eston Kohver», and «Down with Putin».
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.
Office of the Prosecutor General submitted a request for legal assistance to Russia
Office of the Prosecutor General today submitted to competent authorities of the Russian Federation a request for official information concerning the detention of Eston Kohver and the criminal proceedings with regard to him.
18.09.2014, Mirjam MäekiviPM
Advocates manage to meet Eston Kohver
Defence attorneys for Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver, kidnapped from Estonia and accused of espionage in Moscow, on Monday succeeded in meeting the latter for the first time.
Editorial: constant efforts underway for setting Kohver free
This morning, it was one full week since security police official Eston Kohver was snatched from Estonian territory, while near border line, and hauled to Russia. At the moment, the man is in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison accused in espionage – with nothing pointing towards a swift solution and the Estonian’s return back home.
Lawyer of Kohver: no justice as such, in Russia
Nikolai Polozov, appointed as lawyer for Eston Kohver, told Postimees there is no administration of justice in Russia; and when politics come into play, the actual decisions are taken by the highest powers – or President Vladimir Putin in person.
11.09.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Russia border rep shuns today’s meeting over Kohver
The meeting scheduled today at Luhamaa border point between Estonian and Russian border representatives is cancelled as the Russian representative said their delegation is not showing up.
10.09.2014, Mirjam MäekiviPM
Intelligence in joint search for solution
As long as the tiniest chance remains of the kidnapped security police officer Eston Kohver to be returned from Russia by cooperation of intelligence agencies in both countries – Estonia’s Security Police (nicknamed the Kapo) and FSB – Estonia is not going down the path of applying international pressure.
10.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
In praise of a security police pillar
Our thoughts are with Eston Kohver (43), say friends and schoolmates of the security police officer grabbed and jailed by FSB while on duty along Estonia-Russia borderline. Always a trusted fellow, they recall – wondering why an officer so highly valued and informed was sent so close to the border for such a dangerous task.
10.09.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Justice Minister: not much hopes for trading Kohver
Minister of justice Andres Anvelt thinks it quite unlikely for security police officer Eston Kohver to be released anytime soon as once the «train» of proceedings gets a-rolling it is very hard to halt.
09.09.2014, Mirjam MäekiviPM
Security expert: freeing Kohver wouldn't solve the real problem
According to New York University professor Mark Galeotti, Estonia need not overly worry for the arrest of security police officer Eston Kohver, who will probably be released soon.
09.09.2014, Marian MänniPM
Unwritten rules rewritten
A miscalculation by Security Police? Sending a veteran officer for a special operation on the physical Estonia-Russia border, a man highly esteemed among colleagues, considered a pillar in the organisation? An officer carrying too much sensitive data for a possible Russian counterattack and grab? An official for years under heightened Russian scrutiny?
09.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
The new «cross and grab» reality
Kidnapping of security police officer Eston Kohver meant to damage Estonians’ feeling of security.
08.09.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Security Police: the kidnapped officer is Eston Kohver
As confirmed to Postimees by Estonian Security Police, the security police officer apprehended near Luhamaa border point and taken to Russia at gunpoint this morning is indeed Eston Kohver – as claimed by Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSB) in its statement this (Friday) evening.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
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
Rõivas: we expect Russia to fully cooperate
Commenting of the kidnapping, this morning, of an Estonian security police officer, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said he expects Russia to fully cooperate and provide legal assistance to solve the incident.
05.09.2014, Karin KangroPM
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
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
Onetime Kapo investigator convicted in new crime
Indrek Põder, former corrupt investigator at Internal Security Service (Kapo), earns second criminal punishment – this time, for disclosure of a state secret.
06.05.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Full version of Estonian Internal Security Service Annual Review
Read full version of Estonian Internal Security Service Annual Review HERE.
From Estonia to Syria – to do battle
As stated in Internal Security Service (Kapo) annual review, certain members of Estonian Moslem community departed for Syria last year to fight against forces of president Bashar al-Assad. Also, several have shown interest to participate in jihad.
15.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Crooks pushing corrupt politicians
Last year, an accelerating trend was spotted by Internal Security Service (Kapo) of organised criminals seeking to plant cronies into local representative bodies. One such case was discovered in run up to 2013 fall local elections in Tallinn, as former Centre Party member Tõnis Bittman planned, with help by persons connected to organised crime, purchases of votes for Robert Sadovski.
Recruiter of spy runs to Russia
Security policeman Vladimir Veitman was lured into treason by an old friend from the KGB-times, Tallinner Viktor Yermakov hired by Russian foreign intelligence. To avoid being arrested, the latter fled to St Petersburg, this summer.
31.10.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Hostile special services' interest in Estonia growing - minister
Membership of the European Union and NATO and geopolitical location are putting Estonia in a position where interest on the part of hostile special services toward the country is constant and ever growing, Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher said commenting on the detention of former security police staffer Vladimir Veitman as suspect in treason.
Estonian security police suspect ex-staffer Vladimir Veitman of treason
Officials of Estonia's national security police on Wednesday detained Vladimir Veitman, their former staff member and a former employee of the KGB, on suspicion of treason.
Estonian interior minister to nominate Arnold Sinisalu for security police chief
Estonia's Interior Minister Ken-Marti Vaher will nominate Arnold Sinisalu for director general of the security police.
Money laundering tracks lead to former policemen and politicians
«Behind this, there stands a bunch of politicians, business circles and people linked to organised crime,» says Security Police chief Raivo Aeg. At his right sits Central Criminal Police head Raigo Haabu, at the left: the KaPo deputy director Eerik Heldna. Both nod along. It feels like the top brass of Estonia’s law enforcement has asked Postimees to drop by. Mr Aeg reveals a lengthy, dirty and twisty story – with many parts unsolved or shrouded as state secrets.
24.04.2013, Mikk Salu, PostimeesPM
Person of the week: the secure chief of Security Police
The Security Police director general Raivo Aeg decision not to apply for next term was surprising. Around here, it is an exception of exceptions to give up a high and respectable post. That Mr Aeg did it, again confirms the opinion of myself and of others more or less acquainted with him: top jobs have not spoilt him, over the years.
22.04.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Raivo Aeg seeks no new term at Security Police
Security Police Board director general Raivo Aeg (50) unexpectedly told his colleagues at Friday’s Security Police (Kapo) anniversary of his decision not to apply for another term in office.
16.04.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Pro-Kremlin media showed inexplicable interest in Estonia's census- security police
Besides the usual accusations against Estonia concerning wrong interpretation of history and wrong laws, media channels loyal to the Russian leadership last year were inexplicably impatient to get the results of the Estonian population census, the annual review of the Estonian security police for 2012 says.
Security police: Estonia's Muslim community is peaceful, integrated
The Estonian Muslim community is, on the whole, peaceful, homogenous and properly integrated into the Estonian society, the national security police said in its annual review for 2012.
Extremist ideologies have no base in Estonia - security police
Extremist ideologies have no popular base in Estonia and as far as such ideologies go the biggest potential threat arises from the import of extremist ideas from other countries and the radicalization of small groups as a result of propaganda available on the internet, the annual review of the Estonian security police for 2012 says.
Integration causing concern for Russian compatriot ideologists - Estonian security police
Success of the integration policy in Estonia is a cause for concern for the ideologists of the so-called compatriots policy in Russia, as integration runs counter to the aims of the compatriots policy, the annual review of the Estonian security police for 2012 says.
Simm's, Dressen's capture led to new exposures - Estonian security police
The exposure and jailing of the Estonian traitors Herman Simm and Aleksei Dressen has led to the capture of several spies in Estonia's partner countries, director general of the Estonian security police Raivo Aeg said on Friday.
Security Police: new threat – cyber space abuse
According to Security Police (Kapo), extremist ideologies have not taken root in Estonia. However, indirect hazard toward our constitutional order may come from aggressive behaviour with no definite ideological background, in Internet for instance.
12.04.2013, Alo Raun, Postimees