Doctor released young men from service for bribesEstonian news
- Lepp suspected of embezzling money for talk showEstonian newsSuspicions brought against Tallinn TV (TTV) director Toomas Lepp suggest he turned the channel's „Club of Free Thought“ (Vaba Mõtte Klubi) program into a hidden cash machine by selling the talk show to his own television channel through an acquaintance's shell company while having TTV pick up the production costs.
- Veronica Anghel: take corrupt Romanian politicians, keep the corrupt Romanian partiesEstonian newsRomanian politicians tend to go down with a bang. Or, more accurately, with the slam of a prison door, preferably on camera. The ethical standards to which politicians are romantically upheld are in total contrast to the displays of corruption and dishonesty to which we are daily witnesses. Add to this their hope for more likely electoral victories through false promises and indifferent speeches and it’s like asking for a shovel when you are already on the bottom of the pit… The greatest damage being done is not to themselves, but to the faith of citizens in the political party – the backbone of democratic governance. In order to restore it, both voters and politicians need to lower their expectations from this relationship.
- Local governments protecting thievesEstonian newsWhile local government figures whose prosperity grows out of corruption might be convicted in court, they often get to keep embezzled assets. The reason for this is rather prosaic: fellow party members and friends in the community office simply won't demand the return of assets stolen from the community.
- Port of Tallinn special audit comes with conflict of interestsEstonian newsHired to audit the corruption nest at Port of Tallinn by high-ranking Reform Party cadres, in a later private court dispute law office Sorainen made a discount to one of the politicians who hired it, documents show. Partly, the reduced bill was paid by Reform Party but those involved detect no conflict of interests.