Contents tagged with Estonia

  • Russian criminal group launders largest sum in Finland's history

    Two Estonian citizens were arrested in Finland on charges of laundering more than 100 million euros for a Russian organized criminal group, reports Yle TV channel.

    The money laundering was carried out with the assistance of the Finnish HTR Talonrakennus Oy construction company. Estonians, who led this firm, received charges of laundering 140 million criminal euros. Now the detainees deny their guilt, claiming that the money was allegedly intended for the construction of roads in Karelia.

    It …

  • Kremlin: Estonia’s non-recognition of Russian passports is a ‘humanitarian blockade of the Donbas’

    The Russian embassy in Tallinn has commented on a decision by the Estonian Foreign Ministry not to recognize Russian passports issued to inhabitants of the Ukrainian Donbas.

    “It is regrettable that Estonia continues to persistently fight to lead the race among EU countries on the anti-Russian track. We are convinced that the Estonian authorities’ effective participation in the humanitarian blockade of the Donbas, which for more than five years has been deprived of government and banking …

  • Estonia refuses to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

    Estonia does not recognize Russian passports issued to residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are not under Ukraine’s control. Estonian Foreign Ministry made the relevant decision on Monday, August 5, as reported by the Ministry’s press service.

    "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the decision to not recognise the passports issued by the Russian Federation to the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts after 24 April 2019, if the user of the passport was previously not a …

  • Russian warships and submarines spotted off Estonian coast

    53-year-old Finn Jari Muukkonen, who sailed from Tallinn to Helsinki, spotted off five warships and a submarine in the Gulf of Finland near Estonian territorial waters, reports Elu24 news outlet.

    Jari bongasi viisi sotalaivaa ja sukellusveneen Viron aluevesirajalla – ”Ei se ihan jokapäiväistä ole” https://t.co/JS8qHXP9z0

    — Ilta-Sanomat (@iltasanomat) July 31, 2019

    The man said that the ships belong to Russia, and he also made photos of them.

    "When our ship approached them, it became …

  • Two people convicted of spying for Russia in Lithuania

    Two men were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment in Lithuania on charges of espionage for Russia.

    Both defendants were found guilty of transmitting information to Russian intelligence and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison each, reports Deutsche Welle.

    The message of the General Prosecutor's office in Vilnius reports that two men, who were born in 1966 and 1961, for several years were taking photos of the area and communication structure of a military airfield in Šiauliai …

  • Estonia to help Ukraine set up E-Government

    Between 10 and 11 June, a Ukrainian delegation headed by Mikhail Fedorov, advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, visited Estonia, the Presidential Administration announced on its website.

    The primary purpose of the work visit was to obtain a professional appraisal of the “E-Government” concept and to solicit Estonia’s expertise.

    “Estonia was the first in the world to introduce the electronic interaction of registers and ID cards, hold electronic elections, reach an online services figure of …

  • Estonian Finance Minister wants to spend less on upgrade of border with Russia

    Estonian Finance Minister Martin Helme from the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) suggested that the country could save money by spending less on the border with Russia, RIA Novosti reports.

    “The border must be built more cheaply than planned. Without all the bells and whistles. There are more rational solutions,” Helme said.

    He also said that less money should be invested in the construction of public sector buildings. Instead, he called for investments that stimulate the economy. …

  • Estonia accuses Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating its border

    Estonian military accused the Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating the Estonian air border last Saturday, reported Estonian Defense Forces.

    The report stated that the Tu-154, belonging to the Russian Navy, entered the country's airspace near the island of Vaindloo without permission and was there for less than a minute.

    It is noted that the transponder of the aircraft was turned on. As the Press-service of the Defense Forces added, the plane had a flight plan, but there was no radio contact …

  • Estonia expecting Russian attack

    Estonia suspects that Russia is preparing for an armed conflict in the west, said Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik at a memorial conference in Tallinn for former Estonian president Lennart Meri.

    His conclusion is based on the fact that Russia has reinforced its Western Military District, establishing seven new regiments and stationing them less than 50 km from the state border.

    “This demonstrates that the Russian Armed Forces are preparing for an armed conflict to the west,” RBC news …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky meets with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary

    President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President Hungary Janos Ader and President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, all in attendance at the newly elected head of state’s inauguration.

    Zelensky thanked the heads of state after they warmly congratulated him on assuming office, as reported by the president’s press service.

    During a meeting with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Vladimir Zelensky said that …