Contents tagged with Estonia

  • New NATO headquarters opened in Latvia

    The press service of the Latvian Ministry of Defense announced that Latvia, Estonia and Denmark opened the Northern Division headquarters for the multinational troops in Adazi near Riga.

    The main task of the Northern Division will be the management of military operations in its area of responsibility. The new headquarters will begin planning and managing military operations, as well as planning and integrating the NATO units’ activities in order to strengthen the security of the region and …

  • Estonian President strips officer accused of spying for Russia of all military ranks

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid stripped serviceman Denis Metsavas of all military ranks after he was convicted of spying for Russian military intelligence, reported ERR news outlet. Metsavas lost every rank he received from 1999 to 2015, from Warrant Officer to Major.

    On February 11, the Harju County Court sentenced 38-year-old Denis and his 65-year-old father Pjotr Volin to imprisonment for espionage. Denis was sentenced to 15 years and 6 months of imprisonment and his father to 6 years …

  • Estonia prepares to introduce sanctions against Russia because of Kerch Strait incident

    The Estonian parliament will appeal to the government with a proposal to introduce individual sanctions against four high-ranking Russian officials who are deemed responsible for Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. Among them are Senator Aleksey Pushkov, Vladimir Kulishov, Sergei Stankevich and Vasily Piskarev. The decision was adopted by the Estonian MPs on Wednesday, February 20.

    Fifty-six deputies voted to impose sanctions on the four officials. The sanctions prohibit …

  • Swedish Swedbank suspected of laundering billions of euros including from Russia

    Swedish Swedbank is suspected of systematic money laundering, which lasted for about a decade, and was associated with the Baltic branches of Danske Bank, reports Delfi news portal with reference to the Swedish broadcasting corporation (SVT).

    According to the "Uppdrag Granskning" program, the cash flow between Swedbank and the Baltic branches of Danske Bank was at least 40 billion Swedish krona (5.8 billion euros). Among them, there are transfers from companies that became known due to large …

  • EU investigates laundering of Russian money through Danske Bank

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) has opened an investigation into the laundering of Russian money through Danske Bank with respect to the supervisory bodies in Denmark and Estonia.

    The EBA will examine whether the Danish and Estonian financial services authorities fulfilled their obligations according to EU legislation.

    In June 2018, the Estonian prosecution office initiated a criminal investigation against the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, which is believed to have participated in the …

  • Finland, Estonia, and Latvia agree to establish regional gas market

    The Estonian state-owned company Elering AS, which operates electrical and gas networks, stated that an agreement was signed with the energy companies of Finland and Latvia to the establishment of a Finnish-Estonian-Latvian gas market beginning 2020, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    It is noted that this agreement allows for a single gas tariff for gas transit between these countries and eliminates cross-border charges which means that next year gas will flow between Finland, Estonia, and Latvia at …

  • Estonian ex-army officer and his father convicted of spying for Russia

    The former Estonian Defense Forces (Armed Forces) officer and his father were convicted on charges of espionage for Russia in Estonia. The court found them guilty of high treason, reports Radio Liberty.

    Tallinn court has established that the 38-year-old Deniss Metsavas, a former major of the Estonian army, and his father, 65-year-old Pjotr Volin, were selling classified information to the Russian military intelligence, known as the GRU.

    According to the Estonian State Prosecutor’s Office, the …

  • Estonia to install radar towers with cameras on border with Russia

    RIA Novosti reported, with reference to the press service of the Police and Border Guard Board of Estonia, that Estonia will install three radar towers with cameras on the border with Russia along the Narva River. 

    As noted by the head of the Bureau of the Estonian integrated border guard department Egert Belichev, it will make possible accurate overview of what is happening on the border water in a radius of 16 kilometers. 

    “Modern surveillance capabilities will also allow to quickly direct …

  • Estonia demands compensation from Russia for occupation by the USSR

    Estonia has reminded Russia of the times of Soviet occupation once again and pointed to the violation of the Tartu peace treaty from 1920. Estonian Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu claimed that the USSR violated the treaty on Estonia’s independence and that Russia must be held accountable for it. 

    According to him, Russia is the successor of the USSR and should pay damages to Estonia in accordance with international law. 

    “The Soviet Union occupied Estonia, violating the Treaty of Tartu, …

  • Contingent of Belgian armed forces arrives in Estonia

    A contingent of the Belgian Armed Forces arrived in Estonia, reports. The Belgian have joined the British-led NATO battle group stationed in Tapa. They will stay in Estonia for four months replacing a Danish contingent that rotated out in 2018.

    The Belgian units arrived in three convoys of 100 vehicles in total. The core of the contingent is made up of troops from Belgium's historical Chasseurs Ardennais battalion. The unit has approximately 300 personnel along with some 100 units of …