Archive for the Category ‘Estonia’

Estonian Lutherans lash out at Mormons

Estonian Lutherans lash out at Mormons

TALLINN — The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is lambasting the Ministry of the Interior for allowing the Mormon Church access to records that may be being used to re-baptize deceased Estonians. Estonian Lutherans are not happy with the state’s cooperation agreement with the U.S.-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that allows the copying […]

Alleged Toompark killer caught, confesses

Alleged Toompark killer caught, confesses

TALLINN — A man who is suspected for attacking two women, killing one, in downtown Tallinn last November was arrested Thursday and has confessed to the crime. A male Estonian citizen named Vjatšeslav, 28 of Tallinn, allegedly attacked two women with a baseball bat on Nov.23 last year around 8 a.m. at Toompark in Tallinn’s […]

President Ilves briefly hospitalized

President Ilves briefly hospitalized

TALLINN — The Estonian president was briefly hospitalized a week ago, the president’s office announced on Friday. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves spent part of the evening of Aug. 20 in the Northern Estonian Regional Hospital in Tallinn after complaining that he did not feel well, Toomas Sildam, press spokesman of the President’s Office told the […]

Rural “internetification” coming to Estonia

Rural “internetification” coming to Estonia

TALLINN — Sixty years after widespread electrification came to the Estonian countryside, the government has initiated constructing a high-speed Internet network that will bring a connection to every household by 2015. With its old wooden windmills, thatched roofs and decaying Soviet-era collective farm buildings, bucolic Estonia does give an immediate impression of being high-tech, but […]

Tallinn 2011 council member resigns in protest

Tallinn 2011 council member resigns in protest

TALLINN — The troubles with Tallinn European Capital of Culture project continues, now the foundation’s administrative council member Katrin Saks resigned from her position amid acrimony about political control over the project. Saks, a Social Democrat and Tallinn alderman, said her resignation was prompted by the lack of support for her proposal to add another […]

Who was bribed?

Who was bribed?

TALLINN — The guilty verdict in the Valdeko Sibul trial leaves an unresolved question — who on the Tallinn City Council accepted his bribes? 58-year old Valdeko Sibul was found guilty of bribing a public official on Aug. 16, but the prosecutor’s office remains unable to find out which officials were accepting his bribes. Sibul […]

Drug lab worth millions busted in Tallinn

Drug lab worth millions busted in Tallinn

TALLINN — Estonia’s Police and Border Guard announced Thursday that a drug laboratory in Tallinn where large quantities of amphetamine and GHB were produced was busted earlier this week. Three people, an 18-year old named Anatoli, a 40-year old named Ruslan and one juvenile girl were detained Monday for illegally dealing with narcotic substances. Anatoli […]

What is killing the Baltic states seagulls?

What is killing the Baltic states seagulls?

TALLINN — The cause of death of hundreds of seagulls found on the northern coast of Estonia at the end of last month remains a mystery. The Estonian Environmental Inspectorate found more than 200 dead seagulls on the northern coast from Muuga Harbor to Salmistu, which is about 100 km out of Tallinn. Inspectorate spokesman […]

Are Estonia’s bakeries an illegal cartel?

Are Estonia’s bakeries an illegal cartel?

TALLINN — The Estonian Association of Bakeries’ statement last Friday that an increase of bread prices is inevitable is being answered with a criminal investigation of cartel agreement by authorities. The state prosecutor’s office announced Monday that a criminal investigation was initiated to investigate the alleged anti-competitive pricing agreements by bakeries in the Baltic state. […]

Estonia blows off Russian criticism

Estonia blows off Russian criticism

TALLINN — The Estonian government has little reaction to Russian criticism about their bilateral foreign relations. Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s main representative to NATO, told Baltic News Service last week that Estonia is not playing a constructive role in normalizing relations between the two countries. He urged Estonia to acknowledge that NATO and Russia are close […]

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