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Russia: Estonian politicians should “grow up”

Russia: Estonian politicians should “grow up”

TALLINN — Russia’s representative at NATO is accusing Estonian politicians of sabotaging their country’s relationship with Russia with a lack of communication and paranoia. Dmitry Rogozin, Russian main representative to NATO, told Baltic News Service on Wednesday that Russia is not a threat for Estonian security and currently Estonia does not have a constructive role […]

Estonian thief extradited to U.S.

Estonian thief extradited to U.S.

TALLINN — An Estonian national accused of taking part in a $9 million (€6 million) heist, identity theft and other frauds, was handed over to the FBI last Thursday by the Baltic state. Tsurikov have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit […]

Tallinn TV Tower renovation “on hold”

Tallinn TV Tower renovation “on hold”

TALLINN — The renovation of the Tallinn TV Tower is in standstill after the construction company that won the the public tender unexpectedly quit working. The 102.8 million krooni (€6.57 million) makeover has been stopped and the contract between Foundation Tallinna Teletorn and KMG Ehitus construction company has been canceled, which means the tower may […]

Riigikogu passes anti-monopoly law

Riigikogu passes anti-monopoly law

TALLINN — The anti-monopoly law vetoed by the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on the last day of June passed the Estonian parliament again Tuesday after being revamped despite Center Party opposition. Parliament’s economic commission made necessary changes and removed the controversy with constitutional law as requested by the president, cited as the reasons for his […]

Rapeseed oil ad with Ku Klux Klan criticized

Rapeseed oil ad with Ku Klux Klan criticized

TALLINN — The Estonian Food Industry Association is being criticized for running an advertisement in which people dressed in costumes similar to those of the Ku Klux Klan promote local rapeseed oil. The ad campaign, which is produced by the Kontuur advertising agency and authored by the agency’s creative director Henri Jääger, consists of TV […]

Hundreds of dead seagulls unexplained

Hundreds of dead seagulls unexplained

TALLINN — Hundreds of dead seagulls were found on the northern coast of Estonia over the weekend, the cause of which 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. The inspectorate’s adviser Himot […]

Eesti Gaas lambastes govt break-up proposal

Eesti Gaas lambastes govt break-up proposal

TALLINN — The Estonian government’s plan to unbundle national energy company Eesti Gaas, purportedly to diversify the country’s gas market, is being strongly criticized by the company management. In an interview with Estonian business newspaper Äripäev published on Friday, Raul Kotov, board member of Eesti Gaas insisted that European Union directives do not require the […]

Estonia to reform gas sector

Estonia to reform gas sector

TALLINN — With Lithuania’s example in mind, the Estonian government announced on Wednesday that it plans to unbundle national energy company Eesti Gaas to break Gazprom’s hold over the country’s gas market. The ruling coalition met Wednesday and agreed to start developing a bill in September that would split the company’s transmission and sales divisions […]

EU criticizes Estonia’s euro switch preparation

EU criticizes Estonia’s euro switch preparation

TALLINN — The European Union is asserting that Estonia is not taking sufficient preparatory measures for switching from the kroon to the euro in January. The European Commission posted a report Tuesday with a long list of criteria the first Baltic state to gain eurozone entry is not meeting. The report reads that the general […]

Estonia demands explanation for Russian drunks

Estonia demands explanation for Russian drunks

TALLINN — The Estonian foreign ministry is requesting an explanation for the Russian diplomat caught drunk driving in Tallinn twice in one month. The press spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BNS that it turned to the Russian foreign ministry and called its ambassador in Tallinn for explanations. However, according to Vienna Convention […]

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