Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in Chicago, IL. He loves to write and besides working at Estonian World and doing some occasional blogging, he writes books and contributes to other outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.

Estonian director Ilmar Raag’s “Kertu” among 50 best European films

Estonian film director and producer Ilmar Raag’s movie “Kertu” has been selected as one of the 50 best films this year, recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards, the so-called European Oscars. During a press conference in the Latvian capital of Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014, …

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Estonian-founded GrabCAD sold for around $100M to US-Israeli Stratasys Ltd

Estonian-founded, US-based startup GrabCAD has been acquired by the US-Israeli provider of 3D printing solutions, Stratasys Ltd, for around $100M. It is the second biggest startup exit for an Estonian startup and the biggest for Estonian seed investors. According to Stratasys, the acquisition is expected to enable the company to provide its customers with …

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The Red Army entering Estonia in October 1939, effectively occupying the country. Today's Russia behaves frighteningly similarly to the Soviet Union in the thirties.

Sten Hankewitz: Kidnapping of Estonian officer is political – as is everything related to Russia

On 5 September, operatives of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) illegally entered the territory of the Republic of Estonia, a member of NATO and the European Union, and kidnapped by force an officer of the Internal Security Service (ISS) of Estonia. The facts we know today tell us the …

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Russia kidnapping Estonians is nothing new: 46 of them were abducted in the thirties

In light of the recent kidnapping of an Estonian security police officer by the Russian FSB, it may be worthwhile to take a look in the past. We may be shocked at the course of events in the last few days – and we may be especially astonished at the …

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President Obama to visit Estonia in September

US President Barack Obama will visit Estonia in September; according to the White House, the visit is designed to “further enhance the strong relations between the two countries and to affirm America’s commitment” to the Baltic states. In Tallinn, Obama will meet with Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves as well …

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Adam Cullen – the American who fell in love with Estonia and its literature

How many non-Estonians – especially the ones coming from a global language background – do you know who can speak fluent, or even conversational Estonian? It probably isn’t too easy to come up with even one. Well, let Estonian World fix this and introduce to you Adam Cullen, a 28-year-old …

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Bill Rebane (second from left) at the set of The Giant Spider Invasion.

Bill Rebane – the maker of horror films who’s “never been a fan of horror”

The Estonian-American film producer and director, Bill Rebane, has certainly had an interesting life. Born in Latvia, schooled in Germany and worked in the United States, he’s one of the few people of Estonian heritage who have made a difference in the arts of motion pictures. And yet, after a …

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Book review: When Russia invaded Estonia – and Jack Ryan saved it

The time is “present day”. Russia’s president is a former KGB officer who uses phrases like “The fall of the Soviet Union was one of the greatest tragedies of the last century”. The modern reincarnation of the KGB – the FSB – is all-powerful in Russia. Businesses are “nationalised” – …

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