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The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols in Moscow on 23 August 1939.

David Vseviov: The echo of the Hitler-Stalin pact

Estonian historian David Vseviov says the Kremlin’s recent glorification of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact falls in line with Russia’s attitude that justifies the rights of great powers to determine the course of history and the fate of smaller nations. This article is published in collaboration with communistcrimes.org portal. Over the centuries, …

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Jüri Luik: Even after the relocations of US forces in Europe, they will remain committed to our defence

While the US intention to reduce its permanent presence in Europe is not a positive development, the US presence in the continent has increased since 2014 and the US will remain committed to the defence of Eastern Europe in the future, the Estonian minister of defence, Jüri Luik, said in …

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Joonatan Allandi: Studying abroad can change your life – in Estonia, it can also ruin it

Around 300 foreign students have been deprived of opportunity to study at Tallinn University of Technology or as it’s known, TalTech – for reasons still murky and properly unexplained by the university; in explaining the decision, TalTech has been deceptive and uses a discriminatory language, damaging Estonia’s reputation as a …

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Keegan McBride: Why has TalTech chosen money over students?

Tallinn University of Technology’s (TalTech) policy to ban foreign students was more about saving money than protecting public health, argues Dr Keegan McBride, a researcher at the university; the university has not communicated the policy or the reasons behind it transparently or accurately and the students deserve clarity, he writes. …

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Elvin Abbasli: TalTech needs to reassess its decision on foreign students

Elvin Abbasli, a Tallinn-based Azerbaijani expat, writes on behalf of the Azerbaijani Student Community in Estonia that all Estonian universities, including Tallinn University of Technology, should accept admitted students from third countries if the students are willing to follow the procedures aimed against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The …

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Ian Buruma: Confronting China

If China wishes to lead the world, it will have to offer more than money and intimidation; freedom still matters, and China will be incapable of advancing that cause on a global scale without first starting at home, writes Ian Buruma, a Dutch writer and editor. Instead of using all …

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The Estonian World Council: Russian fabrications and distortions of history hinder mutual understanding and the pursuit of truth

The Estonian World Council, a global organisation uniting Estonians abroad, has published a separate statement from the one Estonian World published on 9 July, regarding the Russian attempts to revise history; Estonian World publishes the statement in full. The Estonian World Council joins with the foreign ministries of Estonia, Latvia …

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The Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Photo: kremlin.ru

Estonians in Canada and Sweden: Russia’s fabrications and distortions of history hinder mutual understanding and the pursuit of truth

The Estonian Central Council in Canada and the Association of Estonians in Sweden have issued a joint statement in a response to the recent article by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, that, according to them, falsifies history, calling it a hindrance of mutual understanding and the pursuit of truth; Estonian …

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Patrik Maldre: The state of Estonia’s cyber security

Patrik Maldre, a cyber security expert, takes a look at the Estonian government’s recently published report, “Cyber Security in Estonia” and states that Estonia continues to take substantial strides in the cyber security field both domestically and internationally. For more than a decade, Estonia has been focused on cyber security …

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