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Russian actress with Estonian roots cleared for space flight

Actress Yulia Peresild will be flown to the International Space Station in October to shoot scenes for an upcoming Russian movie. Yulia Peresild, whose ancestors were from Estonia, and filmmaker Klim Shipenko were selected to be part of the expedition that is planned to launch in October from the Baikonur …

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An Estonian medical student works on COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Brazil

Estonian medical student Endel Willik is gaining medical experience and helping the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Brasilia while the country is seeing a dangerously high increase in the rate of infection. Now in his second year at the Higher Education Medical Sciences School – or ESCS – in Brasilia, the …

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Obituary: Johannes Kert, the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Johannes Kert, who as the former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces led Estonia towards NATO and helped rebuild the Estonian military, has died at the age of 61; the boots of this straightforward military man, who didn’t waste words or spare time for niceties, will be impossible to fill, …

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Estonian researcher helps restore the mask-making tradition of the indigenous people of Alaska

Estonian researcher Anna Mossolova is helping the indigenous people of Alaska to revive their mask-making tradition that was suppressed under the influence of Christian missionaries at the turn of the 20th century. This article is published in collaboration with Research in Estonia. The Yup’ik people living in southwest Alaska first came …

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Seven globally outstanding Estonian female scientists

On 11 February 2021, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is held in Estonia for the first time; to mark the occasion, Estonian World highlights seven globally outstanding female scientists from the country. The Day of Women and Girls in Science was established at the initiative of …

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Estonian scientist leads the EU’s high-level climate negotiations

Since the beginning of the German presidency of the European Union in July, Annela Anger-Kraavi, a Cambridge-educated Estonian scientist, has been leading the EU’s high-level climate change negotiations. Anger-Kraavi, a climate expert who has been involved in the UN climate negotiations for many years, leads the negotiations on the effects …

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Top 12 most outstanding Estonian statespeople

On the occasion of the day celebrating the restoration of independence, Estonian World has chosen 12 of Estonia’s most outstanding statespeople in recent times.* In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian parliamentarians decided to take advantage of the chaos in Moscow – the conservative Soviet hardliners had gone on offensive against …

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Meet the Estonian “mermaid”, Merle Liivand, who is helping save the oceans

Estonian World interviews Estonia’s most famous “mermaid”, the Florida-based Merle Liivand, who is helping save the oceans and, at the same time, hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics; right now, Liivand is also competing for votes to be the Maxim magazine cover girl. The Estonian professional swimmer, Merle Liivand, …

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