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Estonia, together with 17 allies, participates in the Northern Coasts military exercise

Estonia, alongside with 17 NATO allies, is participating in the Northern Coasts military exercise; around 3,000 troops and over 40 vessels are taking part in the drill. The annual Northern Coasts naval exercise started on 3 September in Copenhagen harbour. The exercise is taking place near the Danish straights connecting …

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Hundreds protest the current Estonian government in Tallinn

A demonstration in support of freedom took place in the Estonian capital’s Deer’s Park on 14 September; over 400 people came together to remind the government of Jüri Ratas the values of liberty, justice and the rule of law. “Yes to freedom, no to lies” grassroot initiative organised a demonstration …

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Estonian foreign ministry to set up a cyber diplomacy department

The Estonian foreign ministry is to set up a new department for cyber diplomacy that will allow the country to participate “more efficiently in global discussions on the subject”, as the foreign minister put it. The creation of the new department was endorsed by the Estonian government on 12 September. …

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Estonia takes part in two UN working groups for cyber stability

Estonia is this autumn participating in two UN working groups for cyber stability – the UN open-ended working group and the UN group of governmental experts. On 9 September, the open-ended working group held its first meeting in New York; Estonia was represented by the ambassador at large for cyber …

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Estonian court sentences a Russian spy to five years in jail

The Harju County district court in Estonia has sentenced a Russian citizen, convicted of spying for Russia, to five years in prison and confiscated €1,300 that the man gained as profit for his crime. The man, identified only as A.A., was captured by the Estonian Security Police on 5 May …

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Estonia’s hard-line interior minister wants to unilaterally revoke visa freedom to Ukrainians

The hard-line interior minister of Estonia, the chairman of the populist Estonian Conservative People’s Party, Mart Helme, wants to unilaterally revoke visa freedom to Ukrainians, citing an “immigration pressure from the East, especially Ukraine”. The far-right politician told a website closely affiliated with his party that regarding Estonia, “considering our …

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Kersti Kaljulaid: Children should be better equipped to understand democracy

At the opening session of the Estonian parliament, Riigikogu, the country’s president, Kersti Kaljulaid, drew the attention of the MPs to many challenges, including offering better education on democracy and human rights in Estonia’s school system. Kaljulaid stressed the role of the parliament as the warden of the rule of …

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The Czech Air Force is, for the first time, to guard the Estonian air space

For the first time, the Czech Air Force is to guard the Estonian air space as part of the Baltic Air Policing Mission, taking over from the United Kingdom. The Czech airmen arrived at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia on 2 September with their JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets. The …

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VIDEO: Bill Clinton sends Estonia good wishes on the 25th anniversary of Russian troop withdrawal

Bill Clinton, a former US president who helped negotiate the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Estonia in 1994, congratulated the country in a video greeting. Clinton played a key role in convincing Boris Yeltsin, the late Russian president, to sign an agreement with Estonia for the withdrawal of the …

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The last Soviet/Russian troops left Estonia 25 years ago

31 August marks 25 years since the last Soviet – or Russian, as the Soviet Union ceased to exist in December 1991 – troops left Estonia, marking the completion of the restoration of independence of the country following the Soviet occupation. When the Soviet Union occupied Estonia in June 1940, …

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