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Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, where in 1989, student-led protests were violently crushed by the Chinese government. Several hundreds to several thousands of people were killed. Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash.

China is asking Estonian opinion leaders to be more favourable towards its policies

The Chinese embassy in Tallinn has sent an email to many Estonian opinion leaders, asking them to be more favourable towards its policies. In the email, the “political section” of the Chinese embassy, as the signature says, notes that the “world, including Estonia, is becoming more and more interested in …

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Gallery: American paratroopers conduct a rapid response exercise in Estonia

An estimated 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, an airborne infantry division of the United States Army, conducted an exercise in Estonia in the early hours of Saturday; the airborne exercise was designed to test the American rapid response defence of Estonia in case of a theoretical aggression by the Russian Federation. The paratroopers …

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Around 800 American paratroopers conduct an exercise in Estonia

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, an airborne infantry division of the United States Army, on Friday morning departed from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for a Swift Response exercise where they will conduct “joint forcible entry” operations into Estonia in the early hours of Saturday; the airborne exercise is designed to test the American fast …

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Estonia allocates funds to help India fight coronavirus

Estonia is allocating €75,000 to India to help the country contain the severe new coronavirus wave it’s experiencing. “The situation is concerning because the rapid increase of infections has put the health-care system of the country under enormous pressure. Hospitals are lacking staff, beds, medicines and oxygen,” Estonia’s foreign minister, …

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Russian delegations, Putin could still attend the Finno-Ugric World Congress in Estonia

Tõnu Seilenthal, a member of the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric Peoples, the coordinating body of the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, due to take place this summer in Tartu, Estonia, says in an interview with Estonian World that even if the Russian Federation creates an “iron curtain”, the results of …

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A screen grab from the Russian TV station, Rossiya 1, showing the supposedly leaked preliminary list of the countries that are "unfriendly" towards Russia.

Russia puts Estonia on the “unfriendly” countries’ list

The Russian authorities have started compiling a list of countries that are deemed “unfriendly” towards it – and Estonia is one of them. So far, the “unfriendly” countries’ list contains the US, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Georgia. Russian foreign policy analyst Maxim …

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The Kremlin likely behind Russia’s Finno-Ugric withdrawal statement

Oliver Loode, an Estonian human rights advocate of the indigenous Uralic peoples, says in an interview with Estonian World that the statement of the Association of the Finno-Ugric Peoples of the Russian Federation that called to boycott the next World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples in Tartu, Estonia, is probably Kremlin’s work, with instructions …

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A map of Finno-Ugric people in Europe. Image by GalaxMaps, shared under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

Russia withdraws from the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples

The Association of the Finno-Ugric Peoples of the Russian Federation announced their representatives will not participate in the next World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, due to take place this June in Estonia; the association called into question the need for congresses in the future and blamed them for “interfering in …

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