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The Finnish media claims tens of Finns were infected with COVID-19 in Estonia – even though two Finns brought it with them from Finland

The Finnish public broadcasting, YLE, is trying to claim tens of Finns were infected with the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – while in Estonia; however, the group of Finns included two of their countrymen who brought the virus over from Finland. In an article, published on 7 August, YLE …

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Estonia's former ambassador to Finland, Harri Tiido. Photo by Mauri Ratilainen, the Finnish parliament.

The Estonian ambassador to Finland resigns in a protest against the government

The Estonian ambassador to Finland, Harri Tiido, resigned his post and is leaving the foreign service in a protest against the current government of Estonia. Tiido told the Finnish national broadcasting, Yle, that his worldview is so different from the current Estonian government’s that he had to leave his post …

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The towers of the Kremlin. Photo by Ivan Krylov, shared under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

The Estonian foreign ministry summons the Russian ambassador regarding the attempts to justify the Soviet occupation

On 23 July, the Estonian foreign ministry summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Estonia, Aleksandr Petrov, to explain Russia’s recent attempts to depict the occupation and annexation of Estonia by the Soviet Union as legitimate. In recent days, the Russian embassy in Tallinn has published a series of …

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Eighty years since the US refusal to accept the annexation of Estonia

On 23 July 1940, the United States’ acting Secretary of State, Sumner Welles, issued a declaration that condemned the Soviet Union’s aggression against Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; it became to be known as the Welles Declaration and for the next 51 years, it formed the basis for the American refusal …

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Russia expert: Putin wants to make Baltic states Russian protectorates

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, wants Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to become Russian protectorates; and now that he has won the right to stay in power for decades, he is no longer constrained and will take dangerous risks to achieve that, Vladimir Yushkin, the head of Tallinn’s Baltic Centre for …

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The UK is to ban the neo-Nazi group formerly led by a 13-year-old Estonian boy

The United Kingdom is going to ban the neo-Nazi group formerly led by a 13-year-old Estonian boy and brand it as a terrorist organisation. According to the BBC, the organisation, called the Feuerkrieg Division (“feuerkrieg” means “firewar” in German), an international group that mostly existed on the internet, had earlier …

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A powerful Russian nuclear submarine spotted entering the Baltic Sea

A powerful Russian nuclear-powered submarine – an Oscar-II class, believed to be the Orel (K-266) – has been seen entering the Baltic Sea early on the morning of 9 July. According to a report in the Forbes magazine, the nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine entered the Baltic Sea under the Great …

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The UK loans Estonia four armoured vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali

The United Kingdom will loan the Estonian Special Forces deploying to Mali four Jackal armoured vehicles to equip them as they join the international fight against Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. The British minister for the armed forces, James Heappey, confirmed the loan, plus a three-week training …

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Estonia joins 26 other countries in a statement regarding Uyghurs and Hong Kong

Estonia has joined 26 other countries in a statement expressing concern with the treatment of Uyghurs by China and the situation of human rights in Hong Kong after China imposed new legislation on the special administrative region to crack down the opposition. The joint declaration, delivered in Geneva to the …

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The role of the United States in the restoration of Estonia’s independence

The US policy of not recognising the annexation of the Baltic states formed an international anchor which fostered the hope that justice would one day prevail, and strongly influenced the behaviour of other Western states for 50 years.* The Welles Declaration My experience is that the US – the biggest Western …

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