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Trump to nominate William Grayson as the US ambassador to Estonia

The US president, Donald Trump, announced on 30 September his intent to nominate William E. Grayson as the American ambassador to Estonia. According to the White House press release, William Ellison Grayson currently works as the national director of the Family Offices of Bernstein Private Wealth Management in San Francisco, …

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Estonia commemorates the day the Soviet Union occupied the country

On 22 September, Estonia commemorates the day in 1944 when the Soviet Union for the second time occupied the country and stayed for almost 50 years – the day that’s now known as Resistance Day. On 22 September 1944, the Soviet Army entered the Estonian capital, Tallinn, claiming it was …

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UK’s the Telegraph pulls an article by Nazi-apologist Estonian MEP Jaak Madison

The British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, removed an opinion article published in its online version by the Estonian populist member of the European Parliament, Jaak Madison – the article was removed after Jewish News, Britain’s most popular Jewish newspaper, reached out, it is understood. Jaak Madison, an Estonian Conservative People’s Party …

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Estonia elected to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency

On September 19, at the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Estonia was elected to the agency’s Board of Governors for the first time; Estonia’s tenure will last from 2019-2021. Estonia will be represented at the board of the organisation by Toomas Kukk, Estonia’s Permanent Representative to the …

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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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