Estonian history

A documentary about the Baltic nations’ path to independence premieres in London

“Those Who Dare”, a 52-minute documentary film that traces the Baltic nations’ path to restoring their independence from the Soviet occupation, is to premiere in London. When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, his reform policy sparked an independence movement in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. …

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An event to describe 1,000 years of Estonian history in a nutshell

The Estonishing Evenings series returns to Tallinn, this time giving a humorous overview of Estonian history. Organised in partnership with Estonian World, the Estonishing Evenings series is an English-speaking evening hosting different speakers expressing their viewpoints and experiences on hot topics and matters concerning both the locals and non-natives living in Estonia. The first event …

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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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A look at Estonia through plywood: the material of the modern world

An exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London highlights the historical products once manufactured by Estonian plywood producers. A small but extraordinary exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum gives us a concise social history of one of the most fascinating materials – plywood. It sheds light over …

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When Putin couldn’t take the truth spoken by Lennart Meri

The late Estonian president, Lennart Meri, once delivered a remarkable address in Hamburg, Germany, that caused the then-deputy mayor of St Petersburg, Vladimir Putin, to stomp out of the hall. Even Western leaders, who are distinguished by the boldness of their statements on other issues, appear reluctant to speak directly …

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FILM: Forest Brothers – Fight for the Baltics

NATO has released a short, dramatised documentary about forest brothers – the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partisans who waged a guerrilla war against the Soviet occupation. Forest brothers (in Estonian: metsavennad, in Latvian: meža brāļi, and in Lithuanian: miško broliai) were the partisans who waged a guerrilla war against the Soviet invasion and occupation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during and after …

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Estonia’s former prime minister Mart Laar awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

The Washington-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has awarded the former Estonian prime minister, Mart Laar, the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom for his role and work in exposing the atrocities of the communist regimes. A historian by academic qualification, Laar has over the years drawn attention to and written about …

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