Estonian history

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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Estonia celebrates the day of restoration of independence

On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state; every year, 20 August is celebrated as the day of Restoration of Independence.* In the evening of 20 August 1991, Estonian politicians declared the nation’s independence – even as Soviet tanks were rolling through the countryside to …

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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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Celebrations in St Petersburg mark 100 years from the demonstration of Estonians

Celebrations will be held in St Petersburg, Russia, to mark the passing of 100 years from the demonstration of Estonians in support of their country’s autonomy. The 1917 Russian revolution and the generally unstable situation in the country created the opportunity for Estonians to demand self-governance. The impetus for independence …

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