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A tale of two cities: Estonia’s Narva prospects while Russia’s Ivangorod decays

Few in the West had ever heard of Narva – the city of some 60,000 residents, more than 80 per cent of whom are ethnic Russians, located on the eastern border of Estonia – until Vladimir Putin’s propagandists, in the wake of the Russian Anschluss of Crimea, raised the question …

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When your biggest ally suddenly becomes friendly with your scariest neighbour

The appointment of Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state of the United States has left many American allies, including Estonia, a bit worried – not only because Tillerson has no experience in foreign policy, or politics in general – but because of his close ties to the Russian …

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The UK is to deploy long-range missiles on the Estonian-Russian border

The United Kingdom will next year deploy batteries of high precision long-range missiles on the border between Estonia and Russia; the deployment is the first of its kind since the collapse of the Soviet Union. According to the British media, the rockets will be moved to Estonia next year amid …

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NATO puts 300,000 ground troops on high alert amid tensions with Russia

NATO has put 300,000 ground troops on high alert amid rising tensions between Russia and the Baltic states; according to the alliance’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO hopes to speed up the response time of its troops to be able to react to a combat situation more effectively. Stoltenberg told the …

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Russian submarine signal buoy found on a Saaremaa beach

The Estonian Rescue Board’s bomb squad on Wednesday removed a Russian submarine signal buoy that was found on a beach in Mustjala Parish on the Estonian island of Saaremaa, “Saarte Hääl”, a local newspaper, reported on 22 July. The head of the bomb squad, Janek Sõnum, told the newspaper that …

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“Ongoing/going on”: Estonian glass artists to showcase their works in St Petersburg

This summer, the visitors of the Museum of Glass Art on Yelagin Island in St Petersburg have the chance to see what is going on in the Estonian glass art scene. The pieces will show where and how Estonian glass artists have developed and what is the direction the young …

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Sweden’s Estonian community protests against Russian pipeline in Gotland

The Estonian National Congress of Sweden (ENCS) adopted a resolution on 23 April, expressing concern regarding the security situation in the Baltic Sea area, pointing out that the decisions that are about to be made by the local authorities on Sweden’s Gotland island could have a severe impact on the …

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Think-tank: Russia’s warfare techniques have roots in the Soviet Union

According to a research paper by Chatham House, a British think-tank, the techniques and methods used by Russia in the Ukraine conflict have roots in traditional Soviet approaches and shouldn’t have surprised anyone; moreover, the paper calls the strategic interests of the West and Russia “fundamentally incompatible”. Chatham House, a …

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