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This was revenge for Veerpalu’s victory

15.12.2017, 2:18

Skiing coach Anatoli Šmigun, who recently celebrated his 65th birthday and whom most people simply know as Tolik takes a seat in a hotel in the Austrian skiing mecca of Ramsau. Thick snow is falling behind the windows. Tolik puts one hand’s fingers around...

Kadri Simson: I did not perceive a conflict of interest

14.12.2017, 5:15

Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson (Center Party) says she does not detect a conflict of interest in her participation in awarding support for pig farmers as everyone around the negotiating table knew of her ties to then CEO of...

Hanno Pevkur: Kallas to become prime minister sooner or later

13.12.2017, 1:44

Infighting in the Reform Party has gained considerable momentum. Siim Kallas wants a new chairman, while Hanno Pevkur has proposed an in-house election in January. Pevkur now admits he would support Kaja Kallas should she decide to run for chairman.

Symbolic statements do not contribute to solutions

12.12.2017, 5:55

The past year has seen events that seem to be disheveling international relations to an ever-growing degree. Postimees asked Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) how to continue basing one’s decisions on values in increasingly complicated...

Russian court sends Estonian businessman to jail for 12 years on spying charges

11.12.2017, 1:11

A court in Moscow has found Estonian aviation technology businessman Raivo Susi guilty of espionage and punished him with a sentence of 12 years in a high security prison, Interfax news agency said.

Kallas’ words send Pevkur into action

11.12.2017, 1:08

Chairman of the Reform Party Hanno Pevkur made a high-powered statement yesterday: the party should elect its potential new leader in a month’s time.

Work underway on Maarjamäe memorial

11.12.2017, 12:52

The “Teekond” (Journey) memorial for victims of communism that lies on more than 30,000 square meters and is estimated to cost €8 million should be completed in Tallinn’s Maarjamäe subdistrict by next fall.

Final hours: ship protectors’ road to Estonia

08.12.2017, 5:27

Tuesday. It’s nearly 3 p.m. in Chennai, India when Estonian ship protectors staying at the YWCA hostel board tuk-tuks and head out. The men hope to finally get their departure papers stamped at the local foreigners’ office but have no idea they will be...

Vulnerability discovered in spring kept quiet

07.12.2017, 6:32

Estonian authorities were forced to close some ID-cards already in May and June after a University of Tartu research fellow came across a security vulnerability so severe that it allowed him to crack one of the cards and use it to fake a digital signature, a...

Abrupt end to a long journey

07.12.2017, 6:28

The workday was ending in Chennai, India when 14 Estonian ship protectors finally got their departure papers stamped. Next, Secretary General of the Estonian Foreign Ministry Annely Kolk told the men to go to their lodging, take their things, and go to the...

Historical moment: fentanyl business halted

06.12.2017, 5:24

The Central Criminal Police believe they have made a breakthrough in the fentanyl epidemic that has been poisoning Estonia for the past 15 years. The drug has disappeared from the market, around ten fentanyl barons are in jail or awaiting trial. The best...

Ship guards on their way home

05.12.2017, 7:23

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Tuesday that the Estonian ship guards in India have finally obtained an exit permit, have embarked on their journey home and the extremely difficult situation for their loved ones is about to be solved.

One million e-residents and €1.8 billion instead of ten million

05.12.2017, 7:20

Leaders of the Estonian e-residency program have considerably changed the project’s goals, and there is no more talk of ten million e-Estonians by 2025 a la Taavi Kotka and Siim Sikut. The critically revised goal mentions 989,000 e-residents and indirect...

Kharkiv Estonians restore Dekabrist monument

05.12.2017, 7:17

The Kharkiv Estonians’ society has made it its mission and is looking for donations to restore a monument to Dekabrist Andreas Rosen (1799-1884), born in the Mäetaguse manor in East Viru county, Estonia.

Diplomats to try to obtain exit permits for ship guards on Tuesday

04.12.2017, 8:52

Deputy secretary general of the Estonian Foreign Ministry for legal and consular affairs Annely Kolk and consul Mats Kuuskemaa on Tuesday will continue communicating with the foreigners' office of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to obtain stamps on the...

Arrests take romance out of spying

04.12.2017, 8:46

Of the last seven Russian special services agents captured in Estonia, most were recruited between the ages of 18 and 23. For the FSB, these young men are economy agents who will rarely be missed should they get caught. The market is running dry however.

Simson: sins not visited upon family members in Estonia

01.12.2017, 12:12

Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson (Center Party), who returned from Brussels yesterday, said in a telephone interview to Postimees that she will recognize it should the time come for her to resign.

Soorm and Tuvi shed light on punitive action

01.12.2017, 12:02

Former HKScan Estonia executives Teet Soorm and Mati Tuvi, suspected of large-scale embezzlement and money laundering, announced yesterday that they categorically deny having committed acts in question.

Gemalto to replace representative in Estonia

30.11.2017, 4:52

Communication between Estonian ID-card manufacturer Gemalto and the state will no longer be coordinated by Andreas Lehmann from December. Lehmann attracted a lot of attention last week when he claimed he had informed the Estonian authorities of the ID-card...

Suspicions of large-scale piggery

30.11.2017, 4:51

Former head of the Rakvere Meat Processing Plant (Rakvere Lihatööstus) Teet Soorm gave a frank interview to Postimees only last week.

Police strip straw man of e-residency

29.11.2017, 5:01

Materials published in Postimees have caused the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) to leave a Filipino citizen whose status was used to liquidate hundreds of Estonian companies without Estonian e-residency. It is the first time authorities have stripped...

Simson’s plan not in line with statistics

29.11.2017, 4:53

Free county coaches would benefit up to 18,000 working people and some pensioners. All others would participate in the plan as taxpayers. The tiny village of Vinso in Põlva county is an ideal place for a real-life experiment: a test of whether free coaches...

Relatives of ship protectors holding their breath

28.11.2017, 11:49

Even though the Chennai court acquitted all ship protectors India detained four years ago, their relatives do not dare breathe easy just yet. The year 2014, when the Indian court cleared the men of all charges while no one got to go home, is all too fresh in...

Entrepreneurship no longer in favor

27.11.2017, 5:10

When Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson and Port of Tallinn CEO Valdo Kalm presented the port’s stock market plans the week before last, both said the company would become a dividend stock, while the minister also said she first and...

Center does not need Ivanova? All lies!

27.11.2017, 5:06

Olga Ivanova keeps attending party meetings and is once more a member of the influential Riigikogu Legal Affairs Committee despite having been evicted from the Center Party.

Indian court acquits Estonian ship guards

27.11.2017, 5:03

India's Chennai court on Monday ruled in favor of all 35 ship guards, including 14 Estonians, in their appeal against the trial court's judgment convicting them.

Court: gender neutral marriages entered into abroad not valid in Estonia

24.11.2017, 1:32

Tallinn District Court has overturned an administrative court ruling from January that ordered the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) to issue a fixed-term residence permit to a US woman who married a woman from Estonia.

Parties looking to clip prosecution’s wings

24.11.2017, 1:27

The Riigikogu has entered into proceedings draft legislation to limit the prosecution’s power of decision and lay down concrete deadlines in criminal procedure.

Alcohol excise duty hike cut in half

24.11.2017, 1:24

The government decided at its cabinet sitting yesterday to cut in half the planned hike of excise duties on strong and light alcoholic beverages,” Kanal 2 news reported.

Pevkur urges Reform to stop infighting

23.11.2017, 1:41

An article published in the yesterday issue of Postimees caused chairman Hanno Pevkur to send a letter to fellow Reform Party members yesterday, urging everyone to stop fighting.

Scandals mark government’s first year

23.11.2017, 1:36

Today marks the passing of one year from the day ministers in Jüri Ratas’ government of the Center Party, Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL), and the Social Democrat Party (SDE) took their oath of office. It has hardly been smooth sailing for the government...

Ansip criticizes budget and alcohol excise duty

22.11.2017, 2:23

Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip has criticized the state budget process and the current government’s tax policy in the past. He also recently discovered cheap Latvian alcohol in his basement.

Swindler uses exotic e-residents as straw men

22.11.2017, 2:20

Several independent tips, trials, charges, and cases have put Postimees on the tacks of a criminal scheme. A man apprehended in the Philippines and convicted of fraud in Estonia changed his name and started using Estonian e-residents for the purpose of...

Police forced to waste resources on poster ban

21.11.2017, 7:15

The police received 204 tips of potential violations of election campaign rules during the recent election. People reported posters and vehicles with names and pictures of politicians on them during the period when outside political display is banned. As it...

X-Road to join Estonia and Finland

20.11.2017, 7:44

The Finnish and Estonian tax boards will use the X-Road exchange of data layer to join their information systems, making it possible for citizens of both countries to request certificates in both agencies.

Papal visit 99 percent certain

20.11.2017, 7:39

Bishop Philippe Jourdan asked for the attention of the congregation for a special announcement toward the end of the Estonian mass at the Church of St Peter and St. Paul in Tallinn yesterday.

Discount icon on eve of elections

17.11.2017, 1:56

The icon Edgar Savisaar and Urmas Sõõrumaa presented to the Church of the “Quick to Hearken” Icon of the Mother of God in Lasnamäe as part of the politicians’ Tallinn local elections campaign turns out to have been purchased from the gift shop of a...

Simson’s plan short on support

17.11.2017, 1:54

Chairman of the Pro Patria Res Publica Union (IRL) Helir-Valdor Seeder said that even though Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson (Center) has every legal opportunity to lay down free county-level public transport from July 1, she lacks...

Miilits moves to counterintelligence

16.11.2017, 5:46

One of Estonia’s highest-ranking and better-known police officials, Afghanistan police mission veteran Tarmo Miilits did not return to the ranks of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) but has become an operative of the Estonian Internal Security Service...

Free coaches plan verges on absurdity

16.11.2017, 5:27

The government’s plan of offering free rides on certain long-distance coach lines is taking flak from carriers and leaving officials perplexed.

State files claim against ID-card manufacturer

15.11.2017, 4:48

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) has filed an official claim against ID-card manufacturer Gemalto. Bureau Chief of the PPA’s development department Margit Ratnik told Postimees that the damages claim was sent in early September.

US to inject million into Estonian weaponry

15.11.2017, 4:45

The United States plans to allocate a total of $100 million to the Baltic countries over the coming years to improve weaponry on NATO’s eastern flank. This means Estonia will be able to achieve some important capacities two to four years ahead of schedule.

Corruption lingers in local governments

14.11.2017, 2:55

Head of the Corruption Crime Bureau of the Central Criminal Police Mati Ombler believes local governments in Estonia have not paid enough attention to correct and transparent administration.

Financing scandal investigation stains Pevkur

14.11.2017, 2:51

Recently declassified criminal files of the Reform Party’s financing fiasco point to involvement of current Chairman Hanno Pevkur in the so-called plastic bag scandal. Pevkur refers to statements given by businessman Mairo Kiho as fiction.

The Fight Against Corruption – from Zero to Hero to Zero? Europe’s bad habits

13.11.2017, 11:09

EU citizens who responded in the last EU report on corruption are most likely to say they have experienced or witnessed corruption in Lithuania (25 %), Slovakia (21 %) and Poland (16 %). The same report tells us that 99% of companies in Greece, 97% in Spain...

Research fellow holds Trump impeachment unlikely

13.11.2017, 3:42

Even though the Russia investigation promises new details regarding Trump’s inner circle, impeachment seems unlikely, says Hannah Thoburn from the conservative Washington think tank the Hudson Institute.

Joint project reveals fears of Russians in Estonia

10.11.2017, 4:48

It is probably impossible to integrate the Russian community in Estonia by Western standards, with the attitudes of Estonians playing a part in why, researchers at the University of Bergen and Tallinn University find.

RIA: old operating systems could lock ID-cards

09.11.2017, 12:48

The State Information System’s Authority (RIA) says that feedback from the ID-card update process suggests some people are using outdated operating systems that lack necessary security patches and might not support ID-cards with updated certificates. Using...

Ratas invites global IT community to Estonia

09.11.2017, 12:45

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas invited major companies, startups, and investors to see Estonia as a fruitful test environment for new ideas at the Web Summit in Lisbon yesterday.

Nordica promises profit this year

09.11.2017, 12:39

Estonian airline Nordica has had such a successful year that the company is looking at a profit of a few hundred thousand euros this year, instead of a previously projected loss of €6 million. However, the good news comes on the backdrop of frequently...