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The Bermans’ peculiar transactions

21.06.2018, 6:14

Estonians most keen on using tax havens are surely the major owners of shipbuilder BLRT Group, the Berman family. Members have companies run by shadow executives in Malta and Panama, newly leaked documents suggest.

New Panama leak

21.06.2018, 6:07

International investigative journalism group ICIJ published a new data leak from infamous Panamanian law firm and corporate services provider Mossack Fonseca on Wednesday night. Documents were once again made available to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung...

Madise lists shortcomings in unemployment insurance

20.06.2018, 4:50

Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise finds that a discussion to change the unemployment insurance system is necessary as the recent system is outdated and fails to meet the needs of the modern labor market.

Ratas meets with corrupt oligarch in Moldova

20.06.2018, 4:46

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with Vladimir Plahotniuc, considered to be a corrupt oligarch and Moldova’s gray eminence, during his visit to the country the day before yesterday. The PM and his advisors did not perceive a problem in the meeting.

15 000 medieval items uncovered during excavations on Kalamaja plot

19.06.2018, 3:17

Archeologists conducting excavations at a plot in the Kalamaja district of Tallinn have found about 15 000 medieval items so far, representing the biggest number of medieval finds ever uncovered at a single location in Estonia.

A plethora of burials unearthed

19.06.2018, 2:06

Real estate developments and roadworks are revealing previously undiscovered pieces of history.

Kaljurand news delivers SDE ratings boost

18.06.2018, 2:32

As the popularity of the Free Party continues to wane, the Social Democrat Party is on its way to restoring its recent rating, the latest poll ordered by Postimees and BNS and carried out by Kantar Emor reveals.

Soldiers given new resting place

18.06.2018, 2:24

The remains of two soldiers who died fighting in the Estonian War of Independence were reburied at the Krabi Memorial of the Unknown Soldier near the Latvian border the day before yesterday. There is hope it will prove possible to identify one of the men.

Mark Voyger: Russian hybrid warfare can still bring surprises in the future

18.06.2018, 10:12

Mark Voyger, former special advisor to retired Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, former Commanding General of US Army Europe, says in an interview to Georgi Beltadze, that calling hybrid warfare a completely new type of war is a misnomer. We are dealing with the...

EKRE wants Anvelt citizenship explanation

15.06.2018, 1:59

Deputy chair of the Riigikogu faction of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Henn Põlluaas has sent a letter to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, asking whether and how the state plans to check the legality of Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt’s...

Bill to force use of Estonian

15.06.2018, 1:56

MP Tarmo Kruusimäe (Pro Patria) has introduced draft legislation to amend the Language Act by hiking fines for violations tenfold from the current €640 to €6,400.

Reps wants partially Estonian-speaking kindergartens

14.06.2018, 1:49

Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center) unveiled a plan yesterday, according to which all Russian-speaking kindergartens would in the future have a teacher who speaks Estonian to the children.

Port investors make €4 million on IPO

14.06.2018, 1:46

The shares of Port of Tallinn became available for trading yesterday. The ceremonial stock exchange bell was rung in the Tallinn Old Port instead of the offices of Nasdaq Tallinn as is customary.

Pension fund business prospering

13.06.2018, 5:27

A financial services market overview by the Financial Supervision Authority (FI) reveals that the volume of public investment funds, including pensions funds, grew by €679 million or 18 percent to €4.4 billion last year. That would be a pretty figure if...

Ultras, terror, and a sinking stadium

13.06.2018, 5:24

Russia has put a lot of money and other resources toward the FIFA world championship set to kick off in the country tomorrow. Investments are aimed at preventing risks but might paradoxically entail others.

New non-native species of crayfish found

12.06.2018, 1:06

Researchers exploring the biota of the Gulf of Pärnu and Pärnu River were treated to an unpleasant surprise when they found nine specimens of the spinycheek crayfish when examining this spring’s sample traps. Spinycheek crayfish look like the native...

Much ado about a single word

12.06.2018, 1:02

The Reform Party wants to retract the personal data protection act bill, even though it includes a contribution from former justice minister and Reform Party member Rein Lang.

Kasela: Port of Tallinn IPO one of the most expensive in history

11.06.2018, 4:30

Head of listed company PR Foods Indrek Kasela said that the IPO of Port of Tallinn ended up as one of the costliest public offerings in history.

Dream district near Tbilisi

11.06.2018, 4:26

Estonian entrepreneurs Oleg Ossinovski and Marcel Vichmann are constructing a new district for the wealthy on a hill towering over Tbilisi the luxuriousness and western air of which offers stark contrast to the situation and architecture in the capital.

Gov. looking at alcohol war defeat

08.06.2018, 4:18

Head of the Social Democrat Party Jevgeni Ossinovski has been repeating the mantra of the positive effect of alcohol excise duties for years.

Estonia's ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves among those blacklisted by Russia

07.06.2018, 6:52

Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is one of the citizens of Estonia blacklisted by Russia earlier this week in response to the "unfriendly actions" taken by Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which have denied entry to Russian citizens on the...

Stubb: Europe will bounce back

07.06.2018, 12:56

Former Finnish prime minister, Vice President of the European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb, who refers to himself as a European Union geek, sees Brexit and the Trump presidency as consolidating effects for the EU.

No Russophobes on the black list

07.06.2018, 12:49

The list of “Russophobes” banned from entering Russia since yesterday does not include a single Estonian known for anti-Russian statements.

Court closes Savisaar's case due to his illness

05.06.2018, 5:43

The Harju county court decided on Tuesday to close the court case of former leader of the Estonian Center Party and ex-mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar at the request of his defense lawyer Oliver Naas in connection with Savisaar's severe illness.

New pulp mill plan: into the woods and out of sight

05.06.2018, 3:12

If the initial pulp mill location of Vorbuse – at least that was the impression left after months of debates – would have lied right next to Emajõgi and been close to the railroad and highways, the new idea of Est-For Invest’s board members Aadu Polli...

Bear gives nature photographer scare of a lifetime

04.06.2018, 3:26

Hobby photographer Peeter Karask found himself staring down a bear in Lääniste, Tarty County early on Saturday morning.

Social democrats convince Kaljurand to join

04.06.2018, 2:21

The biggest surprise of the politically prolific weekend came from the Social Democrat Party’s (SDE) general assembly held on Saturday, where Marina Kaljurand announced she will be joining the party and taking part in the next two elections. Kaljurand, who...

Estonia cancels security certificates of 11,100 electronic ID-cards

01.06.2018, 6:25

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Friday revoked the security certificates of roughly 11,100 electronic ID-cards with a security flaw, which will be replaced to their owners under warranty if more than three months is left until the card's...

Anvelt’s passport makes state eat words

31.05.2018, 2:06

The case of Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt, who finds himself in the middle of a citizenship dispute, is a vivid demonstration of trouble his officials are having when it comes to interpreting history.

Eesti Energia to buy Nelja Energia

30.05.2018, 5:16

Acquiring renewable energy company Nelja Energia will make Eesti Energia subsidiary Enefit Green suitable for listing which is what CEO of Eesti Energia Hando Sutter says will probably await the company in the future.

More than 100 hectares burning at Defense Forces polygon

29.05.2018, 5:50

A prolonged heatwave has created a serious fire hazard in Estonian woods, and even the slightest imprudence could lead to unfortunate consequences, as recently happened at the Defense Forces’ central polygon last Friday.

State to legalize controlled burns

29.05.2018, 5:48

Uncontrollable wildfires, like the one raging at the Defense Forces’ central polygon right now, could be contained in the future upon entry into force of an amendment to give the Defense Forces, Defense League, and state forest manager RMK the right to set...

Free international education in jeopardy

29.05.2018, 5:47

Heads of municipal schools are troubled over government deliberations on how to finance international education in Estonian schools.

Health insurance fund has made hurried decisions

28.05.2018, 6:52

Even though Estonia still has more hospitals than recommended by Swedish experts in 2000, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Affairs Maris Jesse finds the Estonian Health Insurance Fund has made several hurried decisions in trying to limit...

Orthodox faithful to pick new leader

28.05.2018, 6:47

The Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (MPEÕK) is set to elect a new metropolitan tomorrow. The synod will have to choose between the Bishop of Narva and Prichudye Lazar (Aleksandr Gurkin, 49) and Rector of the Moscow Spiritual Academy and...

How Ukraine sees Kersti Kaljulaid’s visit?

25.05.2018, 4:17

Ukraine welcomed Estonia’s president with blue, black, and white flags, blue skies, and warm weather. That said, Kersti Kaljulaid has not been as prominent in the Ukrainian media as she could be.

Unbelievable 13 billion euros

25.05.2018, 4:11

The yearbook of the Central Criminal Police’s money laundering information bureau (RAB), to be published today, reveals the full extent of the dirty secret of Estonian banking: the agency estimates that 13 billion euros – more than the entire Estonian...

Examination assesses Edgar Savisaar as healthy enough to appear in court

25.05.2018, 2:48

An expert's report from the Estonian Forensic Science Institute concerning the health condition of former mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar that reached the court on Thursday assessed Savisaar healthy enough to appear in court.

Elderly woman suspected of killing another elderly woman

25.05.2018, 12:40

The Estonian police in Parnu County on Thursday detained an 84-year-old woman who is suspected of killing another elderly woman.

Reps would abolish final exams in basic school

24.05.2018, 5:29

Basic school final examinations should be abolished as they say little in terms of the student’s level of knowledge, finds Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center). The minister wants to allow schools to decide the conditions on which students...

Predators cause record damage

24.05.2018, 5:23

Stock farmers and beekeepers will be compensated for damages stretching into a quarter of a million euros caused by Estonia’s largest predators – wolves and bears – this year.

Toom says ethics code part of deal with Ratas

23.05.2018, 4:35

MEP and Center Party board member Yana Toom, who presented her ethics code to the board yesterday, wants to draw attention to improving political culture. The ethics code is part of a deal she made with PM Jüri Ratas.

Family doctor’s patient ends up on operating table

23.05.2018, 4:32

A client of the Telliskivi family medicine center in Tallinn lost a kidney as her pro-homeopathy doctor failed to treat a chronic case of inflammation of the bladder with alternative methods over several years. When the young woman finally got to see a...

The golden age of transit is gone for good

22.05.2018, 10:47

State company EVR Cargo should be shut down as it is killing off private competitors, finds owner of rolling stock company Skinest Rail, Oleg Ossinovski. The experienced businessman is also critical of technical solutions of the Rail Baltic project.

New ID-card fault could have been intentional

18.05.2018, 1:20

Manufacturer of Estonian ID-cards Gemalto ignored security requirements, find experts who proved the latest security fault. To avoid long queues, machines were programmed to generate ID-card encryption keys in a less secure way. The manufacturer denies...

Estonia 200 given credit of trust

17.05.2018, 3:33

Pollster Kantar Emor included the Estonia 200 political movement in its May party popularity poll ordered by Postimees and BNS. The credit of trust the movement was given clearly shows room for a new political force in Estonia.

ATM explosion points to professionals

17.05.2018, 3:29

Detectives investigating the blown-up ATM in Aravete are looking at the worst possible scenario: a gang of specialists for whom Aravete was the first success after several failed attempts.

Estonia replacing 12,500 unsecure ID-cards for free

17.05.2018, 3:22

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board is about to cancel from June 1 the security certificates of approximately 12,500 electronic ID-cards in which a security flaw has been discovered, and will replace the cards free of charge.

Pictures: person dies in car that drove off cliff near Paldiski

17.05.2018, 3:18

A car was spotted in the sea off the Pakri limestone bank not far from the town of Paldiski in northwestern   Estonia late on Wednesday afternoon and rescuers have found a dead body in the driver's seat.

Lehis: VEB Fund saga should not be forgotten

16.05.2018, 4:45

Tax experts Lasse Lehis, who put together a legal analysis of the VEB Fund saga, finds that the state has misused the legal system in its favor in the fund’s case. The Riigikogu will discuss “the problem of the state’s responsibility in the VEB Fund...