Current MEP Prevails Over National Security Agency in Defamation Case

The Internal Security Service, Estonia’s counterintelligence agency, will have to delete a passage in its 2011 yearbook accusing Center Party politician and current MEP Yana Toom of pressuring schools to lobby against the change over to Estonian as the language of instruction, after the Supreme Court passed on the chance to hear the case.

The Supreme Court late last week declined to review the decision from April in which an appeals court ruled that ISS has the right to collect information about Toom, but not publish it. The decision, which now cannot be appealed further, does not mean ISS must re-evaluate its conclusions, but must keep the text unpublished.

The court stopped short of requiring printed copies of the yearbook from being removed from libraries and other institutions.

The ISS yearbook in question is the one published in April 2012. The book discusses claimed attempts by the Russian Federation to work against the transition to Estonian as the language of instruction in 60 percent of upper secondary schools, and named several officials, such as Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kõvart and Center Party MP Mihhail Stalnuhhin, then chairman of Narva City Council. The latter two have also sued on various grounds.

News.err.ee 10/13/2014

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  1. This must be a joke. There is NO ethnic Estonian who would sesiluroy say something like this and fly a hammer-and-sickle flag, any more than a Jew would fly a swastika flag.But, this is a joke over a very serious issue. Narva in northeastern Estonia is 95% Russian, and could easily play the role of ‘Baltic South Ossetia’, if Russia smuggled in some agitators to start trouble and provoke a response [the Estonian response being immediately declared by the KGB-overlords in Moscow to be “Estonian aggression against Russians(tm)”], faked some Estonian ‘crimes’, etc. And if they were in a stronger geopolitical position, Russia could intervene and simply take over all of Latvia and Estonia today, ostensibly to protect the “rights of the millions of Russians in the Baltic”. Estonia’s capital and only major metropolis, Tallinn, is only barely 55% Estonian, the rest being the remnants of Russian colonists 1950-1990. Latvia is even worse, with its three largest cities all being majority-Russian. The Russians before 1950 killed or caused the deaths [e.g. in the gulags] of something like 15% of Estonian and Latvian people, including murdering outright their entire governments in 1940. Post-1950, the deportations and political murders dropped off, and the Russians began to introduce a “flood them with foreigners and debase their culture” policy to crush those nations. [Does that remind anyone of what has happened to Western Europe in the same period?!?]. First, large numbers of Russians and other Soviet peoples were resettled in the Baltic, while Moscow tried culturally ‘russify’ the Balts themselves (In the 1950s-1980s, the Russians promoted the idea that “the Estonian language is dying”, and you will not find an Estonian born before 1970 who is not fluent in Russian…For post-1975-born Estonians it is all English, of course…). Eventually, the Russians reasoned, by means of the cultural russification and the presence of such huge numbers of Russians, the Estonian and Latvian nations would simply die, and the rich lands and coasts thereof would become as Russian as the Moscow region.Latvia and Estonia in 1991 were faced with a problem FAR worse than any of the Western-European countries today, as regards the ‘National Question’. They were looking at nominal independence, but populations which were 40%+ Russian-speaking Orthodox. After independence, they stripped citizenship from all these post-1950 colonists, and some have moved back. But both states still have a huge domestic problem of their now-30%+ Russophone populations, which have high levels of criminality, alcoholism, drug-addiction, unemployment, prostitution; and are angry and nationalistic. The Russian media sticks up for their coethnics, and spews hatred against Latvia and Estonia the likes of which is hardly believable. “How dare they resist the death of their nations! How dare they resist full russification!”.The long story short: The Baltic states are in real danger. But more importantly, to understand the Baltic situation is to understand how Russia really feels about western nationalists (the Balts having always been westward-looking, are non-Slavic, and are Lutherans…they are on par with the Finns).

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