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14 August, 2021


 EstoNews will be on break for the rest of August. Will return in September. 


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COVID in the Baltics 

- 282 in Estonia ⬆️ (258 last week)

- 127 in Latvia ⬆️ (70 last week)

- 548 in Lithuania ⬆️ (218 last week)

(BNN)

https://bnn-news.com/latest-covid-19-cases-in-baltics-127-in-latvia-548-in-lithuania-282-in-estonia-227354



“Koroonaviiruse andmestik.” - Eesti Terviseamet


“Estonia will not achieve herd immunity this year.” - ERR


“Soomes tuvastati ööpĂ€evaga 765 koroonajuhtu.” - ERR


“Estonia declares state of emergency in healthcare over increasing Covid-19 cases.” - BNN


“Quarantine obligation to become simpler for school students in Estonia.” - Baltic Times


“Estonian employers to have right to require COVID-19 certificate from employees.” - Baltic Times




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- Friday 13. August 2021




Intervjuu: Marju Lauristin

(Postimees)

“Teadlane, Ă”ppejĂ”ud ja poliitik Marju Lauristin ĂŒtleb 30 aastat hiljem, et ta ei tundnud hirmu, kui 1991. aasta augustis Toompeal Eesti taasiseseisvumise otsust kirjutas, sest tal polnud oma kohust tĂ€ites selleks aega.”

https://www.postimees.ee/7314946/marju-lauristin-tahtsin-isa-sonad-vastupidi-poorata




Eesti paneb migrantidele vastu veristava lÔiketraadiga piiritara

(Postimees)

“Mullu suvel Eesti kagupiiril alanud viivitusaia, juurdepÀÀsu- ja patrullteede ning muu, sissetungijate tabamiseks hĂ€davajaliku taristu ehitus on jĂ”udnud nii kaugele, et esimene veerandsada kilomeetrit Eesti ja Venemaa piiri lĂ”unapoolsemast osast on saamas migrandikindlamaks kui eales varem.”

https://leht.postimees.ee/7314639/eesti-paneb-migrantidele-vastu-veristava-loiketraadiga-piiritara#_ga=2.57822063.410344593.1628808528-1783563684.1626281127



“LĂ€ti videod nĂ€itavad Valgevene jĂ”uvĂ”tteid migrantide ĂŒle piiri surumises.” - ERR




Iga maalappi himustab mÔni tööstur, aga mis kasu inimesed sellest saavad?

(Postimees)

“EttevĂ”tjad plaanivad rajada tselluloosi- ja pĂ”levkiviĂ”litehase, tuumajaama ja uued pĂ”levkivikaevandused just Virumaale, viidates kohalike töötute pÀÀstmisele kĂ”rgepalgaliste töökohtadega. Lisaks tehakse fosforiidiuuringuid – kas Virumaal kĂ€ib vinge innovatsioon vĂ”i kĂ”lab hĂŒĂŒatus «KĂ€ed ĂŒles, Virumaa!»?”

https://www.postimees.ee/7315250/iga-maalappi-himustab-moni-toostur-aga-mis-kasu-inimesed-sellest-saavad




Baltic-Russian Borders Today

A Reversal of Fortune from the First Cold War

By Paul Goble

“… the east-west divide remains real and that these borders are now increasingly obviously ‘borders between two worlds’ and thus reifying a division many thought had been overcome for all time. In recent days, there has been some progress in restricting the illegal flow of immigrants from the Middle East via Belarus into Lithuania, but the danger that dictators like Alyaksandr Lukashenka may try to use this weapon just as Moscow has tried to do with migrants into Western Europe mean that more tightly controlled borders are likely to again be the norm.” 

http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/08/baltic-russian-borders-today-reversal.html




Nausėda andis Leedu sĂ”javĂ€ele erivolitused

(Postimees)

“Leedu valitsus kĂŒsis tĂ€iendavate Ă”iguste tagamist sĂ”javĂ€ele riigipealt eile. Nii tekib sĂ”javĂ€el vĂ”imalus Valgevene piiri lĂ€heduses patrullida ja anda tĂ€itmisele kuuluvaid korraldusi, ning kui neid ei tĂ€ideta, siis ka inimesi jĂ€litada ja vahistada.

Samuti saab sĂ”javĂ€gi Ă”iguse peatada autosid ja neid lĂ€bi otsida, kasutades selleks vajadusel erivarustust. Parlament vĂ”ttis hiljuti vastu muudatused, mis vĂ”imaldavad sĂ”javĂ€eĂŒksusi eriolukorra puhul kasutada ja neile tĂ€iendavaid pĂ€devusi anda, et vĂ€ltida tĂ”sist ohtu ĂŒhiskonnale.”

https://maailm.postimees.ee/7314767/nauseda-andis-leedu-sojavaele-erivolitused#_ga=2.154821629.410344593.1628808528-1783563684.1626281127


Lithuania border security camera - note the people by the fence.
Belarus security guards are on the right.  
Source: Marko Mihkelson, Riigikogu foreign affairs



“Estonia supports Lithuania in migrant crisis emergency powers order.” - ERR


“Estonian minister: We have common vision with Latvia, Lithuania regarding funding for border.” - Baltic Times


“Politically managed illegal migration must be stopped, says Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets.” - Baltic Times




26 people detained during night time riots in Vilnius, 10 officers injured

(Delfi)

“Some 5,000 people gathered outside the parliament building earlier on Tuesday to protest against the government's plans to impose restrictions for people without coronavirus immunity or negative test results. … Eighteen officers – 12 police officers and six officers of the Public Security Service (VST) – were injured as a protest outside the parliament building in Vilnius turned violent on Tuesday night. Eight vehicles were damaged during the unrest outside the parliament.”

“Riot police eventually dispersed the crowd of protesters at around 2 a.m. as people refused to leave, using shields and teargas.”

https://www.delfi.lt/en/politics/prosecutors-seek-arrest-warrants-for-26-suspects-in-riot-case.d?id=87932859

https://www.delfi.lt/en/politics/26-people-detained-during-riots-in-vilnius-10-officers-injured.d?id=87922693



“Tuesday night riot at the Lithuanian parliament: organized and coordinated.” - Delfi


“Several thousand people protest outside Lithuanian parlt over new COVID-19 restrictions.” - Baltic Times


“President’s advisor: protests and riots are two different things.” - Delfi




The Week In Russia: The Dangerous Summer 

By Steve Gutterman, RFERL

https://www.rferl.org/a/week-in-russia-gutterman/31408471.html




Afghanistan’s crisis will be Europe’s too

(Politico-Europe)

“Europeans have to realize a new refugee wave now seems inevitable. And though Afghan refugees have been leaving the country in large numbers since even before 2015, this time they will have no other choice.”

https://www.politico.eu/article/afghanistan-crisis-war-taliban-europe-problem/







- Thursday 12. August 2021




Metsatulekahjud sagenevad Eestiski

(Novaator)

“Eestis pĂ”hjustab tulekahjusid peamiselt inimene. Suurim tuleoht on riigi loodeosas, kus kuivades kasvukohatĂŒĂŒpides kasvavad suurel pindalal puhtmĂ€nnikud. Mere lĂ€heduse tĂ”ttu on seal ka rohkem tuult kui sisemaal. Tuul kuivatab metsaökosĂŒsteemi, liikuv Ă”humass kannab niiskust minema, taimede aurumine suureneb ja taimestik muutub kuivemaks.”

https://novaator.err.ee/1608303021/metsatulekahjud-sagenevad-eestiski



“Kreekas ja Venemaal möllavad metsatulekahjud.” - ERR


“Greece, Turkey and Italy have borne the brunt of wildfires.” - Guardian




Smoke from Siberia wildfires reaches north pole 

(The Guardian)

“Devastating wildfires have ripped across Siberia with increasing regularity over the past few years, which Russia’s weather officials and environmentalists have linked to climate change and an underfunded forest service. … One of Siberia’s hardest-hit regions this year has been Yakutia – Russia’s largest and coldest region that sits atop permafrost – which has had record high temperatures and drought.”

“… the US space agency NASA said its satellite images showed wildfire smoke travelling more than 3,000km (1,800 miles) from Yakutia to reach the north pole, calling it “a first in recorded history”. It added that on 6 August most of Russia was covered in smoke.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/09/smoke-siberia-wildfires-reaches-north-pole-historic-first?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other



“Fighting Siberia’s wildfires - photos.” - The Guardian


“Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying." - EUReporter


“Wildfire smoke in Siberia causes ‘stay at home’ instruction.” - The Guardian


“The fires, which started in May in Yakutia, are now larger than all wildfires around the planet combined.” - The Daily Beast


“The Volunteer Army Battling Siberia's Record-Breaking Wildfires.” - RFERL




Suri Eesti NSV poliitik Vladimir Lebedev

(ERR | Postimees)

https://www.err.ee/1608305397/suri-eesti-nsv-poliitik-vladimir-lebedev

https://www.postimees.ee/7314269/suri-ensv-poliitik-ja-interrinde-uks-juhte-vladimir-lebedev




Kas PĂ€ts ja Laidoner kĂŒĂŒditati?

(Sirp)

“Eesti Vabariigi kunagistest riigipeadest vahistati esimesel okupatsiooniaastal kaheksa inimest kĂŒmnest. Nad kas mĂ”rvati vĂ”i surid vangistuses. Imelikul kombel pÀÀses PĂ€ts.”

https://sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c9-sotsiaalia/kas-pats-ja-laidoner-kuuditati/



“Priit Uring: Were PĂ€ts and Laidoner deported?” - ERR




Presidendilossi pÀÀsla ja roosiaed saavad uue ilme

(ERR)

“LĂ€hiaastatel renoveeritakse ka presidendiloss ning remondi ajaks kolitakse seal töötavad kantselei ja president mujale. Kuhu, ei ole praegu veel selge, öeldi presidendi kantseleist. Presidendi kantselei ehitusprojekt peab valmima jaanuaris 2023 ja ehitustööd on kavandatud lĂ”petada 2024. aastal, öeldi ERR-ile presidendi kantseleist.”

https://www.err.ee/1608305094/presidendilossi-paasla-ja-roosiaed-saavad-uue-ilme



“PPA: Kadriorg need not be cordoned off to pedestrians.” - ERR




Opinion: Taking security for granted? NATO and the Baltic states

By Tony Lawrence, ERR

“After a long period focusing mostly on expeditionary warfare, NATO is relearning old skills related to deterrence and collective defense and learning how to apply these in new strategic circumstances.”

https://news.err.ee/1608305328/taking-security-for-granted-nato-and-the-baltic-states



“Eesti kagupiiri ehitus on tĂ€ies hoos.” - Delfi


“National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with PM Kaja Kallas.” - White House Briefing


“Estonia expects to receive a shipment of new naval mines by the end of 2021.” - Shephard Media




Three-month state of emergency declared at Latvia-Belarus border

(Latvian Broadcasting - 3 stories)

“The state of emergency designation sounds dramatic but is essentially technical, allowing faster decision-making and spending to address the situation than would normally be the case.”

https://eng.lsm.lv/article/society/society/three-month-state-of-emergency-declared-at-latvia-belarus-border.a416329/

https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/saeima/saeima-approves-state-of-emergency-at-latvia-belarus-border.a416682/

https://eng.lsm.lv/article/society/defense/56-people-stopped-from-crossing-latvia-belarus-border-overnight.a416515/




Special permits will not be issued on Latvian-Belarusian border for the duration of state of emergency

(BNN)

“… there is a 2 km wide border area along Latvia’s land border. To stay within this area, which runs along Latvian, Russian and Belarusian border, people aged 15 or old are required to have a special permit.”

https://bnn-news.com/special-permits-will-not-be-issued-on-latvian-belarusian-border-for-the-duration-of-state-of-emergency-227327



“Some migrants were afraid of the Belarusian border guard.” - Postimees







- Wednesday 11. August 2021




Estonian Presidential Candidate Suggests ‘Finlandization’ For Estonia

(UpNorth)

“Self-declared candidate for the upcoming Estonian Presidential election, Tarmo Soomere … is quoted about his vision for Estonia’s foreign policy, in which he praises Finland’s approach to its relations with Russia – which is commonly referred to as ‘Finlandization’. Soomere continued by suggesting that “maybe I’m an idealist, but I think that the director of KAPO [Estonian Internal Security Service] has to call the director of the FSB [Russian security service] once a year.”

https://upnorth.eu/estonian-presidential-candidate-suggests-finlandization-for-estonia/




Estonia considers biometrics to replace SIM-card based mobile ID

(Biometric Update)

“The previous technology was acquired 10 years ago, at some time it is important to see what’s happening in the market and whether there are more modern, newer, second technology solutions.”

https://www.biometricupdate.com/202108/estonia-considers-biometrics-new-provider-to-replace-sim-card-based-mobile-id




Polish parliament passes controversial new media ownership bill

(The Guardian)

“… that could lead to the country’s largest remaining independent TV station losing its licence, but at the cost of several key votes that put the government’s longterm future in doubt. After a night of protests in Warsaw and 80 other towns and cities against the bill, which opponents see as an attempt to silence an often critical broadcaster, the law passed on Wednesday by 228 votes to 216 in the 460-seat lower house.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/11/poland-coalition-under-threat-as-parliament-votes-on-controversial-media-bill?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other







- Tuesday 10. August 2021



Migrant situation quiet on Estonia-Latvia border say authorities

(ERR)

“… the influx of migrants from Belarus into Lithuania, and also Latvia, is no cause for concern in Estonia at present.”

“Over 4,000 people have crossed the border illegally from Belarus into Lithuania since mid-summer, in a development referred to by Estonia's leaders as hybrid warfare on the part of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. … Crossings into Latvia have recently surged, with nearly 30 apprehended in one day.”

https://news.err.ee/1608303279/authorities-migrant-situation-quiet-on-estonia-latvia-border



“Police officers on Estonian-Latvian border say there is no reason for panic.” - Baltic Times


“Turkmen national who swam Narva River to enter Estonia sent back to Russia.” - ERR




Art installation in Tallinn pays tribute to Belarus’ political prisoners

(Calvert Journal)

“Artists and activists have filled Tallinn’s Freedom Square with hundreds of empty chairs to symbolise the 605 Belarusian political prisoners arrested in the last year as part of the country’s pro-democracy movement. The installation was unveiled on 9 August, 12 months after Belarus’ presidential election sparked anti-government protests across the country. The demonstrations unleashed an unprecedented wave of police brutality, with thousands of people beaten and jailed by the authorities. Each of the white plastic chairs were marked with a name tag to commemorate an individual political prisoner, as well as a number recording how long they had spent in prison.”

https://www.calvertjournal.com/articles/show/13018/belarus-protests-political-prisoners-one-year-on




1,000-year-old remains in Finland may be non-binary iron age leader

(The Guardian)

“According to a peer-reviewed study in the European Journal of Archaeology, DNA analysis of remains in a late iron age grave at Suontaka VesitorninmĂ€ki in Hattula, southern Finland, may have belonged to a high-status non-binary person. First discovered in 1968 during building work, the grave contained jewellery in the form of oval brooches as well as fragments of woollen clothing suggesting the dead person was dressed in “a typical feminine costume of the era”, the researchers said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/09/1000-year-old-remains-in-finland-may-be-non-binary-viking-researchers-say?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other




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06 August, 2021

 


Kuidas valitakse Eestile president?

(Postimees video)

“Eesti presidendivalimised vĂ”ivad esmalt tunduda ÀÀrmiselt keerulised. Tegelikult saadab sĂŒsteemi lihtne loogika. Ajakirjanik Sander PunamĂ€e selgitab.”

https://www.postimees.ee/7310052/kuidas-valitakse-eestile-president




Arvamus: Praegune presidendi valimise sĂŒsteem vajab muutmist

(Novaator)

“Eesti praeguse presidendivalimiste sĂŒsteemiga kaasnevad ebakindlus ja mÀÀramatus, mis vĂ”ivad vĂ€hendada valimiste legitiimsust, kahandada sobivate isikute soovi kandideerida ning vÔÔrandada kodanikke poliitikast. KokkuvĂ”ttes tĂ€hendab see, et Eesti praegune presidendivalimiste sĂŒsteem vajab muutmist, kirjutab Tartu Ülikooli vĂ”rdleva poliitika kaasprofessor Piret Ehin.”

https://novaator.err.ee/1608294033/piret-ehin-praegune-presidendi-valimise-susteem-vajab-muutmist



“An Estonian president will be elected on August 30, Center Party Riigikogu group chair Jaanus Karilaid says.” - ERR



“Presidentivalimised 2021.”

https://www.postimees.ee/section/5438




COVID in the Baltics 


- 258 in Estonia ⬆️ (222 last week)

- 70 in Latvia ⬆️ (67 last week)

- 218 in Lithuania ⬇️ (380 last week)

(BNN)

https://bnn-news.com/latest-covid-19-cases-in-baltics-70-in-latvia-218-in-lithuania-258-in-estonia-227148



“Koroonaviiruse andmestik.” - Eesti Terviseamet


“What’s the true COVID death toll in Europe?” - Euronews


“Estonia tightens Covid entry rules for arrivals from Finland.” - Yle


“Survey: People of Estonia not in favor of vaccination being mandatory at workplaces.” - Baltic Times


“Neljas paigas Eestis on vaktsineeritud vaevu kolmandik elanikest.” - Delfi


“Half of Tartu’s teenagers 12 to 17 have already received their first vaccine shot.” - AP






— Friday 6. August —



Jaapanlased tervitasid president Kaljulaidi Eesti hĂŒmniga

(Postimees)

“Jaapanis Saku linna kĂŒlastades sai president tĂ”elise ĂŒllatuse osaliseks - kohalik koor laulis kaunis eesti keeles Eesti hĂŒmni.”

https://sobranna.postimees.ee/7310145/jaapanlased-tervitasid-president-kaljulaidi-eesti-humniga#_ga=2.18272441.1016053707.1628272530-1783563684.1626281127




Expelled Estonian consul vilified via a FSB-produced propaganda video

(The Barents Observer)

“A well-orchestrated video, given by FSB to Russian media, allegedly shows Consul LĂ€tte entering the building of St. Petersburg State Polytechnic Institute where he meets a Russian citizen to discuss Arctic materials. Upon leaving the building, several FSB officers approach the diplomat and detained him under suspicion of violating Russia’s national security.”

The Foreign Ministry in Tallinn said in a statement to Estonian media that: “The film depicting Mart LĂ€tte is a masterful production that clearly does not present the diplomat’s work in an objective manner.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic/2021/08/expelled-estonian-consul-supposedly-showed-interest-russias-arctic-plans




Video shows Belarusian border guards clad in riot gear pushing migrants toward Lithuania

(LRT)

“Why are we standing? Go on, that way,” says an uniformed Belarusian officer …”

https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1464149/video-shows-migrants-stuck-on-belarusian-lithuanian-border



“Belarus (reportedly) use gunshots to force migrants over the border.” - LRT





Valgevene takistab migrantide naasmist Leedu piirilt

(Postimees)

“Valgevene teatel patrullivad Leedu piiri nĂŒĂŒd taktikalised ĂŒksused, et takistada migrantidel tagasi Valgevenesse pÀÀseda.”

https://maailm.postimees.ee/7310174/valgevene-takistab-migrantide-naasmist-leedu-piirilt#_ga=2.25622717.1016053707.1628272530-1783563684.1626281127




Estonia is prepared for possible migration pressure on it’s borders

(ERR)

“Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) has prepared three separate action plans that will be implemented based on the level of crisis on the border.”

"We today have the opportunity to prepare for possible scenarios thanks to what has happened on the border of Lithuania and Belarus for a long time. The PPA, along with multiple partners, has drawn up an emergency plan, which concerns a possible mass influx of people illegally entering Estonia's borders.” - Interior Minister Kristian Jaani

“The border line of southeast Estonia is mostly cleaned of bushes, Estonian border poles have been placed and construction has been ongoing for about a year. A surveillance system will also be implemented on the new border, border guards will also be on guard to react to any possible situations.”

https://news.err.ee/1608297624/ministers-estonia-prepared-for-possible-migration-pressure-on-borders



“Use of force is authorized when defending Estonian border.” - ERR


“Baltic PMs: Protection of Schengen border Europe's shared responsibility.” - Baltic Times


“28 Iraqi nationals detained crossing Latvia-Belarus border in past few days.” - Latvian Broadcasting


“Isamaa MP to premier: Rapid action needed on Lithuania migrant crisis.” - ERR


“Baltic Prime Ministers condemn Lukashenko's ‘hybrid attack on the EU’.” - Latvian Broadcasting




Nation in Chains: Belarus One Year On

(CEPA)

“Although the streets of Minsk are quiet today and people appear to behave in a usual way, it is the peace of the prison cell. Life is far from normal. The persecution of Belarusians who flooded the streets to protest against the stolen presidential election of August 9, 2020, and the brutality of the security services continues. …”

https://cepa.org/a-nation-in-chains-belarus-one-year-on/




Russian and Belarusian Forces Prep for Major Military Exercise Zapad-2021

(ISW)

“The Kremlin will likely leverage Zapad-2021 to further integrate the Belarusian military into Russian-dominated command structures. The Kremlin may take advantage of Zapad-2021 to permanently deploy Russian forces in Belarus by claiming they are in Belarus for exercises and not withdrawing them. The Kremlin has nonetheless deployed forces to Belarus on a rotating basis since September 2020 and will likely pressure Lukashenko to accept further Russian deployments.”

http://www.iswresearch.org/2021/08/russia-in-review-july-21-august-3-2021.html



“Belarus to Gather 12,800 Troops for Zapad-2021 War Games With Russia.” - Bloomberg


“Zapad 2021: Implications for Defense & Military Mobility in Europe.” - CEPA video; panel discussion


“As Russian Military Prepares for Zapad 2021, Heavy Armed Forces Stay Close to Ukraine.” - Jamestown Org.







— Thursday 5. August —



Riho Terras: NATO’s Article 4 should be invoked against Belarus’ hybrid war

(Baltic Times)

“Estonian MEP and former commander of the Estonian defense forces Riho Terras said that the best way for Lithuania to cope with the current crisis would be to invoke Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, and that such a proposal should definitely also be supported by Estonia.”

"There is a hybrid war underway on the Lithuanian border. It is a consistent attack through which the pressure on the Lithuanian state is gradually growing with each refugee flown in by Belarus from the Middle East and sent over the border. Involving NATO is the only right course of action here," Terras said.”

https://www.baltictimes.com/estonian_mep__nato_article_4_should_be_invoked_against_belarus/

https://www.baltictimes.com/estonian_mep_to_govt__time_to_sound_the_alarm/



“Lithuania says Afghan refugees have begun arriving into the country via Belarus.” - Euronews


“Poland says Belarus lets migrants cross border in 'hybrid war' with EU.” - Reuters


“EU summons Belarus envoy over 'instrumentalization' of migrants.” - DW


“Why are so many migrants coming to one of Europe’s smallest countries? Blame Belarus.” - Washington Post


“Belarus migrant arrivals could reach 10,000 in weeks, warns Lithuania.” - Politico-Europe




Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya decided to defect on way to airport over safety fears

(Reuters | Meduza)

“… her grandmother told her that it was not safe to return home to Belarus. … her family feared she would be sent to a psychiatric ward if she went back to Belarus.”

”Grandmother called me when they were already driving me to the airport," the athlete said. "Literally, I had some 10 seconds. She called me, all that she told me was: 'Please do not come back to Belarus, it's not safe'."

“Poland, which has long been critical of Lukashenko's authoritarian rule and harboured many activists from Belarus, has granted Tsimanouskaya and her husband humanitarian visas. Her grandmother remains back home.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/exclusive-belarusian-sprinter-decided-defect-way-airport-family-fears-about-2021-08-05/

https://meduza.io/en/news/2021/08/04/plane-carrying-belarusian-sprinter-krystsina-tsimanouskaya-lands-in-vienna



“Belarus Olympic sprinter used Google translate to convey her plea to Japanese police at the Tokyo airport.” - CBC


“Belarusian sprinter to be reunited with husband in Poland.” - Reuters


“IOC strips two Belarus Olympic coaches of accreditation over Tsimanouskaya scandal.” - The Guardian


“In Belarus, sport is now a battleground for reprisals by Lukashenko.” - Amnesty International


“Nothing in Belarus is outside politics.” - The Guardian




Vitaly Shishov, head of Belarusian exile group, found dead in Ukrainian capital

(CNN)

“Vitaly Shishov, the head of the Kiev-based Belarusian House in Ukraine (BDU) organization, was reported missing by his partner on Monday after going for a run, police said. By Tuesday morning, the activist was found hanged in a forested area of a park near his Kiev home. … [Reportedly Vitaly was under surveillance.] The BDU helps fleeing and exiled Belarusians find accommodation, jobs and legal advice in Ukraine.”

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/08/03/europe/belarus-house-leader-dead-ukraine-intl-hnk/index.html



“Ukraine investigating Belarusian activist's death as possible murder.” - DW


“Ukraine boosts security for Belarus dissidents after Kyiv death.” - DW




The Belarusian Diaspora Is Terrified as Lukashenko’s Killings Spiral

By Natalia Antonova, Foreign Policy

“The message being received by members of the Belarusian diaspora in the United States is that it doesn’t matter where they are—the state can find them. Not a single one of them whom I contacted wanted to go on the record about how these messages are spreading. What I do know is that people have been hastily deleting their social media profiles. A few have switched to using P.O. boxes for mail in the hope that it will keep them safe. Others are no longer using their obviously Belarusian last names online.”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/04/belarus-diaspora-lukashenko-killings/








— Wednesday 4. August —



Rail Baltica faces uncertain future as Polish, Estonian concerns persist

(Emerging Europe)

“Rail Baltica is as controversial in Estonia as High Speed Two (HS2) in the UK,” Priit Humal, board member of the civil movement Avalikult Rail Balticust (Publicly About Rail Baltica), tells Emerging Europe. “The major difference is the GDP differential between the two countries. Rail Baltica is three times more expensive for Estonia than HS2 is for the UK.”

“… some of the concerns include opposition to plans to build new railroad tracks rather than updating existing ones, as well as the chosen route. “Rail Baltica’s planned route is parallel to an existing railway and located in the most sparsely populated area of the country,” says Humal.”

https://emerging-europe.com/news/rail-baltica-faces-uncertain-future-as-polish-estonian-concerns-persist/




The Top U.S. Olympic Decathlete’s Training Aid? Estonians

(Wall Street Journal)

“That Estonian-American decathlon group we have in Athens (Ga.), it definitely has helped me become a better athlete, a better person and just, it’s boosted my work ethic,” (Garrett) Scantling said. “And I think that’s what I needed to get over the hump.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/olympics-decathletes-training-aid-estonians-11627902293




“Minu Setomaa” autor Annela Laaneots rÀÀgib salakeelest

(Postimees)

“Laaneots on just see Ă”ige inimene meile seto keelest kĂ”nelema.”

https://raamatud.postimees.ee/7304773/minu-setomaa-autor-annela-laaneots-raagib-salakeelest-mida-on-tegelikult-usna-lihtne-ara-oppida#_ga=2.244576965.1133501884.1627577434-1783563684.1626281127




“The Glass Wall” by Max Egremont

Book review, by The Financial Times

“A restlessly enquiring guide, Egremont interviews Latvian and Estonian businessmen, academics and editors, as well as elderly survivors of Hitler’s war against Riga’s Jewry. He travels to Russian Old Believer territory on the shores of Lake Peipsi near the Estonian university town of Tartu. And he considers the life of the American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, who was born in 1903 as Marcus Rothkowitz in the Tsarist back-of-beyond of Dvinsk (today Daugavpils in Latvia). With rare narrative, Egremont offers an elegy for a forgotten land, where east meets west and the winters never end.”

https://www.ft.com/content/3e77631e-af66-4ce8-92a5-691a71b39621


On Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Glass-Wall-Lives-Baltic-Frontier/dp/1509845453/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=







— Russia —



Kremlin Propaganda: “Glorification of Nazi collaborators is routine in Estonia

(Kremlin-friendly TASS)

“… deputy director of the Russian foreign ministry’s information and press department, Alexander Bikantov, said in a statement on Tuesday.”

https://tass.com/politics/1322323




Putin Likely to Target Historians Next

By Paul Goble

“Vladimir Putin’s decision to put former culture minister Vladimir Medinsky in charge of a commission consisting of security service officers to enforce a common view of Russian history strongly suggests that the Kremlin will be expanding its repressive moves from activists and journalists to professional historians, Kirill Martynov (political editor of Novaya gazeta) says.”

http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/08/medinsky-appointment-signals-putin.html



“Kremlin Could Use Belarus as Bridge to Europe but Fears Taking the Risk.” - Window on Eurasia




Climate Change Creates New Challenges for Russian Firefighters

(Spiegel)

“Russia's president once declared that climate change is caused by "invisible changes in the galaxy." Now, large parts of Yakutia in Siberia are on fire. The permafrost is threatened and the government response has been inadequate.”

https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/climate-change-creates-new-challenges-for-russian-firefighters-a-5a0145a6-bffa-46c4-bd74-e537bc84494d



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