Three pro-Russian politicians detained in Estonia

12 March, 04:13 PM
Flag of Estonia (Photo:Ville Säävuori/

Flag of Estonia (Photo:Ville Säävuori/

The Estonian Internal Security Service has detained three pro-Kremlin politicians on early suspicion of forming an anti-Estonia association, the Estonian news agency ERR said on March 10.

Aivo Peterson, one of the leaders of the KOOS movement, is among those detained. ERR wrote earlier that he visited the Russian-occupied Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Mariupol just before the parliamentary elections in Estonia held on March 5.

Peterson posted on social media about the might of the Russian army, disseminating the Kremlin's propaganda, and said a Russian organisation paid for his trip.

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The Estonian State Prosecutor's Office initiated a criminal proceeding against Peterson and another Estonian, Dmitry Roosti, as well as Andriy Andronov, a Russian with a residence permit for Estonia, spokesperson for the Office of the Prosecutor General Kairi Kungas said.

As there is a risk that the suspects may try to evade justice and continue to commit crimes, a court ordered them to be detained as a preventive measure, ERR said.

However, the court decision has not entered into force and may be appealed against at Tallinn District Court in the Estonian capital.

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