* The national press is blaming Russia for traffic jams at the Russian-Estonian and Russian-Latvian borders. Newspapers are writing that lines of trucks appeared at the borders after the Russian president expressed his discontent with rampant corruption in the customs, and ineffective efforts against smuggling.
Moreover, Russian customs officials may be deliberately creating these lines for political ends. "There is an obvious link between lines of trucks in Narva and developments in Russian-Estonian relations... The artificial traffic jams at the border are the Russian way of protecting compatriots." (Postimees, August 21.)