According to Estonian security experts, ‘a directing hand of Moscow’ is visible behind recent mass street violence in Tallinn, aimed at destabilization of society and political life, and also held as a test of unity of the European Union, leading Estonian daily Postimees writes.
Kadri Lijk, Director of the International centre of defense studies, says there are no doubts that Russia intentionally stimulated tension in Estonia, using the replacement of Red Army monument only as pretext, paper says.
Shortly before street clasehes between youth and police, Postimees wrote about a confidential meeting in Tallinn botanical garden between the senior adviser of the Russian embassy, Sergei Overchenko, and leader of the grouping Nochnoi dozor, Dmitry Linter, now under guard on suspicion in organization of street violance.
Security Police of Estonia (Kaitsepolitseiamet - KaPo) has also fixed meetings of the first secretary of the Russian embassy, Vadim Vasilyev, and chairman of the Constitutional party of Estonia Andrei Zarenkov. These people are considered by investigators the main tools of Moscow "puppeteers" in Estonia, Postimees marks. When on April 30 at press conference in the Russian embassy Postimees’ reporter asked about these meetings that had been falling outside the limits of regular diplomacy, ambassador Nikolai Uspensky replied that it was a provocative question he was not going to answer.
According to KaPo, only 12 days prior to Tallinn disorders, Mark Siryk, who was detained together with Linter, was declared ‘the commissioner’ of the pro-Kremlin youth movement’s Nashi Estonian branch. Early in April, KaPo notes, Siryk participated in All-Russia meeting of Nashi in Novoizborsk where inter alia trainings in tactics of street fihtging were held and decision made to send activists of the movement to Estonia.
According to Postimees, KaPo has repeatedly specified that actions of the Kremlin concerning Estonia are coordinated since February 2005 by the adviser of Russian President, Modest Kolerov, heading management of inter-regional and cultural ties with foreign countries of the presidential administration. In 2005 KaPo marked numerous attempts of Kolerov’s department to interfere in Estonia’s domestic policy and to unite Russian-speaking political forces on the eve of local elections.
Estonian analysts say that the Kremlin was upset by the results of elections in Estonia, thus giving the imperial-thinking circles of Russia new stimulus for escalation of pressure and provoking violance in Estonia, Postimees concludes.