In August, 1991, the Estonian special service detained a man who alleged that he had been sent to Tallinn by the USSR State Security Committee (KGB) with the task to kill Estonian Prime Minister Edgar Savisaar, newspaper Eesti Ekspress reports. The reporter of the paper got
acquainted with 23 pages of this case kept in the archive of the Security Police (KaPo) and given out to the journalist on the basis of the Law on Public Onformation.
Some days prior to the coup d’etat in Moscow and restoration of independence of Estonia, the 37-year-old Russian Andrei Stekolshchikov arrived at border guards post at the port of Pirita, showed a shabby certificate of an employee of the KGB and told the commander of the company, Ivar Pihakho, that he had received the task to kill the then Prime Minister and leading politician of Estonia, Edgar Savisaar, however, he did not wish to carry out this order.
Stekolshchikov was later detained at hotel Briis by the officers of the Special Service (division of protection of the Estonian government) and he informed them that he had to organize an attempt on Savisaar (or if it was not possible, on the chairman of parliament, Arnold Ruutel) with use of an anti-tank gun which he had to obtain at one of the Soviet military units in the territory of Estonia.
Stekolshchikov whose relation to the Ministry of Defence of the USSR was confirmed later was temporarily placed under protection in a psychiatric clinic and after restoration of independence of Estonia was sent to Moscow.