Estonia's rail industry feels Russia's wrath

  • 2007-06-13
  • By Joel Alas
TALLINN - Estonia is proud of its position as the gateway between east and west. But what happens when the gateway closes? Since early May Russia has been teaching Estonia a harsh lesson on the vulnerability of its transport industry. In the wake of the Bronze Soldier removal, rail cargo from Russia has dropped off dramatically. There are now 40 percent less rail cars crossing the border, and the impact has been swift and severe.Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Rail) is readying to fire between 500 and 800 workers, while several port terminals have been mothballed for the summer.Russian rail aut...
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