Eesti in brief - 2008-05-08

  • 2008-05-08
As opposed to last year, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip will not be taking part in ceremonies marking the end of World War II. He said it is customary for the prime minister to attend when the anniversary year ends with zero, but this year isn't one of them. Last year Ansip participated to show that there was no Nazi bias in Estonia, stemming from the Bronze Night riots last year. In Europe those who fought on the German side will celebrate the end on World War II on May 8. In Estonia that event will take place in Maarjamagu Memorial..

Marko Mihkelson, chairman of the European Union's affairs committee in the Estonian Parliament said energy dependence is one of the most important security risks for the Western world. When speaking at a defense conference in Prague he said if the import of fossil fuels accounts for 50 percent today, then by 2030 it will reach 90 percent.

The lower-level Harju County Court has sent to prison the men who killed schoolgirl Veronika Dari and attempted to kill Tiit Ottis, the former leader of Riigi Kinnisvara AS (State Real Estate Ltd.). Dmitri Shcherbakov, a 19-year old drug addict, who killed Dari and tried to kill Ottis while a juvenile, was sent to prison for eight years. One of his accomplices, Andres Grishin, 23, was sentenced to ten years in prison and the others, Nikolai Galkovski, 46, and Alexander Semyonov, 37, were sentenced to nine years in prison.