EU puts spotlight on non-citizens' rights

  • 2003-01-23
  • Steven C. Johnson
NARVASince becoming mayor of this industrial city in Estonia's northeast, Tarmo Tammiste has had plenty of chances to brush up on his Russian.Born and raised some 200 kilometers away in Tartu, a university town regarded by many as Estonia's heartland, he now confesses that he often goes days without uttering a single word in his native language.That's because Narva is home to the biggest concentration of Russian-speakers in Estonia - 96 percent of the city's 70,000 inhabitants, according to census statistics - and many speak little or no Estonian.In his office overlooking the Narva River se...
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