While most of the Western world gasped at Russia's recent huffing and puffing at Mikhail Khodorovsky and his oil company Yukos, many in Estonia were breathing a collective sigh of relief. As the world's smallest nation-state with its own attendant language, Estonia has suffered for hundreds of years from the unavoidable: geopolitics. The havoc that U.S.S.R. policies wreaked on Estonian society is still remembered acutely, and Cold War thinking continues to captivate the minds of Estonia's inhabitants. Russian belligerency was one of the main factors leading Estonian politicians to seek memb...
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