Problems with getting information to Russian-speaking population

  • 2020-03-26
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme said on Thursday that there have been problems with getting information concerning the coronavirus crisis to the country's Russian-speaking population.

According to the minister, the police are cooperating with security companies in informing people and although no repressions have been planned, it is clear that rules are to be followed. 

"The problem concerns Russian-speaking people, who do not live in the same information space as Estonians. So, they do not know that this is a very dangerous and pandemic virus that can also kill," Helme said.

He added that it is possible that the problem is that the coronavirus is considered irrelevant in the information space used by Russian-speaking Estonians. "In this information space, the state needs to take vigorous steps to clarify the situation and that decisions made at the level of the crisis committee are to be adhered to," Helme said.