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27.02
2021

Kallas: ERJK may get powers to scrutinize political parties' expenses

To curb political funding, the Political Party Funding Supervision Committee (ERJK) may gain the right to check the expenses of political parties, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said on Wednesday.
Speaking during her first Riigikogu question time on Wednesday about tackling corruption, Kallas said one idea which has been raised is that income, as well as expenses, should be scrutinized by the commission. She also raised the question of who pays for advertising.

09.02
2021

Prosecution reclassifies Reps proceedings as criminal

Misdemeanor proceedings brought against then Minister of Education Mailis Reps (Center) in November in connection with use of an official vehicle for private trips have been reclassified as criminal.

The police said on November 24 last year that misdemeanor proceedings have been launched based on the section of the Anti-Corruption Act on corruptive use of public resources (KVS § 17). While the Prosecutor's Office found no elements of a possible criminal offense back then, things have changed two and a half months later.

27.01
2021

Valga hospital chief removed after offering COVID-19 vaccines to associates

Valga Hospitals' board decided on Wednesday, January 27, to recall from office its head, Margus Ulst. Ulst had offered acquaintances from the Rotary International organization the chance to jump the line in vaccinations against COVID-19. The board says Ulst's overall management of the vaccine program had been under review, and not just his unofficial offer of surplus coronavirus vaccine doses.

20.01
2021

Hospital boss caught offering Rotary Club preferential coronavirus vaccines

The head of Valga Hospital in South Estonia has been trying to give preferential treatment to members of international ethical and humanitarian service organization Rotary International in administering coronavirus vaccines at the hospital he manages. The Tartu branch of Rotary International, known informally as the Rotary Club refused his approach, which comprised vaccinations sufficient for around a dozen potential individuals, Baltic News Service reports.

28.10
2020

Corruption trial of former Port of Tallinn chief wound up on health grounds

The corruption trial of former Port of Tallinn (Tallinna Sadam) board member Allan Kiil has been terminated on health grounds.

Harju County Court made the decision to wrap up proceedings based on a medical report Tuesday. Kiil's lawyer Aivar Pilv had filed the application, which followed a court-ordered medical examination in mid-September.

22.07
2020

State developing bill to protect whistleblowers

The Ministry of Justice is preparing to develop a bill to protect whistleblowers. By the end of 2021, Estonia must transfer the EU's Directive on the Protection of Whistleblowers into law.

Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) said: "A number of recent cases clearly show that whistleblowing can have unintended consequences. Creating information channels and providing legal protection contributes to the development of a transparent and open society, and it is certainly important for companies to solve their problems quickly and adequately."

22.07
2020

State developing bill to protect whistleblowers

The Ministry of Justice is preparing to develop a bill to protect whistleblowers. By the end of 2021, Estonia must transfer the EU's Directive on the Protection of Whistleblowers into law.

Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) said: "A number of recent cases clearly show that whistleblowing can have unintended consequences. Creating information channels and providing legal protection contributes to the development of a transparent and open society, and it is certainly important for companies to solve their problems quickly and adequately."

26.06
2020

SEB fined €1 million for breaches of anti-money laundering rules

The Estonian Financial Supervision Authority (FSA) has issued a precept to AS SEB Pank and a fine of €1 million for breaches of anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules.

The FSA identified during its supervisory proceedings inadequacies in SEB Pank activities in applying customer due diligence measures during customer on-boarding and throughout the business relationships. Shortcomings were also found in the reporting of suspicions of money laundering to the Financial Intelligence Unit.

26.06
2020

Estonian banks used to launder 1.6 billion dollars

Banks in Estonia were used to move nearly $1.6 billion of criminal funds from Russia, international journalism project OCCRP, investigating organized crime and corruption, uncovered with help from Postimees and Russian paper Novaya Gazeta. The operation in question was named “Laundromat” or “Washing Machine”.

30.09
2019

Tallinn University of Technology «warned» new bosses of whistleblower

Junior research fellow at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) Keegan McBride blew the whistle – he risked everything when he talked about how his superiors at the university’s Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance embezzled EU funds. Postimees discovered evidence, reached other witnesses and revealed the scheme that led to criminal proceedings, following suspicions of benefit fraud.

McBride got a new job with the university’s software development department immediately before the scandal broke. That should have been the end of it for him.

13.09
2019

European Commission looking at TalTech

The Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) sent out a press release on Friday evening, saying that it has closed its investigation into the Nurkse scandal. The statement left out quite a few important details.

First of all, the university council was told on Friday that TalTech is willing to voluntarily return €17,000 in funding for the scandalous OpenGovIntelligence (OGI) project.

20.12
2018

Prosecution cracks first link in Danske money laundering chain

The prosecution broke down one of the defensive walls of Danske money launderers yesterday when it brought suspicions against the bank’s former foreign client managers and their head. Six former Danske Estonia employees were detained on Tuesday and four more yesterday.

19.12
2018

10 Danske ex-employees suspected of laundering money in Georgia, Azerbaijan

The ten persons detained in connection with alleged money laundering at the Estonian branch of Danske Bank mostly worked as relationship managers and all of them are accused of money laundering; the amount of dirty money being spoken about totals 300 million euros, prosecutors said at a press conference in Tallinn on Wednesday.

01.08
2018

Why Danske Bank Estonia appears in so many money-laundering scandals

Last year, a series of investigations across Europe led by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) uncovered the Azerbaijani Laundromat — a network of illicit financial payments that used reputable banks and secret companies to funnel payments from a US$2.9 billion slush fund to buy political influence and launder Azerbaijan’s international image.

In this scheme, most of the funds were deposited into bank accounts that four UK-registered shell companies held in the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest bank.

18.10
2017

Two Tartu deputy mayors suspected of corruption

Officials of the Internal Security Service (ISS) on Wednesday morning arrested Tartu Deputy Mayor Valvo Semilarski, member of the Reform Party, and Deputy Mayor Artjom Suvorov, of the Center Party, as suspects in multiple corruption offenses.

17.10
2017

Voters trusted corrupt officials

Candidates previously convicted of misuse of power or embezzlement of public funds did well at local elections as most of them made it to local government councils.

The elections saw five candidates charged with or convicted of corruption crimes three of whom were elected in the end.

There were also six candidates who have been charged with or are currently on trial for misuse of public authority. All six were elected.

01.09
2015

Seli calls for inspection of Estonian Air and Eesti Energia

Reform Party member and former Port of Tallinn supervisory board head, Neinar Seli said after corruption allegations against Port of Tallinn's board members surfaced, that other state-owned companies should also be closely examined, such as Eesti Energia and Estonian Air.

18.06
2015

3 arrested in Jõhvi municipality corruption case

KaPo, the Internal Security Service, has arrested a Jõhvi councilman, a former local politician and a businessman accused of rigging state procurements, bribery and influence peddling.

22.08
2014

€10 Bribe Ends Up €700 Fine

Viru County Court handed a 35-year-old Lithuanian man a 700-euro fine for attempting to bribe an Estonian customs official with 500 rubles (10.5 euros).

11.07
2014

Siim Kallas: Why The West will never understand Russia

Moscow will look for every way to circumvent the sanctions and encourage divisions within the European Union before the question of economic sanctions returns, writes Siim Kallas.

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