As Postimees went to take a look at the cordon, it found all windows barred in the two-storey residential building. In addition to spending the night, diplomats are also active in the building during the day. As to home life, one spotted the flowers on window sills, and a self-made barbecue place in the back.
At first glance, the fenced cordon looks overgrown in brush; the roads leading to it still display modest use. The cordon workshop has new doors installed; the main building has two satellite dishes on its roof.
Whether the cordon was a strategic choice or just a desire for the Pirita beauty, we will probably soon know as the Russians obtain the option to rebuild it as they see fit. Till that happens, we probably have as little reason to worry as does the US embassy employee who recently rented a house – right across from the Russians.
Agreement entered by foreign ministers Urmas Paet and Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, on February 18th 2014
• A building at Malyi Kislovski Pereulok 5/8a in Moscow, total area 5,254 m2. The 2,243 m2 plot underneath will be rented to Estonia for 99 years for 1 rouble a year.
Buildings and structures under rights of superficies:
• Tallinn, Pikk St 19 and 21, Hobusepea St 3, Lai St 18, total area 3,410 m2
• Tallinn, Pikk St 23 and 25, Hobusepea St 1, total area 880 m2
• Tallinn, Mähe Road 9, Lauri Road 2, total area 2,127 m2
• Tallinn, Lauri Road 4, total area 128 m2 for 99 years at right of superficies fee €1 a year:
• Tallinn, Pikk St 19 and 21, Hobusepea St 3, Lai St 18, area 1,571 m2
• Tallinn, Pikk St 23 and 25, Hobusepea St 1, area 272 m2
• Tallinn, Mähe Road 9, Lauri Road 2, area 12,839 m2
• Tallinn, Lauri Road 4, area 4,953 m2