Former Russian minister blocked from entering Estonia

Valeri Tiškov Tallinna lennujaamas.

PHOTO: Igor Teterin / meediaklubi Impressum

This Sunday at Tallinn Airport, border guards blocked entry into Estonia by former Russian minister for nationalities, academician Valery Tishkov – a man under prohibition to enter by Ministry of the Interior. Mr Tishkov (72) was scheduled to speak yesterday at an event organised by media club Impressum on «National relations and conflicts in mirror of politics».

According to police, Mr Tishkov was barred by officials due to five year prohibition on entry imposed on him by Ministry of the Interior in 2014. Pursuant to customary practice, the state generally avoids commenting on prohibitions on entry.

According to Estonian MEP Yana Toom (Centre Party), Mr Tishkov ought to demand cancellation of the prohibition in court. According to her, it was only recently that Mr Tishkov came under persecution by national activists in Russia due to his overly Western views, and now he fell out of favour with Estonian authorities due to allegedly being too Kremlin-minded. «It would be funny, if I as an Estonian deputy in European Parliament were not so ashamed for such a situation,» said Ms Toom.

Valery Tishkov served as Russian minister for nationalities from February 27th to October 15th 1992.

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