Thus, Mr Dressen’s traitor-wife Viktoria who, before he husband got caught, was working at an extreme nationalist Estonian businessman and escaped with a conditional punishment, was then able to proudly tell the Russian TV audience: «I always knew that Russians will never forsake their own!»
The Saturday morning at Koidula border point was intense. The crossing closed for common people for dozens of minutes, security policemen arrived with Mr Dressen without any personal item with him. On the other side of the river, in Russia, there stood a black Mercedes containing Mr Kohver.
Of the Russians, it was a high level FSB official who first set foot on the bridge. To meet him, Estonia sent security police deputy director for counterintelligence Aleksander Toots, who had been preparing details of the procedure with colleagues for months.
After brief formalities and handing each other the exchange documents, they went back to the cars trailing the main heroes. Symbolically, if was the very Mr Toots walking Mr Dressen to the bridge. Together, they had made their careers in Virumaa and Tallinn, and it was Mr Toots who caught Mr Dressen at treason.
On the bridge, it was the end of the story. Attempting to wave at his former subordinate and later boss, Mr Dressen got no kind reply – you are history. Trash.
Meanwhile, a free man Mr Kohver was walking towards Estonian territory and the colleagues there to meet him. After the vital informing of colleagues of details of imprisonment and stuff shared at interrogations, and a brief appearance at press conference with the heart-warming «Thanks Y’all!», Mr Kohver was released to go meet family.
To go meet the wife and four kids – the ones who to just see the pictures of, he’d had to endure all kinds of «treatment» by FSB colleagues while jailed. It was all over now.
«We won out for sure,» opined a person involved in the swap operation. What he meant was that while Mr Kohver was at the Russian prison for a year, the traitor Mr Dressen served three years in Estonia. And would have lived there for a long long time at the expense of Estonian taxpayers.
Meanwhile, Mr Dressen received a hero’s welcome who met the TV station Rossiya-RTR microphone as soon he stepped off the bridge. «It’s a joyful feeling,» announced Mr Dressen.
He said he only felt relieved when meeting Mr Kohver on that bridge. «Before that it all was delayed and that causes tension. I only felt relief as I was crossing the bridge,» said the traitor.
In the evening, Mr Dressen was served a festive dinner with family and officials involved in the swap. In all likelihood, the man with relatives in Russia via wife will work at some FSB-related agency.
As for Mr Kohver, he will continue on security police payroll.
«Thankfully, it’s over,» Postimees was told by an official involved in the operation. «The rescue operation went a lot better than when he fell in.»