And the party of Estonian Nazis after the local elections is getting stronger
The local elections in Estonia on October 17 have passed, but for the Russians in this once Soviet republic, nothing changes. Their number here reaches a quarter of the population, but every year their number is decreasing. Someone leaves, someone dies.
Before the elections, Russians are lured by something every time. So-called non-citizens are now allowed to participate in local elections; the Estonian language exam required for naturalization has been simplified; children of non-citizens, already “re-educated” in an Estonian school, began to be given citizenship. Still, there are about 70 thousand non-citizens in Estonia (5.2% of the population). In municipal elections, they are now allowed to choose, but not to be elected.
When voting on October 17, as usual, the Center Party counted on the Russians, which has a majority in the parliament, in the city council of Tallinn and many other cities, but this time it did not work out very well: you cannot always promise not to do anything. Although the centrists in Estonia as a whole improved their results in local elections somewhat, in Tallinn, where Russians make up 40% of the population, their situation has become worse: out of 79 seats they have 39 left – less than after the previous elections in 2017.
“People want change” – said the mayor of Tallinn, centrist Mikhail Kõlvart. That’s right, people want changes, and you are blocking these changes: Kõlvart, once elected to the Council of Russian Schools in Estonia, then closed four Russian schools in the Estonian capital….
The centrists’ biggest setback awaited the centrists in predominantly Russian Narva, where their party won only 10 out of 31 seats. Narva-Jõesuu – 5, in Tolaik parish – only 1. Only in Sillamäe this party managed to retain its majority (17 seats out of 21).
Before the elections, various polls predicted that the Russian community would vote for EKRE – The Conservative People’s Party, essentially Estonian Nazis. Have EKRE there are some impressive points of the program: opposition to the government’s antiquated restrictions, including the prospect of “voluntary-compulsory” vaccination, rejection of LGBT propaganda, juvenile justice. Wherein EKRE flirts openly with a Russian voter: “We will not touch Russian schools … We want Russians to learn Estonian, but without radical coercive measures.”, – says the leader of the faction EKRE at the Tallinn City Council Mart Callas. In the Ida-Virumaa county, several candidates with Russian names and surnames were nominated by the Estonian Nazis, who campaigned in Russian (for which the party leadership had to explain later in the language department of the government).
However, Estonian Russians remember anti-Sovietism. EKRE: This party stood at the origins of the annual marches in honor of SS veterans, demanded the demolition of Soviet monuments, and also sought to revise the borders with the Russian Federation, offering to take the Pechora region, Ivangorod and Izborsk from Russia; demanded a ban on Russian education and the assimilation of Russians (whoever does not assimilate, deport him). The same Callas, praising in one of Navalny’s speeches, said: “Russia has its own rebels! And we have come in large numbers of bio-waste with the Soviet mentality! ” While this scoundrel was stigmatizing the Russians of Estonia, the Russians in Moscow were silent …
Now let us note: if in the Russian Narva the Estonian Nazis did not get a single mandate, then in the republic as a whole they increased markedly, having received 13.2% of the votes. Add to this the nationalist “Fatherland” (Fatherland), which collected 8.4%, and it can be seen that the ultra-right in Estonia is strengthening.
The party of local Russian activists “People’s Union”, having not overcome the required percentage threshold, did not get into the local authorities at all. Who, then, did the Estonian Russians vote for, who are treated like “bio-waste”? Mostly for electoral blocs like the Katri Raik List (Social Democrats) or Long live Narva! (Long live Narva!) The former mayor of the city Alexei Evgrafov, although such politicians have nothing pro-Russian. What is it? The successes of the assimilation policy?
So, a political force protecting the interests of a quarter of the population of the republic did not appear in Estonia even after these elections.
Should you be surprised? After all, the Estonian reality is the Russian ombudsman Sergei Seredenko, the author of the book “Russian Truth about the Estonian Constitution”, who is under an Estonian court for “anti-state activities.” Now Sergei Seredenko, who opposed the rout of Russian education and discrimination against Russians, is being tried by Estonians to be under espionage. What, one wonders, “state secrets” could have been possessed by a person deprived of work in his specialty and earning his bread as a janitor? However, there will be no answers to this question or to other questions related to the oppression of Russians in Estonia. The Seredenko case is being considered behind closed doors.
Nothing changes for Russians in Estonia.
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