A Political Scandal in Estonia and Russian Influence in the Baltics

Dec 27, 2010 | 17:09 GMT



Prominent Estonian political leader Edgar Savisaar has come under fire for accepting a grant from a Russian nongovernmental organization. Since the story broke, Estonian politicians have been busy questioning their peers' patriotism and involvement with the Russians. With elections due in Estonia in March and citizens fixated on the country's economic and financial problems, this scandal demonstrates Russia's unique form of influence in the Baltic state.

A political scandal in Estonia creates an opportunity for Russia to expand its influence in the Baltic state....

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