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Estonia expects swift release of Kohver despite of 15-year prison sentence

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A still image from a video footage shows Estonian police officer Eston Kohver in a defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Pskov, Russia, June 2, 2015

Chairman of the Estonian National Defence Committee Marko Mihkelson stated that government must continue its efforts to free security police officer Eston Kohver, who was sentenced to 15 years for espionage in Russia in a case deemed illegal by Baltic states and the EU.

«I am confident Kohver will be freed earlier than we can currently conceive,» Marko Mihkelson commented to ERR.

According to the Chairman of the Estonian National Defence Committee, there are a few possibilities for Kohver’s early release, such as release before the sentence is up, a pardon or even an exchange, which, according to Mihkelson, has been the case in similar situations.

The trial has been evaluated as a scandalous show of force and Baltic state, Finnish and other foreign ministers have deemed Russia’s actions illegal and have called for the immediate release of the security police officer, who was kidnapped from Estonian soil last September.

Kohver – a father of four – was sentenced to 15 years in prison a day before the 24th anniversary since Estonia restored its statehood, declaring independence from the Soviet Union.


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  1. Linda says:

    Is that a wry smile I see? I hope early release is effected because Russian jails and gulags are akin to Nazi Germany’s death camps.

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  2. MBI says:

    I am glad all official and unofficial diplomatic channels are being worked.

    I hope Mr. Kohver can return into the arms of his family soon.

    This is a crucial case in easing European-Russian tensions.

    Germany will do everything in its power to secure his release as soon as possible.

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  3. MBI says:

    Hello Linda,

    because of people like Gerhard Schröder, Hans Dietrich Genscher and the late Egon Bahr. There are certain diplomatic channels in Germany, that are very unique and have close and personal connections to President Putin. Remember Mr. Putin was stationed in Dresden during his KGB days, and has a personal affinity for Germany. He speaks fluent German, and Chancellor Merkel speaks fluent Russian. If Mr. Putin was not the current leader of Russia, Germany would not have as much access to the Kremlin leadership as it currently does, but it does at this time, and I know it can play a very constructive role in a potential early release for Mr. Kohver.
    Best wishes

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    • Linda says:

      Hi MBI: thanks for your reply and I hope you are correct as Eston has 4 youngsters to look after. L

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