пятница, 29 июня 2018 г.

It's time to go to the North-Eastern Estonia!

On 26 June 2018, a rural municipality assembly in Jõhvi, a capital town of the North-Eastern Estonia, elected Martin Repinski, the Member of the Estonian Parliament, as new rural municipality elder and approved the composition of a new rural municipality government, where I, as its deputy head, was entrusted with the responsibility for addressing development and entrepreneurship. The new government coalition, which includes the Centrists, the Reform Party and the Jõhvi Our Home, has decided to jointly work hard on changing things in the self-government to leap forward in the development of Jõhvi.
Jõhvi, being the capital of the North-Eastern Estonia and the regional center, needs sustainable development. Jõhvi has always been known for its cultural identity and traditions, which need to be preserved and expanded. The new team will have to ensure a positive image and intensive development of the self-government.
The key focus is to attract new resources to Jõhvi's development through state programs, EU structural funds and private entrepreneurs' investments. More attention should be given to social issues, including more support to retirees, young families, youth and sports. We plan to improve the town park, upgrade the football stadium, build a track and field stadium and install new playgrounds. We intend, through the support to entrepreneurship, to help in creating new jobs. Together with Eesti Rautee, we will fix the railway station and its surroundings. Jõhvi has always been a town, and in this regard, I sincerely support the opinion of the most town residents to reinstate Jõhvi's status as urban municipality.

среда, 21 марта 2018 г.

King Charles and Princess Camilla?

In England, there are new speculations about whether Prince Charles, when he becomes King, will appoint his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to be Queen after all. When Charles married Camilla, the royal family decided, to her big dismay, that she would not to officially be known as Princess of Wales, because of the popularity of Princess Diana, who at the time of her death was wearing the title. For a long time, it has been thought that Camilla will be princess consort, like her father-in-law, Prince Philip is prince consort of Queen Elizabeth II. 
This is a serious matter, for example Henrik, the Danish prince consort who recently passed away always wanted his wife to make him king consort. There was a historical precedent, when lord Darnley became king consort of Scotland when he married Mary, Queen of Scots, also known as Mary Stuart. Also Fredrik I who was prince consort, became King of Sweden. The situation for Camilla is much simpler, and actually, it’s quite scandalous that the official wife of King cannot become Queen. The position of first ladies is always complicated. President Ilves had two first ladies during his term of office. Beržinš, President of Latvia, got his first lady immediately after receiving the presidential office and divorced as soon as his term was over. Putin has no first lady at all. Only Trump shows his wife off, but alas, she's not American, but pure Slovenian, with a strong Slavic accent ...

понедельник, 22 января 2018 г.

My academician 95

Estonian academician Mikhail Bronstein will be celebrating his 95th jubilee on the 23rd of January. Academician Bronstein is one of the intellectuals from Leningrad, who arrived in Estonia as a member of the teaching staff and made his career in Estonian, which probably had  not been possible in the conservative centres of the Soviet period. His contribution into the development of our elite has been priceless. Due to that it is logical that Bronstein also contributed to the process of the re-establishment of Estonian independence by supporting his previous students.
Bronstein is an expert of economy, who reached a high position by becoming Gorbachev’s councillor. He is the creator of the idea of agricultural-industrial complexes used by Mikhail Gorbachev, the member of the political bureau and the agricultural secretary of the Central Committee, when he reached the top hierarchy of the Kremlin. Undoubtedly, this activity supported Gorbachev in his movement to the position of the leader of the second super power in the world and changed the course of the world history and guaranteed Gorbachev the Noble prize.
As father, the academician is definitely proud of his son Aleksander, who studied in Tartu University and has worked as a senior manager in the Ministry of Environment Protection and has currently also managed to establish himself as a successful businessman. Multi-millionaire Aleksander Bronstein has become one of the leading entrepreneurs in aluminium business. Aleksander has been the most generous financers of the re-established Synagogue in Tallinn. Academician Bronstein’s grandson Dan Bronstein follows his grandfather and father’s footsteps.
Academician Bronstein surprises with his vitality. He managed to be the teacher to President Lennart Meri, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and many others in the direct meaning of the word. Bronstein is also the honorary supervisor of my Doctor’s thesis, which I defended in St. Petersburg. Mikhail Bronstein has not said his last word yet, happy birthday to the grand old man of Estonian Science!

вторник, 3 октября 2017 г.

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with the leadership of the capital of Peipus

On the 2nd of October 2017, the prime minister of the Republic of Estonia Jüri Ratas met with the governing body of Mustvee town, the mayor of Mustvee Max Kaur and the chairwoman of the city council Riina Pajula in Stenbock House. At the meeting, the Estonia´s administrative reform was discussed. The governing body of Mustvee informed the Prime Minister about a successful administrative reform in Peipus area with five municipalities: Mustvee town, Avinurme parish, Saare parish, Lohusuu parish, Kasepää parish, and in addition the Võtikvere village, decided to move forward together and formed a new, large Mustvee parish with the centre in Mustvee town. The new municipality has around 6,000 inhabitants and a territory of more than 614 square kilometers. A good example of cooperation is that the merging municipalities already successfully organized the Song and Dance Festival of the Mustvee Municipality on the 23rd of September.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, highly appreciated the efforts of local governments and stated that the main objective of administrative reform is to improve the daily lives of local people.

вторник, 26 сентября 2017 г.

The circumstances of the MS Estonia disaster can no longer remain a mystery in the realities of modern Europe

The circumstances of the tragic sinking of the MS Estonia on September 28, 1994, which claimed thousands of lives of Estonian, Finnish and Swedish nationals, can no longer remain a secret in the realities of modern Europe. It’s been over 20 years, long enough to finally uncover the truth about the horrific tragedy that had struck the peaceful Baltic Sea.
A wide variety of versions and assumptions of how the events unfolded still cause controversy to this day. The results of the official investigation by the special state committee did not provide any answers; on the contrary, new facts were uncovered, refuting previous versions of these tragic events. Today, the need to create a new independent international investigation committee is clear. The investigation should, of course, involve representatives and relatives of the deceased.
The time has come when years after, scandals are exposed concerning business, politics and public life. In light of the secrets associated with the disaster, it’s time for the politicians and officials who were in charge at the time in Estonia, Sweden, Finland, EU and NATO, to start talking about it. I am sure that these people have all the information regarding the tragedy.
At the 2010 conference regarding the disaster, several curious facts came to light. In particular, on the night of September 28, 1994, the very night the MS Estonia was on its way from Tallinn to Stockholm, unplanned large-scale NATO exercises were conducted in the Baltic Sea. It should be noted, that unplanned live fire exercises could be performed as well.
In any case, the question remains as to why the NATO troops, who were practicing the salvation of the civilian ships, never came to the aid of the ferry in distress? Why did the leaders of our country keep silent about it? Today it is evident that what we are dealing with was not an accident but a crime. The answers we still need are to who orchestrated the tragedy, who led the operation, and who will be held accountable before the families of the victims and the European public. Unfortunately, I too have ties to this tragedy: I’ve lost my sister who was a crew member on the MS Estonia, as well as my grandmother who was a passenger.

четверг, 6 июля 2017 г.

Mustvee town has worthily presented the lake Peipus region on The Youth Song and Dance Celebration in Tallinn

Mustvee town has worthily presented the lake Peipus region on The 12 Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration, which was held in Tallinn from 30 June to 2 July 2017. Mustvee was presented by the Youth Dance Group "Peipsi piigad" (The Maidens of Peipus). The cavalcade of the Peipus region capital in the procession of the celebration participants from the Freedom Square to the Song Festival Grounds was headed by the town mayor Max Kaur, who carried the town flag (photo by Raivo Vadi).  The 12 Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration gathered together more than 40 000 singers and dancers and over 70 000 spectators.

вторник, 6 июня 2017 г.

Mustvee city administration representatives visited Saint Petersburg to strengthen and expand cooperation between the cities

On May 3-5, 2017, the delegation of the town of Mustvee, led by Mayor Max Kaur and the Chairman of the City Council Riina Pajula visited Saint Petersburg to strengthen and expand cooperation between the cities.
On May 3, the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg welcomed the delegation of the city of Mustvee to the Mariinsky Palace.  The meeting between Alexander Khodosok, a member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, and the delegation of the Estonian town of Mustvee took place in the Red Hall of the Palace. The meeting was also attended by Vatanyar Yagya, the adviser of the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, members of the Mustvee City Council Nonna Kolpakova and Lyudmilla Smirnova, as well as Mustvee city administration representative Kulno Pajula.
The town of Mustvee has strong international links with the local governments of Finland, Poland, Latvia and Pskov Oblast. It’s time to establish a friendly relationship with Saint Petersburg, in order to develop cultural and humanitarian ties, as well as share experience regarding municipal services and urban environment improvement. There has long been a basis for it. Our Prichud region has always been famous for its high-quality and environmentally-friendly agricultural and fish products that have been supplied to the markets of St. Petersburg for centuries. 
On May 4, the delegation of the town of Mustvee visited Yekateringofsky Municipal Okrug of Saint Petersburg. The delegation was welcomed by Oleg Smakotin, the Head of the Municipal Okrug. The Head of the Okrug introduced the Mustvee delegation to the cultural and economic aspects of the Okrug’s life, as well as its rich historical heritage. The delegation visited the famous Catherinehof park, new residential areas, libraries, cultural centers, museums and educational institutions of the Okrug.
The administration of the Yekateringofsky Municipal Okrug of Saint Petersburg has positively reacted to the proposal of the town of Mustvee to develop friendly ties and prepare a cooperation agreement between the municipalities. The delegation of the town of Mustvee invited the Head and a delegation of Saint Petersburg’s Yekateringofsky Municipal Okrug to visit Mustvee and sign the cooperation agreement between the municipalities.

вторник, 7 февраля 2017 г.

Successful businessman Oleg Gross visited Mustvee, capital of Peipsi area, by private helicopter

One of the richest businessman in Estonia Oleg Gross flew to Mustvee, capital of Peipsi area, by private helicopter on 6th of February, 2017. He had a meeting with Max Kaur, the Mayor of Mustvee, where they discussed development of the region. 
"Domestics financial resources are always welcomed in the country and its regions", said Max Kaur, the Mayor of Mustvee. 
One of Estonia's wealthiest businessman Oleg Gross has purchased 7-seat French helicopter Eurocopter EC 130 in 2016. According to experts, its cost may be between 2 and 4 million euros.