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!