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.