Members of Estonia’s government accused neighboring Russia of interfering in local politics after a candidate for mayor of the capital, Tallinn, was placed on Interpol’s wanted list on the eve of municipal elections….[Eerik-Niiles] Kross, a former diplomat and security official, advised Georgian authorities during and after that country’s five-day war with Russia in 2008. Former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, a critic of Putin, this month visited Tallinn to back Kross’s campaign, according to a video interview on the Postimees newspaper’s website on Oct. 4. Russia alleges Kross had a role in the hijacking of the freighter Arctic Sea in July 2009. Russia attempted to add Kross to Interpol’s wanted list last year in connection with the case, Reijo Valgjarv, an official with the Estonian central criminal police and an Interpol representative in the country, told the public broadcaster Oct. 19.
Russia’s request for action on Kross was authorized this week by an Interpol commission that concluded Russia wasn’t politically motivated, he said.
Perhaps some O. J. Simpson jurors are enjoying second careers with Interpol.
Back to Bloomberg Businessweek:
Estonian prosecutors, which have conducted their own investigation into the Arctic Sea case, have no grounds to suspect Kross in crimes alleged by Russia, chief state prosecutor Heili Sepp told the public broadcaster Oct. 19. Russian authorities haven’t cooperated fully to establish all facts in the case, she added. Savisaar is mainly backed by local Russian speakers. His Center Party in 2004 signed a cooperation agreement with Putin’s United Russia party. Before general elections in 2011, authorities said the Center Party posed a security risk to Estonia by seeking financing from a potential Russian backer. Center, which has had the majority in Tallinn municipal council since 2005, won in the capital with 50 percent support when more than three-quarters of the votes were counted, according to the National Electoral Committee website. Kross’s Isamaa was the runner-up with 20 percent, while Kross got 6,354, second only to Savisaar, securing him a seat on the local council.
Hmmm . . .