Support The Moscow Times!

Russia Expels Estonian Diplomat

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Estonia have soured after the Baltic state's consul general, Franek Persidski, was declared persona non grata by St. Petersburg authorities.

The decision may represent a Russian tit-for-tat for an incident that took place in March.

The Estonian newspaper Day by Day reported that Estonia had refused to grant visas to a group of young Russians who were on their way to Tallinn to participate in round-table discussions at The Baltic Dialogue 2013.

"Franek Persidski has already returned to Estonia from the consulate general in St. Petersburg," the Estonian Foreign Ministry told Interfax late Wednesday. "This is the Russian side's response to an earlier decision made by the Estonia authorities."

Russian authorities have not commented on the incident.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.