Russian Opposition Leader Challenges Estonia’s “Black List”
Vladimir Linderman, member of the Russian opposition’s proto-parliament, the National Assembly, and deputy chairman of the banned National Bolshevik Party (NBP), will make a second attempt to travel from Helsinki through Estonia back to his country of residence, Latvia, on 10 December 2008.
During his previous trip to Finland in late October 2008, Linderman was stopped on the Estonian border and deported back to Finland. The Estonian Border Guard informed Linderman that he was blacklisted and was barred entry to Estonia.
“I am of the firm opinion that the very fact that such “black lists” exist in Europe is appalling,” Linderman said.
“Such lists are absolutely contradictory to the principle of developing a common European legal environment. Europe should follow common legal principles. Measures such as banning my entry to Estonia creates divisions within Europe,” Linderman said.
On 10 December 2008, Vladimir Linderman will take the ferry, M/S Viking XPRS, from Helsinki to Tallinn, on his way home to Latvia. He has informed the Estonian authorities about his second attempt to cross Estonia, and has asked them not to obstruct his passage.
10 December 2008 is the United Nations’ Human Rights Day and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.