Linderman deported from Estonia

Estonia again refused entry to Vladimir Linderman, leader of Latvia’s National-Bolsheviks, and deported him to Finland. Telegraf reported that Mr Linderman was on his way from Finland back to Latvia.

Estonian border guards informed Mr Linderman that he was on Estonia’s list of persona non grata since 2002. Mr Linderman said there were no restrictions on his travel to any Schengen country.

Vladimir Linderman does, however, figure on a list of persona non grata of the Estonian Ministry of Interior. He was given a ten-year ban on entering Estonia on 14 May 2002.

Mr Linderman contends that national legislation cannot trump international agreements, and is hoping for the support of Finnish MEPs and journalists.

Vladimir Linderman denied entry to Estonia
Finrosforum, 26.10.2008

Blacklisted in Europe
Finrosforum, 10.12.2008

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  1. The Schengen Agreement allows member countries to maintain national registers of persona non grata. This is clearly stated in the decision by the The Council of the European Union 1.12.2000. Look at Chapter 5 Article 25 of this document (in Finnish 2000/777/EY).

    Thus, there are few possibilities for Finnish MEPs or journalists to interfere in the Estonian decision using legal arguments.

    Regarding the Schengen information System (SIS) which registers ‘persona non grata’ in the whole Schengen area, those registered in SIS have the right to know what information is registered and can demand any erroneous or incomplete information be corrected.

    I suppose there are some similar rules regarding national registers too. Thus, Mr Linderman should step into legal actions in Estonia, if the ban upon him in Estonia is unfounded or unjust.

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