The shadow of the KGB will not disappear anytime in the near future and even those born after the collapse of the Soviet Union may also feel its effects, according to Arnold Sinisalu, head of the Estonian counterintelligence agency KaPo.
Speaking on ETV's “Kahekõne” program, Sinisalu, who was appointed to the job in June, said that foreign spies have begun to recruit children of former Soviet politicians and intelligence officers in Eastern and Central European states.
Sinisalu said that over 1,000 people have admitted to past cooperation with the intelligence agencies of occupying forces and that the state has officially published the names of another 640 former KGB agents who have not admitted their actions but against whom KaPo has proof.
The names of the 1,000 people have been classified for the time being.
On the subject of radical Islam, Sinisalu said it is not a problem in Estonia right now, and that there is no one with a desire to attack Estonia at present.
He said though that in the future children of immigrants in Estonian schools may be bullied for their beliefs, and as a result may become radicalized.
He added that the al-Shabaab group, responsible for the recent attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, collected funds from as close as Helsinki.