Deputy Mayor Survives No Confidence Vote ({{commentsTotal}})

Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart
Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

A no confidence vote against Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart over education funding, failed to attract a majority in the Tallinn City Council.

The Social Democrats pulled their support for the resolution at the last moment, leaving IRL and the Reform Party to continue by themselves. The motion, which was voted on Thursday evening, received 25 votes, with 42 voting against out of the 67 members.

The Social Democrats said that while they do not agree with Kõlvart's actions, an attack on him would further increase the political gulf between the Estonian and Russian communities. As Kõlvart's party has an absolute majority in the council, the Social Democrat's votes would have made no difference to the outcome.

“Kõlvart's actions harm young Russians, who are left in a disadvantageous situation due to the city council's illegal moves,” Eerik-Niiles Kross of IRL, said.

The row involves a educational center which gives Russian-speaking pupils additional school lessons. The center lacks an approved curricula and a transparent funding system, critics say.

The Russian Lyceum provides more than 300 hours of tutoring in conventional subjects to students of Russian-language schools, including teaching history and social studies based on materials compiled in the Russian Federation.