High-ranking civil servant, Tartu City councilman have brushes with law, apologize on Facebook ({{commentsTotal}})

This week has not been a good one for politicians and their encounters with law enforcement.

Ministry of Culture Undersecretary Raul Oreškin has resigned from his post after being apprehended while attempting to steal 50 euros worth of items from a shop in Tartu.

Oreškin apologized on his Facebook page, adding that it was a foolish bet.

Oreškin, who earns around 3,400 euros gross each month, more than three times the national average, was caught on Monday stealing a bottle of wine, some ice cream and sun tan lotion.

He could face a short jail term or up to a 1,200-euro fine.

“He was big enough to admit his mistake and resign,” Culture Minister Urve Tiidus said, adding that Oreškin's resignation has been accepted.

Also in Tartu, Mihkel Lees, a city councilman and head of the Reform Party faction tested positive for alcohol in his system Saturday behind the wheel of an automobile, he said Tuesday.

On his Facebook page, Lees also apologized, saying that he had attended a party for a friend the night before, and that he blew 0.28 mg/deciliter (less than .01 percent blood content).

Lees said that it was not an excuse, and he would pay the resulting fine and step down as chairman of the Reform Party faction. Lees said nothing about resigning from the Tartu city council.

One cheeky commenter on the Facebook post said that Lees should have blamed the incident on a bet.

Editor: J.M. Laats, S. Abel

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.