Tallinn's venues shunning Impressum ahead of controversial visit by Italian ex-MEP Chiesa ({{commentsTotal}})

Italian journalist and ex-MEP Giulietto Chiesa returned to Estonia on Friday, after being sent out a month earlier for violating an entry ban put on him by the Ministry of the Interior. The ministry decided not to renew the ban and Chiesa finally got to a Source: (RIA Novosti/Scanpix)

Larger hotels and venues in the capital have rejected attempts by pro-Kremlin NGO Impressum to book a venue for its next meeting, due to be held today, and event organizers have been forced to hold the meeting in Maardu, a town east of Tallinn.

Impressum project leader Natalja Kossareva told Postimees that Tallinn's hotels have told the group they "did not want to give their clients negative emotions."

Italian journalist and former MEP Giulietto Chiesa has said he will return to Estonia for the Friday meeting. He was due to take part in a similar event a month ago, but was escorted out of the country by police, after the Ministry of the Interior banned him from entering the country.

That entry ban expired last week and it is currently not clear if he will return or if a new ban has been issued. Chiesa has also taken the Estonian government to court over the December ban.

Editor: J.M. Laats, S. Tambur

Opinion digest: Our plans do not have to bend to distorted Russophobia

In a recent opinion piece in Postimees, small business-owner and Reform Party member Vootele Päi responded to criticism sparked by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas' plans to attend a commemorative concert-service at the Estonian church in Saint Petersburg next month.

Kallas, Kasemets, Maasikas: EU is strong, no upside to losing the euro

Speaking on Vikerraadio's "Reporteritund" ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Siim Kallas, Keit Kasemets and Matti Maasikas agreed that despite its prblems, the EU remained strong as a union.