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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)

Tallinn Administrative Court will weigh a complaint from controversial Italian journalist and former politician Giulietto Chiesa, who was banned from entering Estonia at the end of last year.

Chiesa, who traveled to Estonia to take part in a pro-Kremlin meeting, was escorted out of Estonia early on December 16. The Ministry of Interior issued a no-entry ban four days earlier.

Chiesa filed legal action against Estonia on January 12. The ban ran out on January 13 and he made a new trip to Estonia already on January 23, again to take part in a pro-Kremlin event.

Chiesa was a member of the Italian Communist Party, an MEP between 2004-2009 and was also stationed in Moscow for 20 years during the Soviet period as a USSR-financed Italian journalist.

He had spoken at Impressum, the pro-Kremlin NGO behind the meeting, events in Estonia twice before, in 2008 and 2011, published a number of controversial books, including one which, among other topics, also focused on the relocation of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn. He also supported Arnold Meri, an Estonian Soviet army veteran charged by Estonian authorities for genocide for his role in the deportation of Estonians to Siberia.

Chiesa has spoken critically of Georgia's stance on South Ossetia and Abkhazia and supported the Russian annexation of the Crimea.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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