Two men escaped from Tallinn prison on Friday night. The men are named as Aleksandr Suhotski and Eduard Mihhailov.
Both men were awaiting trial. Suhotski, 36, is accused of drug dealing and Mihhailov, 24, is accused of theft.
According to initial reports, the men broke window bars and used scaffolding to make a bridge over a fence.
Deputy Secretary General in charge of prisons, Priit Kama, said prison staff discovered the escape at 3 am on Saturday morning.
“The last escape from closed territory of Estonian prisons took place in 2010, when one inmate was successful in escaping from his prison cell and over a fence at the Muru prison, which has now been closed,” he said.
He told Postimees that escapes are a problem in older prisons and the pair would have found it far harder to escape from the more modern Viru or Tartu prisons.
Editor: J.M. Laats