Estonian opposition leader and suspended Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar has decided to open up his home farm Hundisilma for visitors, if only for a half day.
“Bring along a positive energy that was taken away from this farm by KaPo (the Estonian Internal Security Service). Just like the support from kind people helped me to overcome my serious illness, I hope now that the good energy by supporters will help to get rid of the negative marks left by uninvited guests,” Savisaar said in the invitation, published by Tallinn City Government's taxpayer-funded paper Pealinn (Capital).
The paper said that Tallinn's Mayor will open the doors of his private residence at midday on the coming Sunday, and the guests can look around in the farmyard as well as check out Savisaar's living quarters – all with a “help of a guide”, who speaks Estonian and Russian.
Savisaar told Pealinn that he felt “disturbed” and has found it difficult to stay at home, since KaPo searched it a few weeks ago, following the bribery allegations against him. “I feel as if my home was burgled. My library was interspersed, they took my photo albums and pictures. They basically defiled Hundisilma,” said Savisaar, who blamed KaPo for “leaving chaos behind.”
Savisaar said that after the search, he contemplated on the idea of selling his farm, but has now chosen to retain it as his home. “But in order to recover the old, positive, energy, I have decided to organize a 'clean-up day',” he said, promising also to provide everyone with a signed souvenir postcard, as well as warm soup and entertainment by vocalist Erich Krieger.
Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar was named suspect in four episodes of corruption on September 22: unjustified extension of a lease contract for which he obtained benefits; allowing the construction of a house that lacked a building permit to continue in return for assets; exchange of land plots and promised compensation; and an episode connected to a tender, for which property or assets were obtained. Savisaar has so far rejected all the accusations against him.
Savisaar was suspended from mayor's office, pending investigation, on September 30 by the Harju County Court.
Following the suspension, some former Center Party members said that from now on, the capital of Estonia will be governed from Savisaar's Hundisilma farm, which is at the Vihula Parish, 100 kilometers from Tallinn.
Editor: S. Tambur