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Photo: The culture ministry will start paying selected artists and authors monthly salaries from the state budget. Author: (Toomas Tuul)

What happened in Estonia last week?

The main story of the week: On Wednesday, the police detained 12 people, including four Police and Border Guard employees, in what is believed to be the biggest scam the country has seen for years. The suspects allegedly issued official documents that need state approval, such as language test certificates, living permits, papers needed to receive Estonian citizenship, and medical certificates. According to Health and Labor Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski, the people who received Estonian passports through the scam, will probably have their citizenship revoked.

The government is not only limiting the sale and advertizing of alcohol, but has now also announced its plan to introduce new and stricter punishments for drunk driving.

Estonia did well on several reports published last week. It retained it's second position in the Freedom House's 2015 internet freedom index and was in top 20 for ease of doing business. In another list, Lonely Planet named Estonia the "best value destination" of 2016.

The culture ministry announced that they will start offering monthly salaries to five artists and five writers for the next three years, starting 2016.

Editor: M. Oll

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