Over 1,000 shiny new border posts, buoys to mark Estonian-Russian border (9)
First of the 760 new land border markers will be erected today on the Estonian-Russian border near the Pedetsi River in Võru County.
The new markers aim to reduce illegal border crossings from Estonia to Russia by raising public awareness of the exact location of the border control line.
The black-and-white striped markers all have a large image of the Estonian coat of arms on top, with "Eesti Vabariik" (The Republic of Estonia) and installation date written under it.
The state plans to install 760 such land border markers, plus another 412 buoys into Lake Peipus and the Narva River.
Estonia's eastern border is 294 kilometres long. The majority runs though the Narva River, Lake Peipus and Lake Pihkva. The more winding land border is around 136 kilometers long, 110 kilometers of which will soon be fenced.
The clearance of the border area, the first step toward building the most modern border in Europe, started in October 2014. The border and its high-tech surveillance solutions will cost close to 79 million euros in total.