Former KGB deputy head in Estonia criticizes FSB over Puusepp disclosure

Former KGB headquarters in Estonia Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
12/18/2014 1:21 PM
Category: Politics

Vladimir Pool, who was the deputy head of the intelligence organization KGB in Estonia during the Soviet era, said the televised program about Uno Puusepp was usual propaganda and will only have short-term benefits.

Pool told Eesti Päevaleht that the program had its desired effect on Russians, increasing patriotism at a time of need, showing how powerful Russia is, adding that a similar film about the captured ISS official Eston Kohver could also be in the works.

But the program with Puusepp raises many questions, Pool said, such as the claim by Puusepp that all documents handed to ISS chief Raivo Aeg also made it to FSB, the Russian secret service. Pool also asked why Russia failed to get captured spies like Herman Simm and Aleksei Dressen out of Estonia in time.

He said questions should also be asked why a former spy's identity has been revealed to public, as the move jeopardizes Puusepp.

The hundreds of former KGB employees living in Estonia will also be under increased scrutiny, in light of the Puusepp's revelation, Pool said.

Kohver could be exchanged for Veitman, Pool said, adding that Veitman might not want to leave for Russia.

J.M. Laats, S. Tambur

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