Estonia has entry bans imposed on nearly 3,200 foreigners (5)
Around 3,200 foreigners in total have been banned from entering Estonia. The largest number are Russian citizens. Several foreigners with extreme views have been deported in the past month.
Finnish-born Risto Teivonen was recently served with a five-year entry ban to Estonia for propagating Nazi ideas. Teivonen made headlines when an association he was involved with sent an anti-gay book by Heinrich Himmler to Estonian MPs.
Erkki Koort, undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, said Teinonen was deported for behavior considered inappropriate by Estonian authorities, including for spreading ethnic hatred.
So far, Estonia has had to adopt such a decision for only a few right-wing extremists.
However, on the whole, almost 3,200 people have been served an entry ban for various reasons. The list includes people banned by courts and authorities, as well as those subjected to international sanctions. Some bans are temporary, other have no expiration date.
The court has, for example, set 10-year entry bans on people released from Estonian prisons.
Accoding to Koort, the country with the largest number of blacklisted citizens is Russia.