ERR in Moscow: Russian coverage of Estonian election focused on Center Party and non-citizens (1)

Moscow (TASS/Scanpix)
3/3/2015 4:01 PM
Category: Politics

The impression left by the Russian media Estonian election coverage was that the Center Party would have won if Estonian long-term residents had been able to vote, and that Estonian-Russian relations will continue to be chilly, says ERR's man in Moscow, Neeme Raud.

Moscow television channel TV-Tsentr said the Center Party, which the channel said was against increasing Russophobia and NATO presence, lost by a small margin and would have won if non-citizens had voted.

One media outlet, Rossija24, said the Center Party represents the interests of the Russian-speaking community while another channel branded the Reform Party “Russophobic,” adding that the party will have to reckon with the Center Party, otherwise the Estonian society could crumble.

Media agency Regnum said the number of Russian-speaking MPs is at an all-time high with 12.

Raud said the impression he got from Russian media coverage of Estonia's national election was that Russian media said the Center Party was successful, and that there will be no positive turn in the relations between the two nations.

J.M. Laats

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