Kohver still in Moscow

Eston Kohver (AFP/Scanpix)
9/23/2015 10:25 AM
Category: Politics

The abducted Estonian official Eston Kohver is being held in Lefortovo prison, not in the transit prison of Butyrka in Moscow as previosly reported. Estonian authorities were in the dark over Kohver's whereabouts since the beginning of the month, after he received a 15-year sentence in August for alleged espionage.

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they have requested a meeting with Kohver.

According to the information known to the Estonian Foreign Ministry and distributed on Wednesday, Kohver was taken to Butyrka after the trial in Pskov. However, it emerged later in the day that he is in Lefortovo instead. Kohver spent the better part of the last 12 months in Lefortovo, awaiting his trail.

Russian officials did not say when or to where Kohver will be sent.

Butyrka is one of Moscow's oldest and largest prisons, and has held many notable prisoners, such as the last president of Estonia before Lennart Meri, Konstantin Päts, writer and Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Augustinas Voldemaras, former prime minister of Lithuania.

A court in Pskov, close to the Estonian border, sentenced Kohver to 15 years in a high security prison on August 19. Kohver did not appeal and the decision was finalized on September 4.

J.M. Laats

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