Week in pictures: August 17-23

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    President Toomas Hendrik Ilves held a Reindependence Day reception in the rose garden of his Kadriorg residence. (Renee Riisalu/President's Press Office)

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    Eston Kohver (left) and his Russian-state-appointed lawyer Yevgeni Aksyonov

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    Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar made his first public appearance after a serious illness. (Raepress)

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    A delegation of US senators led by Senator John McCain visited Estonia (Government Press Office)

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    Newly inaugurated Polish President Andrzej Duda visited Estonia, meeting with FM Marina Kaljurand, PM Taavi Rõivas and Parliament Speaker Eiki Nestor. Duda wore a yellow ribbon during his visit to show solidarity with kidnapped Eston Kohver. (Erik Peinar/Parliament Press Office)

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    August 23 was EU-wide Remebrance Day. Estonian and Polish presidents laid wreaths at the Monument of Independence. (Birgit Püvi/President's Press Office)

8/24/2015 4:10 PM
Category: Society

Undoubtedly the biggest news story of the week to concern Estonia was the sentencing of kidnapped security official Eston Kohver in Pskov regional court, Russia, to 15 years in prison. Many EU, US and NATO dignitaries expressed their disappointment in the affair and called for his immediate release.

On Tuesday, the Parliament approved the third Greek bailout plan in an extraordinary session. 

A day after Kohver's sentencing hearing, Estonia celebrated its 24 years of sovereignity since regaining independence from the Soviet Union. A host of concerts, receptions and even a battle reenactments took place all over the country. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves held a traditional rose garden reception to thank those who were instrumental for the restoration of independence in 1991. Guests wore yellow ribbons in honor of imprison Estonian official Eston Kohver. Edgar Savisaar, the mayor of Tallinn, also made his first public appearance on the day after his battle with a life-threatening disease.

Also wearing yellow ribbons were foreign politicians visiting Tallinn this week. First, A delegation of US senators led by Senator John McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee, were in Estonia on Wednesday and Thursday to meet with Estonian government leaders.

On Sunday, the 76th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the Remembrance Day, Andrzej Duda, the new President of Poland, made his first foreign trip to Estonia to campaign for more NATO presence in Poland and the Baltics.

M. Oll

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