The leadership of the free party decided on Thursday to expel Jevgeni Krištafovitš. Krištafovitš had been one of just two candidates for party chairman, the other being MP Artur Talvik. According to the leadership, Krištafovitš was expelled because he had slandered the party.
Already at a meeting on Jan. 12, the Free Party’s leadership had discussed Krištafovitš’s situation and decided to give him one last chance, secretary general Märt Meesak told ERR on Thursday.
As in the assessment of the party, Krištafovitš had continued with the activities the party had earlier warned him about, and that were against its statutes, the leadership had decided to expel him.
“Krištafovitš has committed unworthy acts repeatedly by spreading falsities and slandering the party,” Meesak said, pointing out that according to the Free Party’s statutes, unworthy actions were reason enough to terminate Krištafovitš’s membership.
Krištafovitš compares leadership to Soviet deportations
Krištafovitš wrote on social media that the party leadership was behaving much like the people enforcing the deportations in the 1940s. “They came together somewhere in a dark room at night and without witnesses and put together a list of party enemies to be sent to Siberia. The opposing candidate for chairman naturally is number one on this list,” Krištafovitš wrote.
He pointed out that just a month was left until the party’s internal elections. The leadership was aware that he had enough support to endanger the position of the “so-called only serious contender”, Artur Talvik.
Krištafovitš wrote that he felt ashamed that the Free Party had allowed “a puppet master to turn it into an Orwellian totalitarian party”.
With Krištafovitš out of the picture, Talvik is indeed the single remaining potential candidate, after Monika Haukanõmm declared earlier this week that she did not intend to run.
Editor: Dario Cavegn