Zakharova Promised an “Interesting Answer” to Those Behind Sputnik Harassment in Estonia
The situation around the Estonian bureau Sputnik worsened in the fall, when local branches of foreign banks froze funds transfers for the bureau’s needs, and the landlord demanded that the agency employees leave the premises rented in Tallinn by the end of February. The Rossiya Segodnya MIA, which owns Sputnik, later said that Estonian authorities threaten agency employees with criminal cases if they do not stop working with the parent organization.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the pressure on Sputnik in Estonia an amazing cynicism. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Arlem Desir called on the republic’s authorities to refrain from restrictions on agency journalists, and Russian parliamentarians announced their intention to raise the issue of pressure on this media in the OSCE and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.