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Is there a political party representing the the Russian speakers in Estonia? Of course, when you say "Russians in Estonia do not have citizenship rights" this includes electoral disenfranchisement, but the "integration" process must have allowed a number of Russian speakers to gain full citizenship. How many of these are there?

FQIW, at the latest European Parliament elections, The voter turnout in Estonia was one of the lowest of all member countries at only 26.8%. What this means is that, to elect one of Estonia's 6 MEPs one only needed 3% of the registered voters (in fact, 2% did suffice). I mention this because a Russian Estonian MEP would be able to raise awareness of the situation of the Russian minority at the EU level, which is quite necessary. I don't think many people are aware of what the EU got into itself in that regard.

We have discussed the Council of Europe's convention on regional and minority languages in connection with Ukraine. Maybe it is because the Russian speakers are actually disenfranchised that the isse is not current in Estonia.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 28th, 2007 at 08:47:49 AM EST
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