On Tuesday in Estonia, was arrested Alexander Kornilov, publisher of Russian-language portals baltija.ee and three Lebanese source. According to witnesses, the arrest was more like a bandit grip than a police arrest in a civilized European country.
Early in the morning on home phone family Kornilov in Tallinn called some people and told about the “accident,” which allegedly were involved in their car. They asked the wife of Alexander to go out to the accident scene. As soon as the woman opened the apartment door, stepped in a few people – about 8 men in tracksuits. They did not introduce themselves and did not present any documents. During the search they confiscated all electronic devices, which were in the house, including the minor child. In addition, the Estonian media reported that the SWAT team brought from the house of Kornilov and even a collection of icons and also a small amount of money for household expenses.
What is accused Alexander Kornilov and why he was detained as a notorious mobster? Mihashi according to the prosecution, he is suspected of forgery and providing Tax and customs Board incorrect data. In addition to Kornilov on Tuesday detained three, all defendants were searched. And the Prosecutor’s office does not exclude that there may be a new arrest.
According to investigators, financial fraud began in the fall of last year. Alexander Kornilov, together with Irina Karabinos, as leader of MTÜ Altmedia, spent through the NGOs allegedly non-existent transactions and withdraw money to avoid paying taxes. Thus through NGOs was withdrawn 50,000 euros.
In fact, it is also said that after the withdrawal of the firm’s money Kornilov put himself at personal expense large sums of money. It is also accused that he, being a member of the coordination Council of Russian compatriots in Estonia (XRCE), put it in his pocket allotted to him by the Embassy of the Russian Federation on promotion of Russian money.
However, many who are personally acquainted with Kornilov, did not believe in his guilt.
“The whole story of the detention of Alexander Kornilova only at first glance it looks terribly absurd, – says well-known Estonian public figure, Chairman of the “Estonian military memorial” Andres Valme. – Actually this is a typical example of a hybrid war. Compare – we have a guide port of Tallinn was accused of embezzlement of millions and no one was arrested, while the investigation was conducted. And here for some 50 thousand euros arranged such masks show. Unwittingly comes the idea that all the matter in the Pro-Russian orientation of his media, and his public activities as a member of XRSE”.
In General, everyone who has ever been in the editorial offices of the baltija.ee and three Lebanese source, very much surprised by Kornilov try to present this notorious mafia. Edition occupies two modest rooms on the outskirts of Tallinn, had a couple of staff on all hands the master. If Kornilov wanted to do “Laundry” for Russian money, could be deployed on a large scale.
But many authors Russian portals note that these publications in Estonia are very popular and often on the citation they were left far behind its competitors – the official Estonian media. Therefore, some experts in Estonia linked the arrest with the fact that in this country now more than ever the growing Russophobic sentiment.
“Estonia is home to about 300 thousand Russians, many of them have Russian citizenship and will vote in the upcoming elections to the state Duma,” says Andres Valme. – Although of course the official authorities of Estonia the political activity of Russians on their territory don’t like. Because today, these people vote for the regime in another country, and tomorrow can say, to vote to join it. Do not rule out that such acts of intimidation of leaders of public opinion will be repeated. They will develop the mechanism of administrative pressure, they will discredit, to force the emigration”.
In confirmation of this version says that fact that Alexander Kornilov is not only the publisher of the Pro-Russian media and member of the coordination Council of Russian compatriots, but also the assistant in the state Duma the leader “Fair Russia” Sergey Mikhailovich Mironov.
On Tuesday evening it became known that Alexander Kornilov was released on his own recognizance for a year. As Alexander said after he was released: “it seems that all this detention was necessary only in order to confiscate my phone and computer for a check”.