“No matter what pressure, we do not abandon the Protocol of intentions with the party “United Russia”. We are trying to give up to get him, but we understand that the time will come and someone will have to start a new dialogue with Russia”, – said the newspaper VIEW the member of Parliament of Estonia Vladimir Velman, commenting on the decision of deputies to simplify the situation of the Russian minority in the Republic.
Estonian citizens will be able to apply to the court in the Russian language. Amendments to the legal aid act of the Riigikogu (Parliament) in this regard was made on the eve of the final, third, reading.
“No wonder, even in the Estonian establishment party is perceived with caution, because they have horns sticking out of the fascist”
Still claim to the court was possible only in Estonian, but also, significantly, in English. The court will provide translation of the document into Estonian, but the cost for the transfer will pay the plaintiff.
As the newspaper VIEW, in Estonia in November a new government was established, and then in domestic policy, there have been small concessions to the Russian minority. The fact that the government includes not only the nationalist “Union of Fatherland and Republic” (also known as IRL) and the social Democrats, but also the Centre Party, which was earlier considered as Pro-Russian and even have concluded the contract on cooperation with the party “United Russia”. This fact she still put the blame.
Member of Parliament from the centrist Vladimir Velman recently about it has noticed Estonia’s security is not threatened by contacts with the “United Russia” and the lack thereof. About whether or not to expect from the government a new, albeit small steps towards the Russian-speaking minority, the Deputy of Estonian Parliament Vladimir Velman (Centre Party) told the newspaper VIEW.
Vladimir Velman (photo: Albert Truuväärt/wikipedia.org)
OPINION: Vladimir Nikolaevich, the vote on this seemingly small amendment showed strong metamorphosis with politicians. Deputies from the former ruling reform Party was accused of “betraying” their former partners from the party “Union of Fatherland and Republic” (also known as IRL). Still the reform Party and IRL have said about the danger of such a law. For many years this party is generally considered nationalist, has always opposed concessions to the Russian language. And now she suddenly changed her mind?
Vladimir Velman: I’m always with respect for the IRL, it is the only pure national party in Estonia. It is quite pragmatic, it takes a sensible idea. Believe that at this time inside there was consensus to achieve a more global overall goals.
IRL is really distinguished by the fact that any such amendments were perceived in bayonets. But to the credit of the IRL, they now voted for. They understand that this decision does not affect the position of the state language. However enables people who are not ethnic Estonians, to apply to the court in the Russian language. This is purely a technical and a regulatory amendment to legal aid carried out on a qualitative level.
The issue is not that the proceedings will be conducted in Russian and that those who sue them with legal assistance are given the opportunity to fill out forms in Russian. For the court, they will be translated into Estonian. In fact, people are more actively to engage in the judicial process – with the understanding that they do.
OPINION: During the debate on the amendment the leader of the Estonian conservative people’s party, Martin Helme, said: “What will motivate the Russians to learn Estonian language, even if lead their case in court they will be able to Russian language at the expense of taxpayers?”
V. V.: This is complete nonsense, to handle the case in court in the Russian language, they can not. Proceedings will still be conducted in the state language. Here, nothing changes. Changing only the form of giving of claims in court, and it does not affect the position of the state language in the country.
It was extremely sharp right rhetoric. No wonder, even in the Estonian establishment party is perceived with caution, because they have horns sticking out of the Nazis. It’s even Estonians understand. But under certain conditions a party can strengthen its position, like all right-wing parties in Europe now. They are counting on that, you begin to sound emotional.
OPINION: the New Prime Minister jüri Ratas has promised to expand economic ties with Russia. Is it possible without improving the political? Is there a chance that attitudes not only towards the Russian minority in Estonia, but Russia is also now soften?
Vladimir: the Question is in line with European policy. I don’t think Estonia will be the soloist, in particular, to these links to extend. This will be addressed in the context of changing as American politicians and European. Our party has always been very open in these matters.
No matter what the pressure, we do not abandon the Protocol of intentions with the party “United Russia”. We are trying to give up to get him, but we understand that the time will come and someone will have to start a dialogue with Russia. We look forward to this dialogue and are ready to start.
OPINION: Why the new law has made your party, and your new allies the social Democrats? After all, it just matches your profile, interests, your core voter – Russian?
V. V.: the social-Democrats has long been this idea. There is a struggle for the priorities, who will personally contribute. We did not pull the blanket over himself. This is done with our direct participation and the final word in the government, as Prime Minister jüri Ratas – our.
OPINION: Should we expect new steps towards Russian-speaking minority?
V. V.: the Centrists have always supported such changes.