Tallinn feels palpably Scandinavian with its polished old-town brick, seaside positioning and glut of cool cafes.
After traveling and hiding for a month, he showed up in Tallinn, Estonia, last week and asked for political asylum.
Tallinn, he boasts, is a favorite destination for liberal Russians seeking escape from their more authoritarian society.
Suggest Warsaw, Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn keep an eye out for masked men with guns wearing camouflage and no military insignia.
often said to be from a Germanic source akin to east, but perhaps rather from a native name meaning "waterside dwellers."
Republic on the Baltic Sea, bordered by Latvia to the south, Russia to the east, and, separated by the Gulf of Finland, Finland to the north. Estonia also includes several hundred small islands in the Baltic. Its capital and largest city is Tallinn.
Note: Although more closely related by race, language, culture, and history to Scandinavia and Germany than to Russia, after 1721 Estonia was subject to Russian rule. The country briefly achieved independence in the years between World War I and World War II. It resisted integration with the Soviet Union but was forcibly annexed in 1940. In 1991, Estonia was one of the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence as the communist system and the Soviet Union collapsed.