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June 20, 2023

Estonia Bans Kremlin Activist for 10 Years & Revokes Her

The Internal Security Service of Estonia has announced that they have revoked the residence permit of a Kremlin activist and have issued a ten-year Schengen ban.

According to the Estonian Internal Security Service, they agreed together with the Border Guard to revoke the residence permit of Zoja Paljamar.

Moreover, the decision to ban Paljamar from entering Estonia and the Schengen Area for a period of ten years was also taken in accordance with the country’s current laws, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Announcing the news of the decision to revoke the residence permit and issue a ten-year ban for the Kremlin activist, the Estonian Internal Security Service said that she is linked to an influence network.

“Serving Kremlin’s hostile and aggressive politics will have consequences.

The police granted our motion and revoked the Estonian residence permit of Zoja Paljamar, a Kremlin activist linked to others involved in Russia’s influence network. Also banned from Schengen for ten years,” the Estonian Internal Security Service wrote on its official Twitter account.

In addition to the above-mentioned, the Internal Security Service stressed that the residence permit of Paljamar has been revoked for security reasons, and the same noted that the authorities want to prevent any possible crimes from occurring in the future in the territory of Estonia.

The residence permit is revoked for security reasons if there is a reason to see a threat to the constitutional order and to prevent possible crimes in the future.

“The residence permit is revoked for security reasons if there is a reason to see a threat to the constitutional order and to prevent possible crimes in the future,” the Internal Security Service of Estonia wrote.

Moreover, the Internal Security Service further stressed that Paljamar is currently in the Russian Federation, meaning that she has already left Estonia.

This is not the first time that Estonia has taken measures towards activists and other Russian citizens. Nonetheless, not all measures are linked to the same reasons as above.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Estonia decided to introduce strict measures for all citizens of Russia.

Earlier in April, the Estonian authorities said that they would deny entry to all Russians fleeing military mobilisation in their country.

In this regard, the deputy secretary general for internal security in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Estonia, Veiko Kommusaar, said back then that such a measure was necessary to protect Estonia and the EU as a whole.

On the other hand, strict rules do not apply to students, doctors, and academic staff from Russia, as they have been exempted from the rules.