Articles by Michael Tarm



Stalin's Beloved Pianos Play Well in America

  • 30 June 04
  • The Associated Press
More than 50 years after Josef Stalin set up the Soviet Union's premier piano plant in this Baltic Sea state, the despot's favorite pianos are back in red-hot demand -- in the United States.

Secrets of the Past Lie Beneath the Baltic Sea

  • 20 January 04
  • The Associated Press
Vello Mass leans across a wood-spoked ship's wheel and scans the horizon of the Baltic Sea -- where, he says, the wrecks of thousands of ships from throughout the ages lie beneath the cold, gray waves waiting to be found.

Patriarch's Visit to Estonia Seen as a Mending of Ties

  • 26 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II arrived in Estonia on Thursday for a five-day visit, his first since a bitter dispute over the status of faithful in the country once threatened to split Orthodox Christians worldwide.

Baltic Russians Pose Challenge to the EU

  • 22 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Some 2 million ethnic Russians, Ukrainians and Belarussians will enter the European Union's fold in 2004 -- after Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania voted to join the expanding bloc.

Estonia Gives Big Yes to EU Entry

  • 16 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Estonians on Monday celebrated the successful passage of a referendum giving the country membership in the European Union.

Escapee Who Can't Forget Opens Tallinn Museum

  • 29 July 03
  • The Associated Press
Olga Ritso rarely slept at home during her early 20s because it was in the darkness that jack-booted Stalinist police burst into Estonian homes to spirit their victims away.

Lithuanians Approve Entry Into EU

  • 13 May 03
  • The Associated Press
Election officials said Monday returns showed 91 percent of Lithuanians voted in favor of joining the European Union, while 9 percent voted ""no.""

Lithuanians Go to Polls in EU Vote

  • 12 May 03
  • The Associated Press
Lithuanian fears that not enough voters would turn out for the country's referendum on joining the EU vanished Sunday as officials said 60 percent of voters had cast ballots.

E-Banking Clicks With Cybersavvy Estonians

  • 23 April 03
  • The Associated Press
Banking is actually booming in this former Soviet republic -- via Internet. The number of Estonians who bank online soared from zero in 1997 to 700,000 this year.

Coalition Talks Start After Close Estonia Vote

  • 04 March 03
  • The Associated Press
Estonia's center-right parties have a clear edge in forging a new government with 60 of the 101 seats.

Estonians Vote for a New Government

  • 03 March 03
  • The Associated Press
The six main parties generally agree on Estonia's pro-Western drive to join the European Union and NATO.

In Baltics, There's No Consensus Over Iraq

  • 11 February 03
  • The Associated Press
Activists, opposition parties and major dailies in the Baltic states have sharply criticized their leaders for backing the United States' Iraq policy, calling it counter to overwhelming public opinion against any war.

Young Estonian Trio Designs Controversial Kazaa Software

  • 05 February 03
  • The Associated Press
When software developer Niklas Zennstrom cast about for help in writing the Kazaa file-sharing software, colleagues raised eyebrows when he chose three unheralded youths from Estonia.

Baltics Ponder Rail Link to Europe

  • 23 January 03
  • The Associated Press
The Baltic states may be on the fast track to the European Union -- but officials complain that rail links to Europe are going nowhere.

Loud Cheers, Champagne and a Shave

  • 22 November 02
  • The Associated Press
Champagne corks popped, legislators cheered and one leader shaved his beard as eastern Europeans celebrated Thursday after receiving invitations to join NATO.

Skeletons Prove Cold Killed Napoleon's Men

  • 03 September 02
  • The Associated Press
Arunas Barkus pokes at a leg bone in a pile of skeletal remains, tagged No. 151 and sprawled on an autopsy table at Vilnius University. At the touch of his fingers, marrow crumbles into the dust of one of history's most catastrophic military adventures.

Metal Goes Medieval

  • 02 August 02
  • The Associated Press
Ranked alongside Denmark's Roskilde, Britain's Glastonbury and the Rock am Ring in Germany, Budapest's week-long Sziget (Island) Festival kicked off for the 10th time on Wednesday.

Metal Goes Medieval

  • 02 August 02
  • The Associated Press
Ranked alongside Denmark's Roskilde, Britain's Glastonbury and the Rock am Ring in Germany, Budapest's week-long Sziget (Island) Festival kicked off for the 10th time on Wednesday.

Estonian Bourse Ties Up With Helsinki Exchange

  • 26 February 02
  • The Associated Press
Tallinn's stock market has merged with Finland's HEX allowing brokers worldwide to trade Estonian shares.

Euroskeptic Estonians Fear Joining Yet Another Union

  • 08 February 02
  • The Associated Press
Igor Grazin laments that every new government since Estonia regained independence from the Soviet Union -- including the newest one -- has promptly declared European Union membership a No. 1 priority.

Estonian Government Resigns

  • 09 January 02
  • The Associated Press
Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar resigned Tuesday, following through on an earlier pledge to step down.

OSCE's Tallinn Office Says Work's Over, Time to Close

  • 26 November 01
  • The Associated Press
The OSCE will leave Estonia satisfied with the progress made during the organization's 8-year presence.

Murder of Russian Publisher Shocks Estonians

  • 13 March 01
  • The Associated Press
The weekend murder of a Russian newspaper publisher shocked Estonians who were outraged it apparently happened in front of his nine-year-old grandson.

U.S. NRG Energy Buys 49% Of Estonia's 2 Power Plants

  • 26 August 00
  • The Associated Press
NRG Energy signed an agreement Friday to buy 49 percent of Estonia's main power generation plants.

Nationwide Gene Bank to Be Set Up in Estonia

  • 12 August 00
  • The Associated Press
Estonia has given initial approval to plans to set up one of the world's first nationwide gene banks.

Estonians Angered by Sale of Power Stations

Baltic Sectors Discuss Energy Mergers

Estonia Gets Help With Soviet Waste

Baltics Harbor Y2K Fears of Russian Power

Lithuania Debugs Nuclear Power Plant