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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tallinn Treason Charge

TALLINN, Estonia () -- Estonia's security police have brought treason charges Friday against the leader of a group of Russians living in the former Soviet republic.


Security police spokeswoman Helle Sagris said Friday that Yury Mishkin, leader of the Russian Citizens Union, was charged with treason, which carries a prison term of up to 10 years. Sagris said at a May 1 rally in Narva, a city on the Russian border, Mishkin called for "storming the border checkpoint."


A day earlier, Russia expelled an Estonian diplomat for "activities incompatible with his diplomatic status," a reference to spying. The Estonian was kicked out in retaliation for the expulsion of a Russian Embassy official from Tallinn, Russian Foreign Ministry officials said.