The General Staff of the Defense Forces said Monday that Major Riho Uhtegi has been transferred to cadre reserve "due to service demands," but experts believe his dismissal is directly related to recent reports in the media that the Estonian military intelligence had been involved in "illegal activities."
Estonian newspaper Eesti Ekspress reported last week that military intelligence officers have been spying on defense ministry's staff and made attempts to recruit informers among officers, politicians and journalists.
General Laaneots and Defense Minister Jurgen Ligi have ordered an investigation into the activities of the country's military intelligence, demanding the personal relations between defense ministry officials be examined.
Eesti Ekspress has been published since September 1989 and is the flagship of Estonian investigating journalism. The journalists at Eesti Ekspress have won the investigative journalism award - the Bonnier Award - on numerous occasions.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.