Tallinn Mayor on Official Visit to Moscow
Eestlased Eestis 24 May 2011  EWR
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Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar is visiting Moscow from May 24 to May 26, taking up an invitation from his counterpart in the Russian capital, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

Savisaar will also meet with the Duma's foreign affairs committee chairman Konstantin Kossatšov, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin, and Estonian university students studying in Moscow, according to Tallinn's press service.

The Tallinn delegation will include Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf, Savisaar's adviser Moonika Batrakova, the city's foreign affairs director Heili Luik and the chairman of a non-profit organization Jevgeni Tomberg.

Old Friends
Savisaar's close relationship with the president of Russian Railways exploded into a heated corruption scandal last December, when the national security agency KAPO partially declassified information incriminating the Tallinn Mayor, who is also Centre Party chairman, as well as Deputy Mayor Deniss Boroditsh and other Centre Party members, in an attempt to fund their political campaign with 1.5 million euros of foreign money, in what would be a case of a foreign donor influencing the outcome of domestic elections.

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