President of Estonia They Caris.
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A new president took office in Estonia. On Monday, October 11, 63-year-old Alar Karis was sworn in. This candidacy is quite unexpected, after all, Karis is a biologist, for the last three years he headed the Estonian National Museum and did not rush to the presidency.
And having occupied the position of number 1 right in the inaugural speech, in addition to the obligatory topics like the fight against covid and economic development, he touched on the topic of oppression of Russians in Estonia.
– Free Estonian lessons are given in Russian-speaking kindergartens. But parents can also buy additional classes. They are not available to everyone. That is, inequality is formed already in early childhood. This is the first bottleneck in the life of Russian-speaking children that will affect their future, competitiveness in the labor market, ”Karis said from the rostrum of the parliament.
By the way, Karis himself gives interviews exclusively in Estonian. He assures that ideology has nothing to do with it, just his Russian “rusted”.
“I don’t think interviews in Russian are taboo for the President of Estonia,” he said recently.
At the same time, it seems that the new president has big plans for the kindergartens, where he recognized inequality. The fact is that now in Estonia education is conducted in several languages: some schools and kindergartens work in Estonian, some in Russian, and less in English and German.
In his inaugural speech, the new president of Estonia touched upon the topic of oppression of Russians.
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– If you start building a unified system from kindergartens, children will not learn Estonian, but acquire it. My daughter lived in the Netherlands, when she went to school at the age of 4, and there it is so customary, for six months she spoke Dutch in the same way as local children of her age, ”Karis reasoned in an interview. “So we need to create the right environment. If you look at Narva, for example, this environment is not particularly favorable, because it is Russian-speaking.
Alar Karis became president, one might say, by accident. The incumbent head of state, Kersti Kaljulaid, managed to quarrel with the parliament, which elects the head of state in Estonia, and her candidacy became impassable. Its rival, the leader of the Center Party, Jüri Ratas, was burned out on a luxurious life at the expense of the state, and local deputies did not dare to vote for the ardent Russophobe Henn Põlluaas.
I had to get hold of Karis’s candidacy. He had some experience of civil service: for 4 years he worked as a state controller – this is like the chairman of the Accounts Chamber in Russia. During this time, he managed to pretty much ruffle the nerves of the Estonian establishment with his checks and calls to live within his means. Karis’s department found that the ministers of the mass attribute several years to the age of their official cars in order to quickly write them off and buy new, better ones.