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M/s Estonia Ferry disaster – were Estonians kidnapped?

Written by Christopher Bollyn

The recent revelations of “enforced disappearances” of two Egyptian “terror suspects” carried out in Sweden in 2001 may shed light on the fate of nine missing survivors from the Estonia catastrophe of 1994.

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Earlier, in an article entitled “Ghost Planes Make Suspects Disappear” ;(American Free Press) reported that a U.S. registered Gulfstream 5 executive jet played a role in the “extraordinary rendition” or ”enforced disappearance” of two Egyptian “terror suspects” from Sweden in 2001.

As reported, there is evidence that a similar abduction may have occurred in Sweden in the days following the Estonia ferry disaster of late September 1994.

According to Swedish journalist Sven Anér, enforced disappearances from Sweden are nothing new. More than 10 years ago, on Sept. 28, 1994, nine Estonian crewmembers, who evidently survived the Estonia ferry disaster, disappeared without a trace.

Documents pertaining to the 1994 and 2001 disappearances from Sweden point to U.S. registered private jets being used in both cases. Anér has provided AFP with airport documents concerning the aircraft suspected of being involved in the abduction of the nine missing Estonians.

Enforced disappearance, according to the Rome Statute of 1998, “means the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.”

Enforced disappearance, a form of kidnapping, is considered a “crime against humanity”, according to the Rome Statute, which Sweden ratified in June 2001.

Disappeared Estonians

Ten years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the Estonia ferry disaster, which took the lives of some 852 people on Sept. 28, 1994, at least nine Estonian crew members, which official survivor lists show having survived the sinking, later mysteriously disappeared in what appears to be a government-organized abduction and enforced disappearance.

While the original survivor lists contain the names of 146 individuals, shortly thereafter the names of 11 crew members, who had been listed as survivors, were deleted without explanation from the lists maintained by the Swedish and Finnish authorities.

Anér has found 15 different original lists of survivors, all of which include the names of 11 Estonian crew members whose names were later deleted. It should be noted that in order for a name to appear on the list, a survivor was required to give his name, date of birth, status and nationality.

There is substantial evidence that at least 9 crewmembers survived the sinking of Estonia and were later abducted and taken to Arlanda airport near Stockholm whence they were flown out of Sweden on two private aircraft.

The abduction of these 9 crew members effectively removed key witnesses who would have been able to testify about the condition of the ship and the cause of the sinking. Chief among these were one of the ship’s captains, Avo Piht, who was on-board but not on duty that night, and Chief Engineer Lembit Leiger. It is thought that the other seven were crewmembers who had shared the same life raft or been rescued with Piht and Leiger in the same helicopter, Y-64.

In the first days after the sinking, it was widely reported that Avo Piht had survived. The Swedish television news program Aktuellt, for example, in the evening of Sept. 28, 1994, reported that Ronald Bergman, director of Nordström & Thulin, the Swedish firm that co-owned the vessel with the Estonian state, had called and informed them that the ship’s captain had survived and was being treated in a hospital in Finland.

Bengt-Erik Stenmark, security chief at the Swedish Maritime Administration told Reuters that the international investigation committee had interviewed Captain Avo Piht. Neither Stenmark nor Reuters has ever retracted this statement.

The German television network ZDF showed a video clip on September 28 of Avo Piht and other survivors arriving at Turku University Hospital in Finland. This video was later confiscated by German intelligence agents, according to Estonia researcher Jutta Rabe.

Leiger’s wife, Kairi, received a call from a relative in Sweden who told her that a Swedish police superintendent named H Strindlund had called to inform them that her husband had survived. Lembit Leiger had reportedly been treated in Stockholm’s Huddinge Hospital and been released on September 29, 24 hours after having been admitted.

The next day, Mrs Leiger spoke to Strindlund herself. Strindlund informed her of the flight details for the plane on which Leiger would be returning to Tallinn – but he never came home.

Along with Piht and Leiger, there are at least seven other “disappeared” crew members, whose names remained on survivor lists for days: The ship’s doctor, Dr Viktor Bogdanov, Kalev Vahtras, Kaimar KikasAgur Targama, Tiina Mür, and the twin sisters, Hannely and Hanka-Hannika Veide. ;

A strange disappearance

In Tallinn, at noon on Sept. 28, 1994, the names of survivors provided by the Estonian Department of Transportation were read over the radio. Kalev Vahtras, the ship’s quartermaster, was one of them.

Silver Linde, a surviving seaman, told Jutta Rabe that he had shared a hospital room in Turku, Finland, with Vahtras. Kalev Vahtras and Linde were friends and the two spoke in the hospital. Vahtras had no noticeable injuries, although his body temperature was low and he was wrapped in blankets, Linde said.
Linde went to visit other survivors and left Kalev alone in the room. When Linde returned with another crewmember, they discovered that Vahtras was gone. His entire bed had vanished.
Linde asked a nurse about Vahtras and was told he had been transferred to another hospital. A survivor list from Turku hospital shows Vahtras’ name and body temperature.
Vahtras’ wife went to Turku and was told her husband was in a hospital in Sweden.
Eventually an unrecognizable and disfigured corpse said to be Vahtras was returned to Estonia with a death certificate which read: Drowned in the Baltic Sea. Linde is serving a 9-year prison sentence in Finland, the victim of a framed charge of drug trafficking.

The censored rescue

Aftonbladet, the Swedish daily, reported on the day of the sinking that rescue worker Kenneth Svensson, on a rescue trip with Swedish Navy helicopter Y-64, rescued 9 people at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 28. Half an hour later, according to Aftonbladet, the helicopter took the rescued to Huddinge Hospital in Stockholm, arriving at 4:30 a.m., with nine persons, one of whom was dead. There is, however, no information as to who these 9 people were.

The early rescue by Kenneth Svensson, however, was completely censored from the final report (JAIC), published three years later. According to the final report, Y-64 only rescued one person at 5:10 a.m. Svensson received a medal for heroic service from Sweden’s supreme commander Owe Wictorin and was requested not to discuss the matter.

As AFP reported earlier, it was Owe Wictorin who authorized the smuggling of Soviet weapons technology on Estonia in the first place. There was an agreement between Wictorin and the commissioner of customs, Ulf Larsson, for a specific senior customs officer to clear the contraband materials, without any inspection, on arrival in Stockholm. At least two shipments of Soviet weapons technology had been delivered on Estonia under this arrangement in September 1994.
Jan Lindqvist, information chief for Sweden’s civil aviation administration, provided Anér with documentation of two private planes that left Stockholm’s Arlanda airport carrying a total of 9 unregistered passengers on the 28th and 29th of September.

The first plane, a Boeing 727-200, then registered VR-CLM, belonged to Larmag Aviation Cayman Ltd. a Bermuda-based company owned by Lars-Erik Magnusson, a Swedish casino owner and real estate mogul who became invested heavily in an oil and gas scheme in Turkmenistan in 1994 with funds taken from another firm, Fermenta.

The 161-seat Larmag 727 arrived from Amsterdam on the evening of Sept. 27 without passengers or cargo and left at 8:54 p.m. on Sept. 28 with 4 unregistered passengers headed for Amsterdam.
The second plane, a Gulfstream 4, registered N971L, belongs to International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) of Los Angeles, California. ILFC, an aircraft leasing company, was founded by Leslie Gonda, born Lazlo Goldschmied in Hungary. Today, Maurice R. Greenberg’s American International Group (AIG) owns ILFC and Greenberg sits on the board of directors with Gonda. The ILFC Gulfstream arrived at about 11 p.m. on the 28th without passengers from Amsterdam and left at 5:13 on the 29th with 5 unregistered passengers bound for Bangor, Maine.

AFP inquired at ILFC about who was operating the plane at the time. April Rotondi wrote that “no one” at ILFC can help with this request and hung up when asked on the phone.
Anér told AFP that there was an understanding at Arlanda that invoices for the ILFC Gulfstream were sent to the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm. In his book Mayday, about the Estonia catastrophe, Anér says, “I am convinced that both these ghost planes are connected to the Estonia catastrophe.”
AFP asked Lindqvist about Anér’s information. “I trust the information I gave Sven Anér,” Lindqvist said. Asked about the Kalla Fakta exposé that a Gulfstream 5, registered to phony front companies in the U.S., was involved in the “enforced disappearance” of two Egyptians in 2001, Lindqvist said: “Through my internal sources, I know that everything in the program is correct.”

______ Free Press.

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Suspected serial killer arrested in Estonia

37-year old Andres Võsa, arrested for murder of 21 year old Erika Adamas, has confessed another murder. His newest victim is 55 year old Karin Mikiver, who was suspect’s neighbour – they lived in the same house – in Audru, Pärnumaa.

Andres Võsa


Suspect in gruesome murders has already been convicted of homicide as well as arson.

Suspect said the motive for the killing of 21 year old, was robbery, which is probably incorrect. Accused killer said he wanted to steal woman’s laptop, however sexual assault is very likely. 55 year old victim went missing in November, last year. Her body parts were found in local river by divers today. Suspect has confessed both murders.21 year old Erika went missing in April on her way to her boyfriend’s house just few yards away and her body was found the next day. She was buried close to the local cemetry.
Perpetrator has been charged with two counts of murder.

He was sentenenced to life in prison, which in Estonia means minimum of 30 years.


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Murder Most Foul: Jealousy, passion and crime

Shocking end of the birthday party as victim attacked with an ax, set on fire.

love,murder-1296a6db4e72422ae88fe9a22c52ee16_hBirthday celebration ended in the brutal murder last Friday in Estonia, in small village called Kuusiku (Tartu County).

Reportedly there was an argument  between men that attended the party. Police say a motive for the killing was jealousy.

The victim, 26 year old Kristjan was attacked with an ax, then dragged into a field and set on fire. Police cannot say whether the victim was still alive when his attackers poured gasoline on his body to set him alight.

Initially five people were taken into custody. Three of them were released, two suspects are now in custody on suspicion of murder.

One of the suspects is victim’s 21 brother Kristo. Another suspect, 19 year old Erkki has admitted the killing.

It was reported that the woman has dated both brothers, she has two children with younger brother Kristo. The woman also allegedly dated Erkki, who is her step-brother. Erkki’s father and woman’s mother have been in the relationship in the past.

Estonian press describes killing as ‘crime of passion’.


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INTERPOL-led operation to track international fugitives calls for public assistance

Interpoli operatsiooni Infra-Red käigus, milles osaleb 29 riiki üle maailma, otsitakse 13 Eestis tagaotsitavaks kuulutatud kurjategijat.

Tegemist on peamiselt inimestega, kes on süüdi mõistetud või keda kahtlustatakse rasketes isikuvastastes kuritegudes. Most fugitives are suspected or convicted of very serious crimes: homicides,armed robberies, sexual assults etc

Estonian fugitives sought by Interpol/Eestis tagaotsitavad kurjategijad

Meelis Rihe, 12.06.1970, süüdimõistetud mõrvakatses/convicted of an attempted murder

Andrei Ivanov, 13.08.65, kahtlusalune mörvas ja raske tervisekahjustuse tekitamises/ suspected of murder and aggravated assult

Juri Han, 09.12.1972 , kahtlustatav seksuaalkuritegudes ja röövimistes/suspected of several crimes, sexual assaults and robberies

Mohammad Yaqub Haidari
, 15.06 1962, tax crimes, staying possibly in Aghanistan

Michael Piotr Kuzia
, 30.09.1978, kahtlustatakse pangaröövis/suspected in bank armed robbery, possibly in Ireland

Arvi Salong, 6.5.1969, raha väljapetmine suures ulatuses/suspected of the money fraud, possibly in Finland

Kain Laidvee, 1302.1970, rasked narkokuriteod, drug trafficking, possibly in Spain

Alex Puškin, 24.01.1978, suspected of 39 diffrent crimes such as thefts and robberies, hiding possibly in Spain, Germany or Russia

Viktor Kurjakov,02.02.1959 süüdistatav tapmiskatses,charged with attempted murder, possibly hiding in Russia.

Roman Lintshenko, 20.02.1978, suspected of illegal weapon and explosive trafficking, hiding in Russia.

Armen Oganesjan,03.10,1964 kahtlustatav tahtlikus tapmises/murder suspect, hiding in Russia.

Afrail Alijev, 21.09.1942, kahtlustatav tahtlikus tapmises/ murder suspect, hiding in Russia

Aleksandr Jerner, 30.04.1942 , röövid väljapressimised/suspected of several crimes, robberies and extortion, hiding in Russia