The headline from Interfax reads: "Moscow to back Russians' struggle for rights in Baltic States - Putin." How is that news? I've been reading this stuff from Interfax and RIA Novosti for nearly two years now, and every few months they run the same headline with the same message.
President Valdimir Putin, addressing the World Congress of Compatriots in St. Petersburg, said: "I cannot fail to mention the well-known fact of mass denial of citizenship rights in Latvia and Estonia. There are about 600,000 so-called non-citizens there, who are permanent residents."
The Estonian foreign ministry has replied -- in English -- by updating its tables on citizenship in Estonia. The last update was in April, during a similar anti-Baltic citizenship laws campaign.
According to the ministry, the number of stateless persons in Estonia is down to 8.8 percent of the total population, or 120,511. So far a little more than 4,000 people have received citizenship this year. Over the past five years about 5,900 people have been naturalized per year. So perhaps Ansip was right when he said that this issue would "disappear" by 2015. I don't know - how do you think this issue will resolve itself?