In 1949 21,000 Estonians were deported to remote parts of the Soviet Union. They were forced to go without trial and only half of the people deported returned to Estonia.
Estonia and Russia
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Contact with the West was limited and closely monitored. Very few Estonians were allowed to travel and relatives coming to Estonia had to stay in assigned hotels under the watch of the KBG. Many Estonians listened to Western radio stations and read newspapers that were smuggled into the country.
Estonia and America
What a nice day to sail the Baltic Sea.
Estonia was behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. People weren't allowed to leave Estonia and escape was illegal. Pop culture and music were able to get through the Iron Curtain and Estonia was sometimes called the "Soviet West".
Under Russia's rule Estonians had to serve in Russia's army and participate in their military campaigns. The Soviet power caused state-wide terror and there were massive human rights violations.
I am here to tell you that you have to join the Russian army.
America used Estonia for more immediate contact to the Soviet Union. The Baltic Sea was used by people working with Western intelligence organizations until radio intelligence came along.