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    Sputnik Estonia staffers were forced to terminate their contracts starting 1 January, after receiving threats of jail terms of up to 5 years from the police.

    People hold a rally in Moscow, protesting against Tallinn pressuring Sputnik Estonia journalists. The latter were forced to terminate their contracts from 1 January 2020 upon receiving threats of prison terms of up to five years from the Estonian police.

    The demonstrators, who were dressed in the corporate colour of Sputnik held the protest ahead of a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who is also the current chairman-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), in the Foreign Ministry building.

    Estonian authorities cite the 2014 EU sanctions, imposed on Dmitry Kiselev — the head of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, as a pretext for the actions. The outlet itself, however, has not appeared on any sanctions lists.

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