Estonian prime minister Tiit Vahi told the country on radio that the security service has arrested Tiit Madisson, a former political prisoner in Soviet labor camps and well-known figure in the independence movement of the final Soviet years. Madisson is accused of leading an alleged conspiracy by an organization named Liberation Army to overthrow the government by force and institute an authoritarian regime to be led by military commanders. However, the commander of Estonia’s defense forces, Johannes Kert, dismissed Madisson’s documents as mere bluff, and his references to a Liberation Army and to arms in its possession as fictitious. Kert stressed that the situation in the armed forces is fully under control. Madisson leads the Estonian Nationalists’ Central Union, a lawful and marginal political group (BNS, June 3)
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