>It really, really, is.
Of course, despite the extreme nationalism of the people and how the government has been treating their Russians who were born there.
I guess that deserves some explanation.
When the Soviet Union fell apart all these countries (i.e. Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) regained their Independence. During the time of the USSR many Russians moved to these places for jobs, settled and had families. These people and their children went to Russian schools, lived in Russian ghettos, and lived a life purely Russian. When the Soviet Union collapsed the Russians born in these countries were now stuck there with possibly little knowledge of the native tongue, given a passport that says ALIEN and were discriminated against for employment, especially is they could hear your Russian accent. So are they citizens of nowhere?
Of course I have nothing to say on the matter because I have no idea how the USSR treated these countries or oppressed the people at that time. Maybe for them it is just payback time, and the extreme nationalism is a direct result of having no right to a cultural identity for years.
Feel free to correct me on these facts if you know more about it than I do. It is just what I’ve heard from various Russians working onboard.
Estonia is due to join the EU soon and I wonder if this will change their situation.
I enjoyed my free Wi–Fi from the town, and sat in this very affordable Pelmeni cafe.
Pelmeni is a Russian perogi, half the size, and often filled with meat or soft cheese. I have heard a lot about this food and haven’t had much of a chance to try it (except from a great kiosk in Juneau, Alaska which I would frequent as much as possible)
In case you are ever in Tallinn, here is the place’s address
Sauna 2, Tallinn