Nochnoy Dozor (group)
Nochnoy Dozor (Russian: Ночной дозор, Night Watch, Estonian: Öine Vahtkond) is a group of mostly Russophone political activists living in Estonia. It was set up in the summer of 2006, with its original declared goal of defending the Bronze Soldier, a monument grave marker in Tallinn, near the Estonian National Library and next to a trolleybus stop, against "defacing, relocation and exhumation".
The group has made a number of public statements dubbing various Estonian politicians as Nazis and calling for their resignation. These statements are often rapidly taken up by Russian language media channels. Following the relocation of Bronze Soldier of Tallinn in April 2007, the group called for resignation of the whole Estonian cabinet of ministers. According to an article in the Estonian Postimees, during July 2007 the group was instrumental in constructing a controversy over the 50th birthday party of Rein Lang, Estonian Minister of Justice; Nochnoy Dozor was involved in calling for Lang's resignation.
The group is also semi-humorously referred to as Nochnoy Pozor (Night Shame) after its well-recognized chant of Pozor! Pozor! (Russian for Shame! Shame!) in the course of the day preceding the Bronze Night,
Devaluation panic affair
On November 25, 2007, the group spread disinformation about supposed secret devaluation of the Estonian Kroon. The Security Police started an investigation of the matter. The accusation is based on a message published at organization's message board  that originated from the portal Arif where it appeared under header "Business training. This is a game's scenario". Originally, the message had been posted at organization's forum without any references to Arif's website and without mentioning "This is a game's scenario" part from Arif.ee website. Later, after speculation in local media and blogs mentioning Nochnoy Dozor's forum as a source, a link to Arif's website was added on Nochnoy Dozor's forum and a message describing the news post as a game as well appeared.
"Singling out" subcontroversy
The Russian news portal Newsru.com incorrectly reported that the press secretary of the Security Police told the media that the organization singled out Nochnoy Dozor because of this organization's connections to Russia. Newsru quoted him as saying that while there was no ground for the criminal investigation, the investigation can continue on different grounds.
This report turned out to be a fabrication; the press release contains no mention of "singling out" Nochnoy Dozor nor the supposed plans to continue an official criminal investigation.
- Telegraph.co.uk: Estonia blames memorial violence on Russia
- Statement from the Night Watch official website
- Venelased süüdistavad valitsust vandalismis (Estonian)
- Äärmuslaste aktsioonide tagant paistab Vene diplomaatide vari (Estonian)
- ITAR-TASS: Three activists of Night Watch movement detained in Estonia
- RIA Novosti: Russian-Estonian relations: stuck between a rock and a hard place
- "CIA - The World Factbook -- Estonia". Central Intelligence Agency. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-07. Archive at WebCite
- Postimees July 6, 2007: Rein Langi juubelipidu äratas huvi Vene meedias
- Eerik-Niiles Kross 26 June 2006: Notšnoi pozor, printed in Eesti Päevaleht
- Kapo: krooni «devalveerimispäeva» mainiti esimesena portaalis Arif (Estonian)
- "Ночной дозор" распространяет дезинформацию
- Nochnoy Dozor's forum
- Полиция Эстонии проверяет роль организации "Ночной дозор" в истории с валютной паникой
- Kapo siiski uurib krooni devalveerimise valeteate tagamaid (Estonian)
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