Luhamaa

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Luhamaa
Luhamaa is located in Estonia
Luhamaa
Luhamaa
Coordinates: 57°37′30″N 27°21′41″E / 57.62500°N 27.36139°E / 57.62500; 27.36139Coordinates: 57°37′30″N 27°21′41″E / 57.62500°N 27.36139°E / 57.62500; 27.36139
Country Estonia
County Võru County
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

Luhamaa is a small area in Misso Parish, Võru County in southeastern Estonia, on the Russian border. The Luhamaa border crossing is located on the European route E77 (road from Pskov to Riga).

The official Luhamaa village was abolished in 1997 by dividing the lands between Hindsa, Määsi and Pruntova villages. The border crossing is officially located on the territory of Lütä village.[1]

On 5 September 2014 Eston Kohver, an Estonian counterintelligence officer, was kidnapped at gunpoint from the border checkpoint, while he was in the process of interdicting a crossborder crime. The abductors had jammed communications and used smoke grenades. The abducted officer was taken to Russia.[2][3][4] Later on the same day the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed the responsibility for the abduction of the officer. The FSB, however, maintains that he was taken from within Russian territory.[5]

Border crossing in Luhamaa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geographical names of Estonia". KNAB, Place Names Database of EKI. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Estonian Counterintelligence Officer Abducted to Russia at Gunpoint". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estonian security officer abducted on border with Russia". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Estonian Officer Abducted Near Border With Russia". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "FSB kinnitas kaitsepolitsei töötaja kinnipidamist" (in Estonian). Retrieved 5 September 2014.