The government discussed and did not grant citizenship to applicants who had been in trouble with the law

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 11 June 2020 – According to the proposal of the Minister of the Interior Mart Helme, the government decided not to grant citizenship to five applicants who have committed both criminal and misdemeanour offences, and could only have been granted Estonian citizenship exceptionally.

Under the Citizenship Act, Estonian citizenship is not granted or restored to a person who has committed a criminal offence for which he or she has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of more than one year and whose sentence has not been erased, or who has been repeatedly punished in criminal proceedings for intentional offences.