Crimea scenario improbable in Estonian Narva
The developments in Crimea have roused fears in Estonia that a similar scenario could occur in Narva.
Almost all the inhabitants of this city on the border with Russia speak Russian. The director of Narva College, Katri Raik, sees no reason to worry for the time being.
What would happen if Narva were to hold a referendum? Would its residents want to live in Estonia or in Putin’s Russia? Anyone with any common sense – and believe me, people here are quite normal – would want to live in Estonia. Because life here is better, more stable, the pensions are higher, we have social welfare. People in Narva know what they would chose because they often travel to Ivangorod.
… Ivangorod is a small provincial town that lives from the money it gets from Narva and from smuggling. As long as there are no Russian troops stationed on our territory or on the border on the other side of the Narva River, everything is fine. If Russian troops were visibly present, the people’s mood – or at least that of the older generation – would change.