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Soviet Authorities Expel Five Estonians

April 2, 1988 GMT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ An Estonian nationalist, his family and the wife of another nationalist were kicked out of the Soviet Union on Saturday, according to a spokesman for a Stockholm-based Estonian nationalist organization.

Mart Kikerpuu, spokesman for Hjalpcentralen, an organization which specializes in helping political refugees from the Soviet republic, said one of the expelled, Jaan Nomm, held a nationalistic speech in Tallinn last Feb. 24, on the 70th anniversary of Estonia’s pre-Soviet independence.

The organization said this was why he was forced to leave.

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Nomm was accompanied by his wife and two children, Kikerpuu said.

His oldest son, Eke-Part Nomm, a Buddhist activist, was expelled to Sweden on Feb. 13 along with another Buddhist, Vello Vaartnou.

The fifth Estonian who arrived in Sweden Saturday was the wife of Vaartnou, Kikerpuu said.