Russian Party in Estonia

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The Russian Party in Estonia (Estonian: Vene Erakond Eestis, VEE) was a minor political party in Estonia.


The party was originally established as the Russian National Union, a right-of-centre party, in 1920.[1] It received 1% of the national vote in the parliamentary elections that year,[2] winning a single seat in the Riigikogu.[3]

After Estonia regained independence after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Party of Estonia was established in 1994 as the legal successor to the Russian National Union.[4] For the 1995 elections the party formed the "Our Home is Estonia" alliance with the Estonian United People's Party.[5] The alliance won six seats.

The party ran alone in the 1999 elections, receiving 2% of the vote but failing to win a seat.[6][7] The 2003 elections saw the party's vote share fall to just 0.2% as it remained without representation in the Riigikogu. It received 0.2% of the vote again in the 2007 elections and 0.9% in the 2011 elections, failing to win a seat on either occasion.

In 2012 the party merged into the Social Democratic Party.[8]


  1. David James Smith, John Hiden (2012) Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State: National Cultural Autonomy Revisited, Routledge, p64
  2. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p582 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  3. Nohlen & Stöver, p586
  4. Janusz Bugajski (2002) Political Parties of Eastern Europe: A Guide to Politics in the Post-Communist Era, M.E. Sharpe, p78
  5. Nohlen & Stöver, p579
  6. Nohlen & Stöver, p585
  7. Nohlen & Stöver, p587
  8. Social Dems Seal Merger with Russian Party Social Democratic Party
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