Two prominent citizens of Estonia, in the Soviet Union, have defected to the West because of what other emigres say is an increasing Soviet crackdown on Estonian nationalism.
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Background: ESTONIA, USSR
Two prominent citizens of Estonia, in the Soviet Union, have defected to the West because of what other emigres say is an increasing Soviet crackdown on Estonian nationalism. The Estonian couple were identified (August 14) as 26-year-old Valdo Randpere and his 22-year-old wife, Leila Miller. They fled to Sweden the previous week political asylum. Randpere was a Communist Youth leader and according to emigres, a former senior assistant to the Estonian Minister of Justice. His wife was voted Estonia's top pop star in 1983 by an Estonian magazine. The couple left behind their one-year-old child when they defected following a performance by Leila Miller in neighbouring Finland. The couple took a train to the Finnish port of Helsinki and then an overnight ferry to Sweden. Emigres say there has been a wave of arrests in recent months in Estonia and house searches in the capital city, Tallinn. Recently, the Kremlin called on the Estonian authorities to instil a spirit of Soviet patriotism. Estonia's 1.5 million inhabitants speak a language very close to their Finnish neighbours and are said to be avid watchers of Finnish television.