Rein Lang

Rein Lang

Rein Lang, born July 4 1957 in Tartu, Estonian SSR, is an Estonian politician, a member of the Estonian Reform Party since 1995, and a diplomat. He is currently serving as the Minister of Justice.cite web|url=| ]

Personal life

Lang's father was appointed to work at the Soviet embassy in Helsinki. [Postimees February 22, 2005: [ Soome ajaleht: Lang on «kõva pähkel»] ] Consequently, Rein Lang grew partly up in Finland, becoming a fluent speaker of Finnish. He has championed Finnish-Estonian relations.Lang got the basic and highschool education in Tallinn English College (then known as 7th Highscool of Tallinn) and graduated "cum laude" from University of Tartu in 1980, acquiring a degree in law.

Lang is in cohabitation with Ulvi Kuusk, whom he met in 1979, [Äripäev 2 February 2007: [ Rein Lang — Lapsesuu või PR-guru?] ] and has a teenage (as of 2007) daughter.


From 1980 to 1983, Rein Lang belonged to Injurkollegija, a specialised attorney organisation for foreign legal relations of the USSR. This was his first job after graduation. Lang participated in "Constitutional Assembly of Republic of Estonia" ( _et. Eesti Vabariigi Põhiseaduslik Assamblee) tasked to write the Constitution of Estonia enacted in 1992.Fact|date=July 2007

In the later years of the Soviet Union, starting in 1986, Lang worked in the entertainment business. He has been a deputy director of the Linnahall and in 1989 became a deputy director of club 'Muusik' (Estonian for 'Musician'). In 1990, he became CEO of AS Laulusillad (Estonian for "Song Bridges"), and in 1991–2001 served at various positions in AS TRIO, along with Hans H. Luik establishing and running the first politically independent radio station in post-Soviet Estonia, Radio Kuku. Over the next several years, Lang launched two more radio stations, Radio Uuno, a music-only radio station, and the Russian language Radio Tallinn (later renamed Radio 100). In 2002, Lang and Luik sold their radio interest to their then co-partner from the United States, Metromedia International Group Inc.

In Radio Kuku, Lang regularly appeared in talkshows, ending up gaining considerable reputation as a political commentator.Eesti Päevaleht 30 June 2007: [ Rein Lang (50)] ] His most popular programme, the weekly 'Midday Hour' ( _et. Keskpäevatund), has become legendary, and a subject of a number of jokes mostly associated with Valdo Jahilo. 'State of the state' ( _et. Olukorrast riigis) was also popular.

Following his departure from the media business, Lang served as deputy mayor of Tallinn in 2001–2003 and as a member of Riigikogu in 2003–2005. He served as the Deputy Speaker of Riigikogu and Chairman of its European Affairs Committee. In 2005, Lang was the minister of Foreign Affairs for two months, from February to April. With the resignation of Juhan Parts, the prime minister at that time, a new cabinet was proposed by Andrus Ansip; there, Lang would serve as the Minister of Justice, a position he officially took when the new cabinet took an oath on April 12, 2005. As the Estonian Minister of Justice, Lang was involved in the Constitutional Pilsener project.

Press Enemy of 2004

In 2004, the Estonian Newspaper Association ( _et. Eesti Ajalehtede Liit) labelled Lang the 'Year's Press Enemy'. [Estonian Newspaper Association 10 December 2004: [ Pressisõber on Marko Pomerants, pressivaenlane Rein Lang] ] The explanation provided in the press release cited Lang's snobbish attitude towards press, exemplified by an email response in which Lang asked a county newspaper's correspondent to "not bother" him with any more requests for information. Lang has disputed this characterisation, and implied that Toomas Leito, leader of the Estonian Newspaper Association, was following a policy of But you are lynching Negroes. [Postimees 8 January 2005: [ Liberaalne Molekul] , interview by Priit Pullerits]

Controversial "Delfi bill"

In autumn of 2005, Lang initiated a bill that would have allowed penalising web portals for anonymous commentary left by their visitors. The bill, nicknamed "Delfi bill" ( _et. Delfi eelnõu) after an Estonian web portal commonly associated with poorly thought out and scatological commentary, was widely criticised and ended up rejected by Riigikogu. [ November 1, 2005: [ Sõnavabadus internetis ohus] ] Among other concerns, critics commonly pointed out that Delfi belonged to a media concern competing with AS TRIO, and questioned the minister's neutrality: "The Ministry of Culture can only be tidied up by a grenade, thrown in through its window." [Keskpäevatund, quoted in [ Sõnavabadus internetis ohus] ]

Birthday party controversy

On July 4, 2007, Rein Lang celebrated his 50th birthday at a beer restaurant in Tartu, Estonia.Eesti Ekspress July 4, 2007: [ Langi juubelil "Adolf"] by Alan Proosa] The party featured a performance of the play Adolf, an award-winning anti-fascist [Pip Utton, describing the play on a [ promotional website] .] Postimees July 6, 2007: [ Rein Langi juubelipidu äratas huvi Vene meedias] ] [Eesti Päevaleht July 6, 2007: [ Vene meedia haaras Rein Langi sünnipäeva mõnuga hambusse] , edited by Tuuli Aug] citing an Estonian newspaper which recalled a scandal that happened three years ago, when Prince Harry had a swastika on his sleeve during a birthday party.REGNUM July 5, 2007: [ Estonian justice minister “decorates” his birthday party with swastika] ]

This distortion was widely covered in the Estonian news media.Postimees July 6, 2007: [ Rein Langi juubelipidu äratas huvi Vene meedias] ] [Eesti Päevaleht July 6, 2007: [ Vene meedia haaras Rein Langi sünnipäeva mõnuga hambusse] , edited by Tuuli Aug] The Nochnoy Dozor group has in Russian media made calls for the Minister of Justice to resign over the event. [ITAR-TASS July 5, 2007: [ Estonian minister marks jubilee under aegis of Nazi Swastika] ] In an explanatory opinion article, Lang stated "The Republic of Estonia has condemned Nazi crimes and my birthday was attended by people who, without exception, despise fascism."psychological warfare. [Postimees 28 July 2007: [ TV3: vabadusvõitlejate kokkutulekut jälgis RTRi võttegrupp] ]

"Wikigate" incident

On 23 July 2007, Lang's article on Wikipedia was edited by a user identifying as "Kairioun", removing a large section on Lang's birthday controversy. [Postimees 25 July 2007: [ Langi nõunik toimetas ministri kohta käivat artiklit Wikipedias] ] [Eesti Päevaleht 26 July 2007: [ Langi nõunik üritas parandada ministrit käsitlevat Wikipedia artiklit] by Jan Jõgis-Laats] After these deletions were consistently reverted, another user by the alias of Gerog112 performed a similar deletion many times, resulting in a 24-hour restriction of editing privileges (sometimes mistakenly reported as a three-month restriction), and made a number of bizarre statements in Estonian. News media quickly traced the user Kairioun to Kairi Õun, an advisor of Lang, leading to considerable coverage of the incident, which Henrik Roonemaa, in an analysis session in Tehnokratt, dubbed "Wikigate". [Tehnokratt 28 July 2007: [ tehnokratt vikipeediast ja reeglitest] ] Gerog112's real life identity remains unknown. The resulting publicity attracted a number of new Estonian editors to Wikipedia.


External links

* [ Official blog] , sponsored by the Estonian Reform Party
* A [ news item] by Rossiya, the national TV channel of Russian Federation.

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