Useful to know

Reporting of suspicions of corruption

Corruption should be reported if there is reasonable doubt that an official, to your knowledge, has for example violated an Act, misused power or committed any other offence. Corruption can be reported to the Internal Security Service 24-hour Confidential Hotline (+372) 612 1455.

 

Reporting of other information of possible interest for the Internal Security Service

The main functions of the Estonian Internal Security Service are maintenance of constitutional order and territorial integrity of the Republic of Estonia, protection of state secrets, counterintelligence and fight against terrorism and corruption. If you have information of a threat to the security of the Republic of Estonia or information which in your opinion might be of assistance to the work of the Estonian Internal Security Service, be sure to contact us. You can get in touch with us 24 h by dialling (+372) 612 1455 or short number 12455. It is helpful if you can say how you received the information. If you wish, your personal information will be held confidential.

 

Which crimes are within the investigative jurisdiction of the Internal Security Service?

Crimes that fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the Estonian Internal Security Service are stipulated in the following two legal acts:

  • Code of Criminal Procedure § 212 subsections 1 and 4
  • Government of the Republic Regulation No. 193 of 19 July 2007 "Investigative Jurisdiction between the Police Board inclusive of the agencies under its administration and the Estonian Internal Security Service"

The following criminal offences fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the Estonian Internal Security Service:

  • crime against humanity (Penal Code § 89);
  • genocide (Penal Code § 90);
  • aggression (Penal Code § 91);
  • propaganda for war (Penal Code § 92);
  • manufacture and distribution of prohibited weapons (Penal Code § 93);
  • piracy (Penal Code § 110);
  • hijacking of aircraft (Penal Code § 111);
  • attacks against flight safety (Penal Code § 112);
  • manslaughter, if committed by using an explosive device or explosive substance (Penal Code § 114 clause 7);
  • incitement of hatred, if it causes the death of a person or results in damage to health or other serious consequences or if it was committed by a person who has previously been punished by such act or if it was committed by a criminal organisation  (Penal Code § 151 subsection 2 );
  • high treason against the Republic of Estonia (Penal Code § 231);
  • treason (Penal Code § 232);
  • non-violent acts committed by alien against independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Estonia (Penal Code § 233);
  • espionage (Penal Code § 234);
  • unconstitutional organisations (Penal Code § 235);
  • incitement to commit criminal offence against the Republic of Estonia (Penal Code § 236);
  • acts of terrorism (Penal Code § 237);
  • terrorist organisation (Penal Code § 237');
  • preparation of and incitement to acts of terrorism (Penal Code § 237'');
  • financing and support of acts of terrorism (Penal Code § 237''');
  • disclosure of state secrets and classified information of foreign states (Penal Code § 241);
  • publication of state secrets and classified information of foreign states through negligence (Penal Code § 242);
  • communication of internal information (Penal Code § 243);
  • attack against life or health of higher state public servants (Penal Code § 244);
  • attack against life or health of persons enjoying international immunity (Penal Code § 246);
  • illegal entry into territory, building or premises enjoying diplomatic immunity, if the act is committed by using threat with a weapon, any other object used as a weapon, an explosive device or explosive substance or if serious consequences or major damage are thereby caused (Penal Code § 248 subsection 2 clause 2 and subsection 3);
  • assumption of authority in the Defence Forces (Penal Code § 251);
  • illegal entry into national defence area, building or premises, if the act is committed by using threat with a weapon, any other object used as a weapon, an explosive device or explosive substance or if serious health damage is thereby caused (Penal Code § 252 subsection 2 clause 2 and subsection 3);
  • criminal organisation (Penal Code § 255) and formation of criminal organisation (Penal Code § 256), if the aim of a criminal organisation is the commission of crimes provided in the Penal Code under § 237-237''' or § 246 or if a member of the criminal organisation is President of the Republic, member of the Parliament, member of the Government of the Republic, Auditor General, Chancellor of Justice, judge, prosecutor or higher official or high ranking police officer (official rank 5-10) of a government agency, Office of the Parliament, Office of the President, Office of the Chancellor of Justice, State Audit Office, court or the head of the local government of Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Pärnu, Kohtla-Järve, Jõhvi;
  • embezzlement (Penal Code § 201), accepting of gratuities (Penal Code § 293), accepting bribe (Penal Code § 294), arranging receipt of gratuities (Penal Code § 295), arranging bribe (Penal Code § 296), granting of gratuities(Penal Code § 297), giving bribe (Penal Code § 298), counterfeiting or falsification of documents by officials(Penal Code § 299) or violation of a procedural restriction, if it is committed to the extent of more than 5 000 000 EEK or if the transaction or decision has been made in violation of the restriction specified in the Anti-Corruption Act under § 25 subsection 1 clauses 7 and 8 (Penal Code § 300' subsection 2), if the crime has been committed by President of the Republic, member of the Parliament, member of the Government of the Republic, Auditor General, Chancellor of Justice, judge, prosecutor or higher official or high ranking police officer (official rank 5-10) of a government agency, Office of the Parliament, Office of the President, Office of the Chancellor of Justice, State Audit Office, court or the head of the local government of Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Pärnu, Kohtla-Järve, Jõhvi;
  • unlawful bringing of charges (Penal Code § 310);
  • knowingly making of unlawful decision by judge (Penal Code § 311);
  • knowingly unlawful termination of misdemeanour proceedings (Penal Code § 311'''), if the act is unlawful termination of a criminal proceeding or giving unlawful permission for termination of a criminal proceeding and if the crime has been committed by prosecutor or police officer (official rank 5-10);
  • unlawful surveillance activities and covert collection of information (Penal Code § 315), if the crime has been committed by police officer (official rank 5-10) or higher official of a surveillance agency;
  • removal and fraudulent creation of evidence (Penal Code § 316), if the crime has been committed by prosecutor or police officer (official rank 5-10);
  • mutiny in prison, if the act has been committed by using threat with an explosive device or explosive substance or if serious damage to the health of a person is thereby caused or if it results in the death of a person (Penal Code § 327 subsection 2 and 3), if the object of the crime is an explosive device or explosive substance;
  • illicit import and export of prohibited goods or goods requiring a special permit (Penal Code § 392), if the object of the crime was radioactive substance, explosive substance, strategic goods, firearms or ammunition;
  • causing explosion, if the act is committed by using an explosive device or explosive substance or if it is committed by using nuclear energy or in a dangerous enterprise or an enterprise liable to be affected by a major accident (Penal Code § 405 subsections 2 and 3);
  • unlawful handling of explosive substances (Penal Code § 414), if the object of the act was explosive substance in the amount of more than 0.2 kg;
  • unlawful handling of an explosive device or essential component thereof (Penal Code § 415);
  • violation of requirements for handling explosive substances (Penal Code § 416), if the object of the act was explosive substance.