Hats off to my March Man of the Month, Lennart Meri, who died on March 14th aged 76. Diplomat, politician, polymath and pisshead.
As President of newly-independent Estonia, Lennart secured the final withdrawal of all Russian troops from his homeland in 1994 by the simple expedient of drinking Boris Yeltsin under the table in the Kremlin. That would make quite a monument in downtown Tallin. Mr Meri, we salute you - ave atque vale…
Lennart Meri is a worthy successor to Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas, former President of Lithuania. Mr Brazauskas owed his title mostly to being worth over 1300 points in Scrabble.
Who’s your favourite Baltic leader?
Lennart Meri, yesterday. We shall not see his like again.