Dimitriy Klenskiy

Dimitriy Klenskiy

Estonian social and political figure, journalist.
Date of Birth: 02.12.1945
Country: Estonia

Biography of Dmitry Klensky

Dmitry Klensky is an Estonian public and political figure, as well as a journalist. He was born on December 2, 1945, in Tallinn, into a family of doctors. His father was a Russian Estonian of the sixth generation, while his maternal ancestors were known to be Estonians. Klensky started school at the age of 8, as he did not speak Russian at all. While his parents were studying at the university, he attended a round-the-clock kindergarten for Estonian children. He graduated from Tallinn's 19th secondary school in 1964 and then enrolled in the Chemistry Faculty of the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute. He completed his studies there in 1969. Klensky joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) in 1967 and was assigned to the NPO "Impuls" in Tallinn, later being transferred to Moscow. From 1970 to 1972, he worked as a freelance correspondent for "Moskovsky Komsomolets". In 1972, he returned to Tallinn and became a correspondent for the newspaper "Sovetskaya Estonia". Afterwards, he worked as a correspondent for "Pravda", deputy director of the Estonian Telegraphic Agency, correspondent for the magazine "Ogonek" in the Baltic states, commentator for the Russian section of the Estonian Radio, correspondent for the "Raepress" news agency, editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Vesti", commentator for the newspaper "Estonia", and correspondent for the weekly newspaper "Day by Day". He was fired from the latter but later reinstated by the Labor Disputes Commission. Klensky was a co-founder of the United People's Party in 1994, but left it in 1995. From 2002 to 2005, he served as an independent deputy of the Center Party faction in the city council. According to Klensky himself, he took this step solely to publicly voice the discrimination against non-Estonians, especially the Russian minority, in Estonia. In 2006, he received just over 900 votes (Lasnamäe) in the local government elections but did not enter the city council. Klensky is the author of numerous publications in the Russian-language press. His articles on current topics are constantly published by well-known online publications such as Regnum News Agency, DELFI portal, DZD, the portal of the Russian community of Estonia, and others. In the European Parliament elections, he received 7,095 votes, showing the best result among the so-called "Russian candidates", but did not enter the European Parliament. In the municipal elections on October 18, 2009, the "Klensky List - Russian Center" received just over one percent of the votes (with a minimum requirement of 5%). Based on the results, Klensky criticized the political party "United Russia", stating that the support of "United Russia" by the Center Party of Estonia in local self-government elections harms Russians and Russian-speaking residents of the country. Dmitry Klensky, Mark Siryk, as well as the leaders of the "Night Watch" movement Maxim Reva and Dmitry Linter were accused of "organizing mass disorder" during the events following the relocation of the Bronze Soldier monument in Tallinn in April 2007. According to Dmitry Klensky, on January 5, 2009, all four defendants were completely acquitted by the court. Judge Violetta Kyvask stated that the acquittal was due to the absence of the elements of the crime. The court ordered the removal of travel restrictions from all four individuals and compensated them for the material expenses incurred during their detention in pretrial custody. Dmitry Klensky is married and has an adult son named Kirill. His sister is an actress at the Estonian Drama Theatre, and his brother is a surgeon living in Moscow.

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