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As a member of the Riigikogu, it is my intention to contribute to the strengthening of the Baltic and Estonian security by increasing the presence of NATO in the region and by improving our capacities. I also wish to develop the concept of comprehensive national defence, as well as national defence in general, based on a strategy of military territorial defence. One of my objectives in the parliament is to improve the health of the people by promoting a healthy lifestyle, setting up a physical exercise system for the children and the youth, and developing sports as a hobby.

National Defence Committee
Electoral district: City of Tartu

Ants Laaneots


City of Tartu electoral district

16 January 1948 in Kilingi-Nõmme, Pärnu County
Married, one son and one daughter

Education: Kilingi-Nõmme Gymnasium 1965; Kharkiv Guards Higher Tank Command School, tank officer, cars, tractors and armoured vehicles exploitation engineer 1970; Malinovsky Military Academy of Armour Troops (Moscow, Russian Federation) 1978–1981; NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy) 1997–1998; National Defence University of Finland (Helsinki) 1999–2000

Career: Pääsküla railway station, railway automatics assembler 1965–1966; Soviet Army, 48th Guards Tank Division, 300th Tank Regiment, commander of tank platoon, commander of training company, commander of tank battalion 1970–1978 (Ukraine); 155th Motor Rifle Division, 76th Tank Regiment, Chief of Staff 1981–1982, 78th Tank Division, 180th Tank Regiment, Commander 19821983, 78th Tank Regiment, First Vice-Commander/Division Chief of Staff 1984–1987 (Kazakhstan); Adviser to Commander of Ethiopian Infantry Division, Adviser to Commander of Army Corps 1987–1989, participation in warfare; Tartu War Commissioner 1989–1991; Estonian Defence Forces, Chief of Staff 1991–1994, 1997–1999; Security company AS ESS Lõuna, Director 1994–1996; Baltic Centre for Defence Studies, Director 1999–2001; Estonian National Defence College, Commander 2001–2006; Defence Attaché of the Republic of Estonia in the Russian Federation and the Ukrainian Republic 2001–2006; Commander of the Defence Forces 2006–2011; Adviser to the Prime Minister on security and national defence issues 2011–2014

Party affiliation: Estonian Reform Party 2014– 

Membership in representative bodies: 13th Riigikogu; Tartu City Council 1996–1997, 2013–2015, 2017–

Awards: Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 2nd class 2000; Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 1st class 2012; Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland 2007; Royal Swedish Order of the North Star, 2nd class 2011; Commander of the Legion of Merit of the United States of America 2012;
White Cross of the Estonian Defence League, 1st class 2011; Cross of Merit of the Defence League; Border Guard Cross of Merit; Badges of Merit of the Estonian Defence Forces, Rescue Board, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of the Interior; commemorative medal “10th Anniversary of the Re-establishment of the Estonian Defence Forces”; Order of the Red Star (USSR)

Ranks: Soviet Army: lieutenant 1970; Lieutenant Senior Grade 1973; Captain 1975; Major 1979; Sub-Colonel 1982; Colonel 1987. Estonian Defence Forces: Colonel 1992; Major General 1998; Lieutenant General 2008; General 2011

Other activities: NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Head of Estonian Delegation 2015–2017; Estonian Defence League, Chairman of the Council of Elders 2013–; Tartu District of the Defence League; Tartu Toome Rotary Club; articles on security and national defence in the Estonian press; book “Vene-Gruusia 2008. aasta sõda – põhjused ja tagajärjed” 2014, “Russian-Georgian War in 2008: Causes and Implications” 2016

Hobbies: politics, history, militarism, Russia and former Soviet Republics, security of the Baltic states, sports

Additional information: Deported to Siberia 1949–1958



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16.05.2019 / 10:12
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Final vote Riigikogu otsus "Korruptsioonivastase erikomisjoni moodustamine"
16.05.2019 / 10:10
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Final vote Riigikogu otsus "Julgeolekuasutuste järelevalve erikomisjoni moodustamine"
16.05.2019 / 10:08
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Final vote Riigikogu otsus "Riigieelarve kontrolli erikomisjoni moodustamine"
16.05.2019 / 10:06
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14.05.2019 / 10:15
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