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I am involved in politics because I believe that our future depends on the efforts of each one of us, and that politics is too important to be left only to professional politicians. I think that ordinary people who have experience in other fields of life are also needed in politics. It is especially true of Estonia as a small nation state where every citizen has to give their contribution to the development of the society and ensuring the sovereignty of our country.

Foreign Affairs Committee
Electoral district: City of Tartu

Mihhail Lotman


City of Tartu Electoral District

2 September 1952 Leningrad, Russia
Married, three daughters and two sons, 12 grandchildren

Education: Tartu Secondary School No. 4 in 1969; University of Tartu, Russian philology 1976, MA in Slavic philology 1993, PhD in semiotics 2000

Career: Tallinn Secondary School No. 46, teacher of Russian language and literature 1976–1977; Estonian Information Institute, Junior Researcher 1977–1985, Senior Researcher 1985–1987; Institute of Cybernetics of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Researcher 1987–1989; Estonian Education Development Centre, Head of Department 1989–1990; University of Tartu, Department of Russian Literature, Lecturer 1990–1993, Department of Semiotics, Lecturer 1993–2001 and Senior Researcher 2001–2007, Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics, Senior Research Fellow 2007–2016 and Research Professor 2016–2019; Estonian Institute of Humanities, Professor 1991–2014; Stanford University, Slavic Department, Visiting Professor 1993; Tallinn University, School of Humanities, Professor 2015–2019, Professor Emeritus 2020

Party affiliation: Res Publica / Isamaa 2003–;

Membership in representative bodies: 10th Riigikogu 2004–2007; 14th Riigikogu (Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2021–); Tartu City Council 2007, 2009–2019, Chairman 2011–2014

Awards: Order of the White Star, Medal Class 2001, Order of the White Star, 2nd Class 2015;
Tallinn University Badge of Merit 2011 and 2019; Opinion Leader Award of newspaper Postimees 2018

Other activities: National Library of Estonia, Supervisory Board 2019–.
Editor of academic journals Sign Systems Studies and Studia Metrica et Poetica, member of editorial board of several academic journals.
Published over 350 scientific articles and articles in the press; monographs “Статьи о русской и советской поэзии” 1989 (co-author), “Мандельштам и Пастернак” 1996, “Структура и типология русского стиха” 2000, “Pistriku talvekarje. Esseid Joseph Brodsky poeetikast ja surmast” 2005 and 2013, “Struktuur ja vabadus. I. Semiootika vaatevinklist” 2012, “Исследования в области семантической поэтики акмеизма” 2012 (co-author), “Eesti silbilis-rõhulise rütmika jooni” 2018 (co-author).

Hobbies: classical music, theatre