Tallinn KGB HQ


In central Tallinn (the Old town), the Soviet security services had their headquarters and prison. First between 1940 and 1941 (then called NKVD) and then between 1944 and 1991.

Current status: Preserved with memorial tablet (2010).

Address: Pikk 59, 10133 Tallinn.

Get there: Walk from central Tallinn.

My comment:

The windows on the basement level were walled again by the KGB partly because the screams from the prisoners would not be heard out on the nearby street and partly to protect the prisoner cells from view from the outside. In another place in Tallinn there is an interesting museum that depicts both the Nazi occupation of Estonia but mainly the communist occupation that has put much deeper wounds in the Estonian identity.

Follow up in books: Andrew, Christopher: The KGB (1990).