(born April 22, 1960) is an Estonian
statesman, historian and a founding member of the Foundation for the Investigation of Communist Crimes
. He was the Prime Minister of Estonia
from 1992 to 1994 and from 1999 to 2002, and is the leader of the conservative party Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica
. Mart Laar is credited with having brought about Estonia’s rapid economic development
in the 1990s.
6th April, 2011, Mart Laar became the minister of defence
of Estonia for the Andrus Ansip's new cabinet.
Mart Laar was born in Viljandi
. He studied history at the University of Tartu
and graduated in 1983, he received his Master's degree in Philosophy
from the same university in 1995 and his Doctorate
in 2005. Laar worked as a history teacher in Tallinn
, and was the past presidents of Council of Historians of the Foundation of the Estonia Inheritance, the Society for the Preservation of Estonia History and the Estonian Students' Society
. As a professional historian Laar has written many books on Estonian and Soviet history, among them his book War in the Woods: Estonia's Struggle for Survival, 1944–1956
a work about the Forest Brothers
anti-Soviet resistance movement.
Laar's political career began when he became a member of the conservative Pro Patria Union
party (which later merged with the more technocratic Res Publica Party
in 2006). He... Read More