Former KGB Headquarters

There are many remnants of the Soviet era still present in and around Tallinn. All of them provide a tantalising  but incomplete glimpse into Estonia’s very recent and repressive past but few instil the same level of fear and intimidation as the former KGB Headquarters.

Withing the walls of this building, suspected enemies of the state were imprisoned and interrogated before being either shot or sent to labour camps in Siberia. Even today, the windows of the cellar are still bricked-up; a feature installed by the Soviets in order to block out the screams of those being tortured for information.

The commemorative plaque on the side of the building reads:

 “This building housed the organ of repression of the Soviet occupational power. Here began the road to suffering for thousands of Estonians.”

An imposing structure in the heart of the Old Town serving as a stark reminder of a nation’s dark past.

0 thoughts on “Former KGB Headquarters

  1. Samantha Fox Reply

    Hi! I am visiting Tallinn over New Years and I am hoping to visit the ex-KGB HQ but i am having trouble finding exactly where they are – can you help? Thanks 🙂 Sam

  2. John Soosaar Reply

    Interesting that this former house of horrors is now being sold as luxury apartments..

  3. Suvi Reply

    Interesting. I have to keep an eye out for this one.

  4. tomtonks Reply

    John is correct, the building has recently been converted into luxury apartments! I have no idea who would want to live in such a place.

    The plaque is still attached to the wall outside. Imagine having such a message on the outer wall of your home. Very surreal.

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