Author Hugh Hammond’s new book “The Sinking of the Estonia: The CIA Knew” is a Fictionalized Account of the 1994 Sinking of the Car Ferry “Estonia” by the Russian Mafia

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Recent release “The Sinking of the Estonia: The CIA Knew” from Page Publishing author Hugh Hammond is a gripping story involving the sinking of the car ferry “Estonia” in the Baltic Sea that claimed the lives of over nine hundred people, including two of the author’s English language students. This fictionalized account of a true tragedy is intended to expose the cover-up of the investigation as well as one of the Russian mafia’s greatest sources of income: the selling of young women into prostitution.

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Author Hugh Hammond, a retired college professor who has taught English as a Second Language in Estonia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates, has completed his new book “The Sinking of the Estonia: The CIA Knew”: a work of fictionalized recent history that sheds light on the insidious infiltration of the Estonian government by the Russian mob.

Hugh was teaching at a university in Estonia when the car ferry Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea with a loss of life of over nine hundred souls. The author noted that two students missed class on September 28, 1994. A day later, the dean quietly told him the two students were going to Stockholm to visit one of their aunts but perished in the sinking of the ship. That was when Hugh felt compelled to write this story from his heart due to the loss of the students and to the subsequent ineffective and lackluster investigation of this tragedy.

Hammond shares, “Authorities in Estonia, Finland, and Sweden all participated in the investigation. They suggested a number of illogical explanations for the sinking, including excessive speed of the ship prior to sinking.

The Russian mafia infiltrated the government and the police from top to bottom. Former Soviet-owned assets, such as hotels, factories, and a brewery, were being auctioned off. The mafia gained control of the bidding process. They made money from extortion, drugs, prostitution, and smuggling. In addition, they were beginning to acquire legitimate businesses. In the weeks prior to the sinking, there were bombings of restaurants and kiosks attributed to the mafia. The mafia’s widespread control of Estonia and much of Eastern Europe was shocking.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Hugh Hammond’s gripping story provides a first-hand perspective of the pervasive control Russian agents continued to exert in many countries following the breakup of the former Soviet Union.

Readers who wish to experience this potent work can purchase“The Sinking of the Estonia: The CIA Knew” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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