British troops recieved an extensive guide on Estonian strip clubs from the Government
During a Nato Steadfast Javelin operation in May 2015, the Ministry of Defence provided troops with a booklet titled, “Tallinn guide for friendly forces”, which provided extensive detail on three major strip clubs within Estonia's capital, Tallinn.
Disclosed to the BBC via a freedom of information request, troops taking part in the Nato within Tallinn were handed the pamphlet which informed troops on how much to tip girls and which clubs featured private dances.
But the Ministry of Defence would not explain who produced the guide, or whether it was still in use.
An MoD spokesman said: “As you would expect, we routinely provide guidance to our people about staying safe while on deployment.”
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Although the guide did include a warning on public drinking, urging soldiers to “cover the bottles” when drinking in the street, the caution was only provided to prevent the troops receiving a police fine.
In reference to the services clubs provide, the booklet said "all strip clubs offer private rooms for individual dances", and "the average level of rolling tips to girls is 5 to 20 euros".
Lasso Baar was described as a "big strip bar with one of the prettiest dancers" and Soho was identified as the "biggest strip club in Estonia". X Club was billed as "the most professional strip club with various elements".
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A spokesperson for the Estonian embassy in London said the Estonian government had not produced the guide.
"According to the information received from the Estonian Defence Forces this is not an official document produced by or for the Government of Estonia."
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Sir Gerald Howarth, the Conservative MP for Aldershot, often described as the home of the Army, said that the guide was an appropriate use of public funds.
He said: “It’s all about the welfare of our soldiers, many of whom are very young. It is hugely important – helping them to avoid inappropriate behaviour must be a good thing.”