|3rd President of the Republic of Estonia|
October 8, 2001 – October 9, 2006
|Prime Minister||Mart Laar
|Preceded by||Lennart Meri|
|Succeeded by||Toomas Hendrik Ilves|
|Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (From May 8, 1990: Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia)|
March 29, 1990 – October 5, 1992
|Prime Minister||Edgar Savisaar, Tiit Vähi|
|Preceded by||Enn-Arno Sillari|
|Succeeded by||President Lennart Meri|
|Born||May 10, 1928
Laimjala Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia
|Political party||Conservative People's Party of Estonia|
He served as the last Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR from April 8, 1983 to March 29, 1990, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR (from May 8, 1990: Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia) from March 29, 1990 to October 6, 1992 and was the third President of the Republic of Estonia from October 8, 2001 to October 9, 2006.
He was the second President since Estonia regained independence in 1991. Rüütel also served as one of fifteen Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.