A member of the Estonian parliament said nationalists using threats and "overt coaching" persuaded his fellow legislators to vote in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing the Baltic republic to veto Soviet law.

Estonian deputy Vasily Koltakov, who voted against the amendment last week, said in an interview published Sunday by the official Communist Party newspaper Pravda that some of his colleagues were frightened into voting for the controversial measure.Kotlakov, an ethnic Russian, also said that as a result of the nationalist movement in Estonia, "hundreds of thousands of people of non-indigenous nationalities have come to feel like lodgers that are unwelcome to the hosts."

Koltakov noted there were calls for his dismissal a day after Wednesday's vote, allowing the local government in Estonia "to suspend or establish limits to the application of legislative and other acts of the USSR" central government.