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12 Russian events that cause tension in Finland ("Ilta Sanomat", Finland)

12 Russian events that cause tension in Finland ("Ilta Sanomat", Finland)

The great-power chauvinism of the strengthened eastern neighbor is increasingly affecting Finland. The Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat compiled a list of events that were most widely discussed in the media. The current Ukrainian crisis has vividly demonstrated Putin’s readiness to defend its interests in neighboring countries.

The slogan or even the main ideology of Putin's new Russia has become the defense of the Russian-speaking, which the Kremlin justifies many of its actions.

On the example of the Ukrainian crisis, it became clear how quickly Russian rhetoric can become harsh. How easily the State Duma or decrees of the state authorities can be used as a lever of pressure both inside and outside the country, not excluding Finland.

1. Granting Russian citizenship

The Ukrainian crisis has become a catalyst for the initiation of law in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, which will allow granting citizenship to the Russian-speaking population as a matter of urgency.

These days it has become clear that Russia has expanded its bill in such a way that even the Finns will be able to obtain Russian citizenship as soon as possible. This became possible because Russia intends to urgently issue its passports to the Russian-speaking people who live "in the Russian Empire and in the areas of its interests."

By adopting this bill, Russia considers it necessary to remind the world that the borders of its empire were once different.

2. Protection of Russian citizens

The new civil law will mean that more than 70 thousands of Russian-speakers living in Finland will be able to obtain Russian citizenship in an expedited manner if they do not have it. However, this will require renunciation of Finnish citizenship.

In Ukraine, the provision of Russian passports is considered the same trick as in the case of Georgia: when the presence of Russian citizens in South Ossetia was sufficient for Russia to be able to deploy an army there to protect them.

Helsingin Sanomat recalled yesterday that Finland and Russia have an agreement existing with 1992 of the year in which the Russian Federation is guaranteed the right to protect immigrants from Russia who are in Finland.

3. Freezing of foreign assets in Russia

The upper house of the Russian parliament recently announced a law in preparation to freeze the funds of foreign companies operating in Russia.

Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation Andrei Klishas told Izvestia that the law will also apply to private accounts. Speaker of the upper house of parliament Valentina Matvienko said that the law should allow the confiscation of property of foreign companies.

According to Russia, these laws are only a mirror reaction to the intentions of the West to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation. However, the voiced threat of confiscation of property from the Soviet era may further make many Finnish companies more cautious in their relations with Russia.

4. Strengthening the army on the border with Finland

Russia last year modernized its army, and recently organized another military maneuvers on the Karelian Isthmus, near the Finnish border, which Vladimir Putin personally visited and supervised.

The Finnish side was notified of these exercises. However, the news sent from Perkyarvi (Kirillovskoye village) suggests that Karelia is important for Russia strategically, and for Finns nostalgic for Finnish Karelia, it shows that they should not even dream of returning to this area.

In the evening, Russia announced the additional entry of 30 thousand soldiers of the North fleet to the village of Alakurtti, in the area near Salla.

5. Politicization of children's disputes

“The protection of Russian speakers” in Finland is still expressed in the enthusiasm of Russia, with which it raises its public about children's disputes in mixed Russian-Finnish families.

In the Russian media, children's disputes are dealt with harshly, and Finland is accused of persecuting Russians. Many facts are deliberately distorted.

When children's disputes flared up, the Russian children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov insisted that Russian children living in Finland would also apply Russian legislation.

6. Criticism of human rights in Finland

Recently, Russia has compiled reports in which it defines the problems of the Russian minority in Finland.

The last report “On the situation with ensuring human rights in the European Union” was prepared at the beginning of the year before the Olympics in Sochi, when the whole world criticized Russia for abusing human rights. This report has sections criticizing Finland’s policies, including for racial discrimination of Russian speakers and for removing children from Russian-speaking parents and transferring them to the care of the authorities.

The report describes the traditional reaction of modern Russia to foreign criticism: the criticism is ignored, the attention of critics is drawn to the fact that they themselves have the same problems.

7. Espionage growth

An audio recording of a telephone conversation between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton has spread on the Internet. The telephone conversation was probably stolen by the intelligence services of Ukraine, but the Russian TV channel RT made it public.

Earlier in Finland, the scandal about large-scale cyber espionage in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which Russia was one of the suspects, made a lot of noise.

These cases suggest that both Finnish officials and business people should be guided by the assumption that foreign powers, including Russia, can intercept their messages.

8. Proposal for the construction of nuclear power plants

An analysis of events in Ukraine raised the issue of Finland’s energy dependence on Russia and the RF proposal for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.

If the situation turns out that Russia wants to really put pressure on Finland, energy will become the first tool.

However, it is necessary to take into account the fact that the Russians can build an IT complex in terms of ensuring the safety of nuclear power plants in Finland. Everyone remembers the 1980 scandal about the construction of the US embassy building in Moscow, within which Soviet builders installed hidden bugs and turned the embassy into an "eight-story microphone."

9. The politicization of food disputes

Traditionally, Russia in recent years has found defects in food products in those countries with which Russia has political problems.

For example, so many harmful substances were found in Georgian wine that it was forbidden to import it into Russia.

Finnish dairy products are imported into Russia, the purity of which Russia doubted about the same time that relations between countries became tougher due to children's disputes.

10. Arrival of the Kremlin Institute in Helsinki

The sphere of Russian interests in Finland also includes the fact that the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISI) operates in Helsinki, established by the President of the Russian Federation, which is headed by Russian experts of the intelligence services.

The Institute regularly organizes debates on which the views of Finnish Russophobes are discussed. Associate Professor Johan Beckman, who earlier acted as an advocate for Russian mothers, now represents the current RISS in the Nordic countries.

11. Regulation of historiography

Russia has already supported the idea in which the country's historiography and its teaching should be uniform. Kremlin’s goal is to prevent distortion storiesbut, according to critics, this is an attempt to “tune” modern Russian history in support of the current authorities.

For Finland, what is important is how the Russians will be told about the Winter War.

12. Continental Hockey League Expansion

The departure of the Finnish hockey team “Jokerit” to the Continental Hockey League is one example of the establishment of “soft” world domination under the “Putin’s plan”.

For Russia, hockey is a Kremlin project that aims to enhance the image of Russia. The biggest supporters of the development of the KHL are the same billionaires who are friends of Putin and the Kremlin’s political support column.

However, it is possible that exactly hockey, through the united Jokerit, will become one of the important new enterprises that will unite the Finns and Russians in the good sense of the word.
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  1. W1950
    W1950 18 March 2014 07: 08
    Finns, sleep peacefully. We are the Finno-Ugric people and we are not abandoning our own.
    1. Samaritan
      Samaritan 18 March 2014 09: 22
      The warriors are preparing the people for joining NATU, they consider this a lever against Russia ... scare us at any opportunity, only civilians are already learning Russian, otherwise the business does not go)))
      1. valokordin
        valokordin 18 March 2014 10: 53
        Quote: Samaritan
        The warriors are preparing the people for joining NATU, they consider this a lever against Russia ... scare us at any opportunity, only civilians are already learning Russian, otherwise the business does not go)))

        An interesting and understandable article is like a touchstone for possible reactions to NATO membership. When Judah Gorbachev agreed with NATO and surrendered his country to his opponents, they promised not to expand NATO, but what happened? Now NATO will be in Ukraine, and poor Finns probably think to enter the Russian empire. What is unlikely, rather they with the Swedes will join NATO and Russia will be left alone. What to do, we were already surrounded by capitalist countries at the beginning of the 20th century, but then Russia could offer others a socialist idea, and what now is nothing but corruption and theft. I watched Sunday night with Solovyov, but Zyuganov did not even mention his problems
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  2. ZU-23
    ZU-23 18 March 2014 07: 16
    But who needs Finns, do not be afraid, and most importantly, do not get involved in NATO.
    1. Sma11
      18 March 2014 09: 43
      But who needs Finns, do not be afraid, and most importantly, do not get involved in NATO.

      In vain you are so my friend what . Hot Finnish guys are great men. Harnessing the north can help. Only they can’t be allowed to drink alcohol - they will die out laughing .
  3. Igor39
    Igor39 18 March 2014 07: 18
    The Chukhons have started to worry, they are afraid, but who isn’t stopping right now? smile
    1. 341712
      341712 18 March 2014 11: 24
      Quote: Igor39
      and who doesn’t touch right now?

      So do it right tongue
    2. StolzSS
      StolzSS 18 March 2014 20: 04
      Yes, I agree with you as I look at myself in the mirror and get scared of this unshaven face laughing
  4. Mainbeam
    Mainbeam 18 March 2014 07: 23
    Yes, now the Russian Federation is really afraid. All the "legal" mistakes that the EU has made on a fake "democratic" basis can be used by the Russian Federation to its advantage. There are more and more examples.
    Russia considers it necessary to remind the world that the borders of its empire were once different.

    A good article that allows you to look at the actions of the Russian Federation in the international arena in the last decade. Each country would report so
  5. major071
    major071 18 March 2014 07: 38
    Soon they will be asked to join Russia themselves, following the example of the Crimea. There will be another autonomy. hi
  6. mamont5
    mamont5 18 March 2014 07: 40
    Finns, while you are neutral, we have nothing to share with you.
  7. Tatarus
    Tatarus 18 March 2014 07: 46
    Well, from point 1 to point 11 their excitement is even less explainable

    but 12. Continental Hockey League Expansion wassat

    Generally raving. Capture the world by expanding the hockey league. laughing
    1. JIaIIoTb
      JIaIIoTb 18 March 2014 08: 01
      Yeah, they are afraid that the whole world will be covered with a Russian hockey puck laughing
      1. PN
        PN 18 March 2014 10: 31
        Russian hockey is a ball hockey.
    2. StolzSS
      StolzSS 18 March 2014 20: 06
      Well, if the capture of the world through the KHL rental I personally shave my ass from envy wassat
  8. Altona
    Altona 18 March 2014 08: 05
    Due to CMEA, they are swollen, now worried ... In the Cold War, they somehow managed to trade and did not buzz, but now they are worried ... Soft Russian domination has long been established, and in the form of ruble settlements in eastern Finland, where ours go to overstock ... You don’t want to 2 billion revenue a year, and we don’t need, we will find other suppliers ... Hockey for some reason flopped here, in a big league, teams and players are progressing faster, there are more sources of financing clubs ...
  9. Kazakh
    Kazakh 18 March 2014 08: 09
    These cases suggest that both Finnish officials and business people should be guided by the assumption that foreign powers, including Russia, can intercept their messages.
    honest people have nothing to hide
  10. dobrik10
    dobrik10 18 March 2014 08: 20
    Live in good conscience and you will sleep peacefully.
    And look less into the mouth of the mattresses, otherwise they’ll hear all kinds of Kerry and Bzezhinsky there and then the panic rushes ...
  11. ed65b
    ed65b 18 March 2014 08: 29
    Fears catch up on themselves. Putin did not have time to enter anything, but already all crap.
  12. basil200
    basil200 18 March 2014 08: 31
    Finns hold a referendum, you will be happy and your head will not hurt.
  13. PPL
    PPL 18 March 2014 08: 33
    All this rhetoric is a concussion. Afraid - it means respect began! wink
    Earlier, when Russia had its own problems above the roof, our neighbors - the Finns (and not only they) behaved as they liked, taking advantage of good-neighborly relations. But now the time has come to curb the "overplayed" neighbor and there is nothing reprehensible in this. I behave the same with my "overwhelmed" neighbors - they take offense a little, but then everything comes back to normal. yes
  14. karpov888
    karpov888 18 March 2014 08: 41
    in the Grand Duchy of Finland there will be a very broad autonomy laughing we guarantee the constitution of the Russian Federation
    1. RBLip
      RBLip 18 March 2014 11: 52
      Quote: karpov888
      in the Grand Duchy of Finland there will be a very broad autonomy

      indisputably. but the ruble will be in use, business documentation in Russian. Finnish is the second. taxes - as the national average. wink
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  16. Ilja 22
    Ilja 22 18 March 2014 08: 47
    They ran in, fussed, traitors! We must keep them on a short note, as the teeth had already shown, after all that had been done for them
  17. stayer
    stayer 18 March 2014 08: 52
    As Bismarck said
    Russians always come for their money. And when they come, don’t rely on the Jesuit agreements that you have signed, supposedly supporting you. They are not worth the paper on which they are written.

    Now everyone combed out what the Jesuit papers had signed over the past 20 years. Point bench press - the needle will not crawl ...
  18. DeOS78RU
    DeOS78RU 18 March 2014 08: 56
    Quote: major071
    Soon they will be asked to join Russia themselves, following the example of the Crimea. There will be another autonomy. hi

    "According to many supporters of the rather large party of True Finns, Finnish autonomy within the Russian Federation is the most reliable way to protect Finland from the political and economic expansion of the EU, NATO and" morally decaying Sweden. " And thoughts creep in))) laughing
    1. Tatanka Yotanka
      Tatanka Yotanka 18 March 2014 09: 13
      Quote: DeOS78RU
      Finnish autonomy within the Russian Federation

      how is it at Pushkin's in "Poltava" - we will threaten the hotel with the Swede
      1. DeOS78RU
        DeOS78RU 18 March 2014 10: 04
        Why threaten that? BB should just hold a press conference where the thread is on the shores of the Baltic ... and in the midst of it, he will think like that for a couple of minutes looking in the direction of Sweden ... still like this - "Do not pay attention ... so ... inspired ..." Do you think that diarrhea and heart attacks will increase dramatically in Sweden?)
  19. Dmitry 2246
    Dmitry 2246 18 March 2014 08: 57
    The same problems in Poland plus our language began to be taught.
    The strengthening of Russia was felt by all the neighbors.
    They behave especially painfully in Ukraine - the country is splitting.
    Without Crimea, the geopolitical influence of Ukraine tends to 0.
    And "our agents of influence" Yarosh and Parubiy are doing everything possible to split Ukraine and increase Russia's influence in the world.
  20. Nikich
    Nikich 18 March 2014 08: 58
    We will restore the empire in its former borders. Well, let's start from Finland ...
  21. Coffee_time
    Coffee_time 18 March 2014 09: 05
    Well, Putin, he just conducted the exercises, looked at the readiness, as they say, of his economy, and panic overflows the edges.
  22. Coffee_time
    Coffee_time 18 March 2014 09: 07
    By the way, it’s a good idea to confiscate property, and suddenly we find something interesting .. spyware for example
  23. svskor80
    svskor80 18 March 2014 09: 27
    Well, in my opinion, the Finns behaved rudely towards the Russian women who married the Finns and their children, respectively. They directly emphasized that you are inferior citizens, you do not have all the rights. Of course, now they are fussing, running in - suddenly they will have to answer, it's scary because.
  24. Good cat
    Good cat 18 March 2014 09: 30
    Here through hockey we will capture Finland, it is also the former outskirts of the Russian Empire)))
  25. buzuke
    buzuke 18 March 2014 09: 41
    The Finnish Hockey Team Yokerit joining the Continental Hockey League is one example of establishing “soft” world domination according to the “Putin plan”

    apparently, besides the spinal cord, the author has nothing to think about
  26. AndreyS
    AndreyS 18 March 2014 09: 51
    And here I read another little article ( it says the following: "..." Could Finland become Russian Hong Kong? " This is the title of an article in the authoritative magazine Suomen Kuvalehti, written by the influential Finnish public figure, businessman and lawyer Hannu Krogerus. ... "
    It’s a very interesting trend! Although I think that as long as the Finns do not suffer clearly Russophobic position, no one will touch them! By the way, across Russia yesterday showed yesterday that a private Finnish company wants to conclude a contract with Minatom on the construction of a nuclear power station !!!!!
  27. GUSAR
    GUSAR 18 March 2014 10: 02
    Grand Duchy of Finland ... oh what am I talking about !!!
  28. inkass_98
    inkass_98 18 March 2014 10: 08
    one of the important new enterprises that will unite Finns and Russians in a good sense of the word.
    The whole article screams - "The Russians are coming", and in the end there is hope - maybe everything will be all right ... They (the Finns) will not be determined in this life. We don’t need their territories, let them live in peace, because they lived under the wing of the USSR, they didn’t, but lived. And we helped them live. What has changed now? We just showed that we want to think and act on our own, without looking back at the puppeteers of the West, who are so accustomed to the predictability of the puppet that we are simply shocked that Buratino has come to life. We want to build our life on our own, so we don't need to interfere with us, otherwise there will be fewer hooligans in the sandbox.
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  30. Stinger
    Stinger 18 March 2014 10: 22
    What a treacherous Kremlin, however! Well, where are we without a bite?
    Do not drift Finland
  31. Gagarin
    Gagarin 18 March 2014 10: 26
    I think if Finland returns to Russia at the European Union, it will be possible to put a BOLD CROSS.
  32. Nightcrawler
    Nightcrawler 18 March 2014 10: 54
    Then the Canadians and Americans will remain against us in hockey. Sadly ((
  33. mvv
    mvv 18 March 2014 11: 02
    It seems the Finns began to suspect something!
  34. Viktor.N.Aleksandrov.
    Viktor.N.Aleksandrov. 18 March 2014 11: 07
    Do not scare the neighbors. He lives peacefully and thank God. But be careful with the kids!
  35. siberalt
    siberalt 18 March 2014 11: 13
    "The main thing here is" to start, to deepen and the process will go " laughing
    (M. Gobachev) crying
    What, small fry, is it scary?
  36. mountain
    mountain 18 March 2014 11: 43
    It is time to create absentee courts condemning foreign politicians and countries where the rights of the Russian population are violated. And before the hearings, arrange a briefing of the GDP. It’s interesting to see the reaction of these countries.))))
  37. Name
    Name 18 March 2014 11: 43
    I would like to remember how the United States "defended" its citizens, but for RUSSIA IT'S THE SAME AS THE RUSSIAN SPEAKERS:
    [b]Year Region Description of intervention [/ B]
    1956 Egypt During the Suez crisis, the United States sends warships and aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean Sea
    1958 Lebanon US Intervenes in Lebanon Crisis of 1958 of the Year
    China In a confrontation between China and Taiwan over the Kinmen and Matsu Islands, the United States sends warships and marines in support of Taiwan
    1959 Cuba USA Funds and Supports Geril Operating From Their Territory to Overthrow Fidel Castro
    1960 Democratic Republic of the Congo Power as a result of a coup organized by the CIA and the Belgian colonial authorities seizes Joseph Desire Mobutu. Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected prime minister of a country freed from colonial rule, dies after torture
    1961 Cuba A group of US-backed Cuban militants conducts an unsuccessful operation in the Bay of Pigs. Before the operation, US aviation inflicts air strikes on Cuban troops [source not specified 752 of the day]
    1962 Cuba USA announces Cuba's full trade embargo. During the Caribbean crisis, the island is under total blockade.
    1964 Laos American aviation and ground forces (about 10 thousand people) attack Pathet Lao. After years of fighting, a military solution is recognized as unpromising and the American intervention troops leave the country in March 1970.
    Brazil With the help of the CIA, a coup against Brazilian President Juan Goulart. The coup follows the establishment of a military dictatorship that is beneficial for the United States and governs the country until 1982.
    Vietnam The US is massively interfering in the Vietnam War. In the course of hostilities in the country are up to 550 thousand US soldiers. The withdrawal of troops is carried out only in the 1975 year.
    Bolivia From 1964 to 1982, the USA is implicated in a number of military putsch
    1965 Dominican Republic The occupation of the republic until the 1966 year after the coup against President Juan Bosch. The country is ruled by a military junta, which came to power with the help of the United States. The outbreak of civil war. The United States intervenes with 42 by thousands of marines and holds elections, as a result of which the winner is Joaquin Balager, who served for about 30 years to dictator Trujillo. In close collaboration with the Americans, Balaguer ruled the country for the next 35 years.
    Cambodia The United States inflicts airstrikes on border villages along the Vietnamese border. Cambodia is drawn into the Vietnam War.
    1983 Grenada US Invasion of Grenada
    1989 Panama US invasion of Panama
    1991 Gulf US involvement under UN mandate [source not specified 752 of the day] in the Gulf War
    1992 Somalia US involvement in UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia
    1994 Haiti US invasion of Haiti
    1999 Yugoslavia Without a UN mandate, US-led NATO carries out massive bombing of Yugoslavia to achieve the withdrawal of Serbian troops and police from Kosovo. After the armistice, the province of Kosovo is occupied by NATO forces and placed under the UN protectorate
  38. Cynic
    Cynic 18 March 2014 19: 06
    Quote: Arya Paananen
    Great-power chauvinism of a strengthened eastern neighbor

    Here it is interesting what forum users thought plus this essentially ANTI-RUSSIAN article?
    Adhere to the same opinion about Russia?
  39. Rjycnfynby7
    Rjycnfynby7 18 March 2014 20: 07
    By the way, there are good shipyards and the USSR always used them for the construction of not only civil ships
    1. nva8
      nva8 25 March 2014 18: 46
      after the termination of orders from the USSR, out of 7 shipyards, only 1 remained, and that was barely ....
      I know for sure that in the old days (70-80 g), Korea and the United States tried to place their orders in Finland in order to disrupt the implementation of our plans.
  40. razved
    razved 19 March 2014 20: 55
    Less Russophobia is necessary and there will be no need to be afraid.