Publication reveals Finland’s illegal spying on Russia


December 16, 2017 – FRN – 

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Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

In Finland, a scandal has erupted after the publication of secret data on the surveillance of the Russian military. The country’s largest newspaper reported that an intelligence institution was set up specifically for espionage.

“The secret documents were handed over illegally to the publication, and a criminal investigation has been launched, disclosing the content of such documents of the highest level of secrecy is crucial to our security and can cause us serious damage,” the presidential office said.

Deputies of the parliament accuse the press of the lack of patriotism. The newspaper which published the information says that, first, they did their duty, and secondly, they did not reveal any state secrets.

“The authorities are responsible to the citizens, the publication did everything possible to ensure that our approach to the topic was balanced and responsible. We did not disclose the details of secret information and publish the secret documents themselves “, Said Eso Mäkinen, Managing Director of Helsingin Sanomat.

These words did not impress the police, they state that the leak of intelligence will be investigated as criminal.

The publication published a review article on the activities of Finnish military intelligence. The text on the site is open only to paid subscribers, however, Finnish bloggers cached a copy the article and placed it in the public domain.

It says that the editorial board has access to several confidential reports of special services, including for 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2014. It is written that in the last few years the intelligence center in the village of Tikkakoski is mainly engaged in tracking Russians. It is pointed out that  observation is conducted over the territories that in the past constituted the Leningrad Military District.

A detailed electronic reconnaissance map is being created. It lists air defense targets and command centers. Intelligence reports regularly display disturbing headlines like “Threat Assessment in Russia”, “Estimation of Threats in the Electronic War” and so on. The newspaper notes that in the security report for 2005, out of 43 pages of text 40 were devoted only to Russia.

“We have repeatedly stated that we do not harbor any aggressive plans [toward Finland],” said the State Duma deputy Yury Shvytkin.

It is worth noting that the western mass media are doing their best to make the inhabitants of Northern Europe distrust Russians. In Norway for example, a doco series called “Occupied” was released, about the invasion of their country by the Russian army. 

Why does the West do this? There can be several goals – first of all in Brussels they want to get secret information from non-NATO countries. And most importantly, if Moscow and Helsinki fall out of good relations, it may pull Finland into the North Atlantic alliance.

Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.

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