Well-known pro-Russian activist Johan Bäckman and three others have been added to a list of sanctioned individuals. Ukraine has added four Finnish citizens to its sanctioned persons list, reports news consortium Lännen Media. According to LM, Johan Bäckman, Janus Putkonen, Jon Hellevig and Jarmo Ekman are not permitted to enter the country or make use of any property or capital they may… Continue reading Ukraine imposes sanctions on pro-Russian Finns
The New York Times does not publish conspiracy theories. I am relatively convinced that this is a Russian operation. </end editorial> By Andrew Higgins Oct. 31, 2018 SAKKILUOTO, Finland — Retired to a tiny island in an archipelago between Finland and Sweden, Leo Gastgivar awoke early one morning to visit the outhouse in his bathrobe, only… Continue reading On a Tiny Finnish Island, a Helipad, 9 Piers — and the Russian Military?
This article is well worth the read, in its entirety. Notice the denials by the defendants, the evidence is “fabricated” and it’s a plot by “NATO propagandists”. The funding stream remains undetermined. That Russia is involved, I have no doubt. Bäckman has been declared persona non grata by several countries for distributing Russian propaganda and… Continue reading Three Internet Trolls Convicted of Systematic Defamation Against Journalist in Finland
A Finnish court has sentenced the founder of a pro-Russian website to 22 months in prison on charges of defamation and negligence. The court said MV-Lehti published offensive content about Jessikka Aro, an investigative journalist. Ilja Janitskin and two other journalists were ordered to pay 136,000 euros (£119,300) in compensation. Aro had been the subject… Continue reading Ilja Janitskin jailed for 22 months over pro-Russian hate campaign
Jessikka Aro is a friend. I reviewed an article she wrote several years ago, and the Finnish pro-Russian trolls jumped onto my case. They even wrote several articles about me on their website, MV-Lehti. They came onto this blog and left crude and poorly written comments, which were actually humorous at times. Several of the… Continue reading Russian Trolls Johan Bäckman And Ilja Janitskin On Trial In Finland
Helsinki wants the creation of an international alliance to combat growing threat Kim Sengupta Finland, on the northern edge of Europe and with a population of fewer than 5.5 million, may not seem an obvious player in struggles of geopolitics. But being situated in the shadow of its giant neighbour, Russia, has meant that the country… Continue reading ‘We are constantly one step behind’: Finland worries about cyber warfare in shadow of Russia
Excellent article by Imbi Paju. The article is a unique perspective on how Russian propaganda is supported by willing participants. Russian propaganda is also aided by overwhelming intimidation by pro-Kremlin workers. In this case, Johan Bäckman is on trial in Finland for intimidating, harassing, and attacking Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro for her expose on his… Continue reading Russian Propaganda’s Western Enablers