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Finland : Pro-Kremlin activists on trial in Finland for harassing reporter


Full disclosure, I consider Jessikka Aro a friend.   Jessikka is, without a doubt, one of the most courageous people I have ever met.   This whole thing started for me when I reviewed an article she had written. This is What Pro-Russia Internet Propaganda Feels Like – Finns Have Been Tricked into Believing in Lies . After this… Continue reading Finland : Pro-Kremlin activists on trial in Finland for harassing reporter

Finland · Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Jessikka Aro: When pro-Russian trolls came after me


I have known Jessikka Aro since she came under fire, because I reviewed an article of hers. After I wrote the review, the Finnish Neo-Nazi trolls came after me. They were mean, they were nasty, they were rock stupid. They kept it up, thinking they were impervious.  I then helped the Finnish National Police, their… Continue reading Jessikka Aro: When pro-Russian trolls came after me

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Finnish Defence Minister: “Western countries have taken the bait” over Russia’s Zapad exercises


Finland’s Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö has it absolutely correct, Russia is successfully playing the West with their Information Warfare.  …or are they?   As a retired military intelligence officer, it was my job to pose all the different options for a threat, usually an enemy. This is exactly what is being done for Russia, assuming… Continue reading Finnish Defence Minister: “Western countries have taken the bait” over Russia’s Zapad exercises

Åland · Finland · Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Finnish military rejects request for Russian tall ship visit to Åland


A friend shared: So, Åland is actually in the middle of an important shipping lane between Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea. Åland is also exempt from conscription and considered a demilitarized zone and could be very difficult to retake should it become occupied. Colleagues in the Finnish intelligence community have previously told me that these… Continue reading Finnish military rejects request for Russian tall ship visit to Åland

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Remember Ilja Janitskin? He Is Arrested and Johan Bäckmann Is Pleading With Russia For Help


Please allow me to reintroduce the players. Ilja Janitskin, here also called Hilliers Yanitskinu, is the founder of MV-lehti, a Neo-Nazi hate group reputedly linked to Russian intelligence.  According to one source, Mr. Janitskin has been arrested, conflicting reports say in Spain, and was transported to a hospital in Andorra for stage IV cancer. The website for MV-lehti pushes… Continue reading Remember Ilja Janitskin? He Is Arrested and Johan Bäckmann Is Pleading With Russia For Help

Estonia · Finland · Information operations · Information Warfare · Latvia · Russia

Russian Military Jets And Warplanes Alarm Latvia, Estonia, And Finland, As Europe Prepares For Potential Attack


Russian Military Jets And Warplanes Alarm Latvia, Estonia, And Finland, As Europe Prepares For Potential Attack Russia’s air force sent seven military jets zooming past Latvia Tuesday, before forces in Estonia and Finland scrambled to intercept three Russian warplanes further north in the Baltic Sea. In different incidents, Latvia’s armed forces reported observing two Russian Su-34 fighter… Continue reading Russian Military Jets And Warplanes Alarm Latvia, Estonia, And Finland, As Europe Prepares For Potential Attack

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Finland would be a great NATO member state


A great friend, an esteemed Finnish scholar, and a leader in Finland’s defense community wrote this on 5 July 2017: Suomi olisi hieno Naton jäsenvaltio which, according to a Facebook translation, means Finland would be a great NATO member state My initial gut reaction is, yes, this would be a great idea!  Finland beat the snot… Continue reading Finland would be a great NATO member state