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Finnish authorities were investigating the money transfers of Russia’s former long-time communications minister, Leonid Reiman
Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has opened a criminal investigation into suspected money laundering by the bankrupt Finnish company, Sekom Group, Finland’s leading daily, Helsingin Sanomat, reported. The suspicion stemmed from the alleged crimes of Russia’s former communications minister and Vladimir Putin’s advisor, Leonid Reiman.
Russia is geographically, culturally, and politically situated in-between Europe and Asia — sometimes being included in Europe, sometimes counted as part of Asia. What challenges does this bring for Russia’s participation in civil society activities within the Asia-Europe context? What is the space in Russia for civil society movements and their participation in international NGO work?
Several propagandists of homophobia and totalitarian ideology have been invited to speak at public events in Helsinki and Tampere on 20-21 May 2013. The venues for these events will be provided by Hotel Seurahuone in Helsinki, Tampere City Library, and Lenin Museum. The speakers include Vitaly Milonov, member of the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly, who is the author of the city’s anti-gay bill. Another speaker is historian Nikolai Starikov, who is well known for his sympathy for Soviet totalitarianism.
UPDATE (20 May 2013 @ 12:45): Ulla Aatsinki, Board Chairman of the Lenin Museum, announced that the museum would NOT host the presentation of Nikolai Starikov’s pamphlet, Stalin and Finland. Ms Aatsinki confirmed the information with museum director Aimo Minkkinen.
UPDATE 2 (20 May 2013 @ 14:00): The City of Tampere CANCELLED the reservation for the event with Vitaly Milonov and Nikolai Starikov at the Tampere City Library, Deputy Mayor Olli-Poika Parviainen announced.
Photo: Oleg Galushko with his family.
A Russian businessman, Oleg Galushko (Galouchko), was detained in Finland in February 2013 on an Interpol extradition request from Russia. Mr Galushko’s Russian lawyer contended that the charges against his client were fabricated and feared what would happen to him were Finland to extradite him to Russia. Mr Galushko has dual Russian and Canadian citizenship.