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The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum strives to promote cooperation between the peoples of Finland and Russia by supporting civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech.



Russian Minister Laundered Millions in Finland?

Leonid Reiman

Leonid Reiman, Russia’s former communications minister.

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.



Seminar: Russia in Asian-European Context


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?


Finnish Lawyer Arrested in Moscow

Kari Silvennoinen

The Finnish lawyer, Kari Silvennoinen, was arrested on his arrival at Moscow airport on 27 September 2013. The Russian authorities gave no reason for his arrest. Mr Silvennoinen has been held without food and drink over night.


Finland: Call to Arrest Putin


A group of Finnish civic activists has today filed a report to the police, calling for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and for an investigation into his actions during the war in Chechnya.


FINROSFORUM Elects New Board


The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) held its annual general meeting on 17 June 2013 in Helsinki. The meeting elected a new eight-member Board and a new Chairman for our organisation:


No To Homophobic, Totalitarian Propaganda!

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.


Finland: Conduit for FSB?


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.