The Soviet shadow that over the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki | Sofi Oksanen

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Finlandisation allowed the Soviet Union to hold Finland, where I grew up, in a tight grip. And Putin wants to duplicate that

When the news broke that a Putin-Trump summit would be held in Helsinki, some comments made my ears prick up. In the international media there was talk of Finland having been chosen as a venue because it is “neutral ground”, a country deemed to have a history of neutrality, and where east-west meetings had been held during the cold war. But Finland today is nothing of the sort. It is a member of the European Union. It is not somewhere in a grey zone between Europe and Russia.

My schoolbooks all said that Estonia had voluntarily joined the Soviet ‘family’. Of course, this wasn’t true

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