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YLE | Border patrol: Number of Russians entering Finland is on the rise, 25 Sep caravan
On Sunday there was a queue of vehicles about half a kilometre long at the Vaalimaa border post. A day earlier, some 7,700 Russians arrived in Finland through the three border posts in southeast Finland. That was 65 percent higher than a week earlier. The Border Guard estimates that up to 20,000 Russians may enter Finland altogether this weekend.
Friday President Sauli Niinistö and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy (Utva) decided that Finland should further restrict the entry of Russians and the issuance of visas.
"crisis-related goods", 24 Sep inspectors
Only about a dozen people sought temporary protection on Friday, while one applied for asylum.
"We don't know who's coming in from Russia. People who may be risk factors may also become asylum seekers. The distinction between weaponised and non-weaponised entry may be razor-thin. I believe that Putin may also take advantage of that," [Finns Party chair Riikka Purra] said.
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by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 10:29:52 PM EST
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