Finnish Putin’s go-to guy Johan Backman did a hybrid warfare gig in Helsinki yesterday. This happened “just co-incidentally” and had nothing to do with signin the documents for Finnish hybrid warfare center with EU and other western powers. (in Iltalehti and in YLE) There is also Mr Dugins essay on “Finnish Idea” in Johan Bäckman blog. (which, I’m thinking of going over in more detail. Suffices to say here, that it boils down: “Don’t you dare to join NATO or else”) It says in much more words the same Kremlin message: “If you join NATO there will be trouble”.
Now Bäckman’s mission from SVR/RISI was to muddy the waters about what is happening in Finland. The lecture took place in one of the better hotels in town, that has a room called “National hall” which, just co-incidentally, was the place reserved for Putin’s mentors lecture. Bäckman had send invitations for the gig to embassies in Helsinki. There had been some confusion about what was these invitations about, so the info-coup can be counted as somewhat successfull. Considering that there were quite a few Russians at the scene, and the were also an Ukrainian protester. The protester was removed from premises.
This is part of Putin’s campaign to create reflexive control on politicians and public in Finland.