Russian-Finnish relations weakened by Ukraine crisis

66 percent of the Russian-speakers living in Finland say they feel that Russia and Finland’s relations has weakened owing to the Ukraine crisis.

Sixty-six percent of respondents to a survey commissioned by Yle of Russian-speakers living in Finland felt the Ukraine conflict had negatively impacted on Russia-Finland relations, while only 21 percent said Finnish attitudes towards Russian-speakers in Finland had changed for the worse following the crisis.

“There has been a lot more discussion about the political situation, but usually in a very friendly way. I have not noticed more negative attitudes,” says Mihail Ionin, who is studying at the Turku School of Economics, to