The Finnish Democratic Republic (Suomen kansanvaltainen tasavalta, also: Suomen kansantasavalta) was a short-lived puppet government created and recognised only by the Soviet Union. Headed by Finnish politician Otto Ville Kuusinen, the Finnish Democratic Republic was Joseph Stalin's planned means to rule Finland. It nominally operated in the parts of Finnish Karelia that were occupied by the Soviet Union during the Winter War. | Established: 1 December 1939 • Disestablished: 12 March 1940.
Russian Karelia looks to the past and future The former Finnish utopia now known as the Republic of Karelia - which the Soviet Union seized in the - is struggling to preserve its unique cultural heritage, writes Daniel Allen
"Karelianity is nowadays popular. Many people want to identify as Karelian. It was a different matter 60 years ago when folks had to get evacuated with their brickabrack. We have been married across Finland and our blood has been diluted also to the other tribes. Almost everyone is one quarter or one eighth Kareli