For centuries the area around Vyborg saw the bitter rivalry between Russia and its neighbors.

Autumn view of Vyborg Castle in Vyborg, northwest of St Petersburg, Russia. For centuries the area around Vyborg saw the bitter rivalry between Russia and its neighbors.

Vladimir Putin ‘wants to regain Finland’ for Russia, adviser says - Europe - World - The Independent

Vladimir Putin ‘wants to regain Finland’ for Russia, adviser says

The Nuijamaa border crossing point was closed on Thursday due to a fatal accident just over the border from Lappeenranta. A Lahti-bound bus carrying 32 people toppled into a ditch in slippery conditions.  Finnish officials say they have not been contacted by their Russian colleagues regarding the crash in the border area, as required by bilateral agreements.

3 killed in bus crash near Finnish-Russian border

The City The Russians Left Behind, Then Discovered Again | News Now Finland

The City The Russians Left Behind, Then Discovered Again | News Now Finland

Illegal border crossing RUS-FIN. Syrian men brave North Karelia’s freezing cold in asylum bid via @YLE

Syrian men brave North Karelia’s freezing cold in asylum bid

#Finns on #Russian border wary of #Nato ties

Finns on Russian border wary of Nato

As Finland prepares to sign a pact strengthening ties with Nato, Finns close to the border with Russia appear wary of jeopardising relations with their neighbours.

Boundary marks on a border of #Finland and #Russia. This is FINLAND article on the border.

Boundary marks on a border of and This is FINLAND article on the border.

"Putin's butter"

Supermarket website crashes as Finns clamour for ”Putin’s butter”

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Finland's President Sauli Niinisto (C) speak as they take part in a friendly ice hockey match in Igora resort near in St. Petersburg, on June 22, 2012.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Finland's President Sauli Niinisto (C) speak as they take part in a friendly ice hockey match in Igora resort near in St. Petersburg, on June

Three men crossed the border from Russia into Finland Tuesday morning and claimed asylum. Finnish border guards are investigating suspected border offences.

Three men crossed the border from Russia into Finland Tuesday morning and claimed asylum. Finnish border guards are investigating suspected border offences.

Pakkasukko ja joulupukki Nuijamaalla

East meets West for a holiday hug

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on the Ukrainian crisis, President Sauli Niinistö reaffirmed Finland’s support for international sanctions against Russia. The President also discussed Finland’s history as Russia’s neighbour. Niinistö was one of the key speakers in a presidents’ panel discussion at the Munich conference.

President Niinistö defends use of sanctions at Munich conference on Ukrainian crisis

The tightening sanctions measures affecting Russian-Finnish relations have had minimal impact on Karelian Russians

Finland appreciated in Karelia despite sanctions, interviews show

"#Russia-watching has become a national obsession since #Finland broke free of the #Russian empire in 1917." - The Guardian

Finland back on red alert over expansionist Russia

"#Russia-watching has become a national obsession since #Finland broke free of the #Russian empire in 1917." - The Guardian

Aamulehti poll: 43% of #Finns see #Russia as a threat

A poll in the Tampere daily Aamulehti has found that 43 percent of Finns regard Russia as a security threat to Finland. That represents a big rise on the previous poll in March, when barely a quarter of Finns thought their eastern neighbour was a threat.

Four thousand #Russians come over the border to shop in #Lappeenranta every day

Finns on Russian border wary of Nato

Four thousand come over the border to shop in every day

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