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Carl Haglund (SFP), an ex-Minister of Defence, is commended for his frank assessment of the disinformation practices of Russia in a report published by Chatham House. Chatham House, an independent political research centre based in the United Kingdom, has published a report of exercise of power by Russia.

Keir Giles, a leading expert on security issues related to Russia, argues in the report that the techniques of hybrid warfare employed by Russia are not a new phenomenon but represent a continuation from days of the Soviet Union. The techniques and methods displayed by the country in Ukraine, he writes, are similar to those of the Soviet Union – with the exception that they take advantage of contemporary technological enablers.

Finland has according to him been well aware of the objectives of Russia because it was targeted by similar methods at the onset of the Second World War. Giles calls particular attention to Carl Haglund (SFP), a former Minister of Defence, who estimated as early as nearly two years ago that Russia is systematically seeking to influence the dissemination of information by misrepresenting issues.

“It's obvious that this partially distorted flow of news and clearly erroneous reports circulating in the Russian media would not be circulating without the consent of the leadership of Russia,” Haglund said in an interview with YLE in September 2014.

Haglund was generally outspoken in regards to Russia during his term as the Minister of Defence. He stated to Uusi Suomi in mid-2014 that Russia is seeking to steer foreign and security policy-making in Finland and does not consider the country as its equal.

“Early and candid public recognition of the problem has been a key enabler for addressing it; as with, for example, Finland's former defence minister, Carl Haglund, who was one of the first senior European officials to call public attention to the threat,” acknowledges Giles.

The measures taken against Finland and Sweden, however, have not yielded their desired results from the viewpoint of Russia as the two countries have shifted closer towards Nato, he analyses.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Petteri Paalasmaa – Uusi Suomi
Source: Uusi Suomi

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