The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo) has drawn attention to suspicious land and property transactions made by foreign nationals in Finland in a report presented to the Administration Committee of the Parliament, reports Iltalehti.
Supo suspects that the properties acquired by foreign nationals, namely Russians, could be used in the event of a crisis to, for example, accommodate unmarked military troops.
The report states according to the daily newspaper that the transactions are seemingly not motivated by conventional business or ownership interests and can therefore be interpreted as indications of preparing to have an influence in the event of a crisis.
“Measures that may be about preparing to have an influence in the event of a future crisis are detected constantly,” Supo reminds according to Iltalehti. “Land owners working on behalf of a foreign power can build structures on their properties that can be utilised to, for example, shut down transport routes or accommodate unmarked troops in crisis conditions.”
Supo also reminds that an atypically high number of foreign intelligence officers are stationed in Finland, thus echoing the concerns of the Administration Committee. The Administration Committee highlighted in its statement on the Government's Foreign and Security Policy Report that in relation to population the number of foreign intelligence officers stationed in the country is among the highest in the West.
“Supo must in the years to come be able to step up investments in technological systems, personnel and special expertise in order to combat illegal intelligence activities,” it said in its report.
The Administration Committee has also pointed out that all Russian citizens, regardless of whether or not they have obtained dual citizenship, are obliged to assist their national security officials under the laws of Russia.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi