Finnish custom officials fined a couple crossing the border to finland at Salla an equivalent of $20 for having a few tablets of outdated metamizole (a very common analgetic in Russia) in their car’s first-aid kit.
Apparently expired medicines are legally classified as “hazardous waste” in Finland, with all the consequences.
Guess all that Syrian migrant business made the normally calm Finnish border patrol guys irritated and over-zelous in performing their duties.
Noticed an article on the flow of Eastern (Syrian, Afghan, North African etc.) refugees trying to get into Finland via Kandalaksha on the site of snob.ru, a major Federal-level monthly. We are becoming famous! The only sad thing is that I’ve had not a single request to act as a “guide” – a job that pays, according to Snob, $1500 per trip. Only a couple of accommodation request from people with Middle Eastern sounding names that didn’t show up anyway.
According to www.severpost.ru there is two groups totalling several dozen refugees from Afghanistan, Nepal, Iran, Iraque, Syria etc. stuck at the border crossing points of Salla and Lotta between Russia and Finland.
After the ban on bicycles crossing the border by the Finnish side migrants are buying cheap used cars in Russia to get over to Europe.
Still, with temperatures around -25C sleeping in cars is no fun.
There is a campaign on in Norway to transfer the peak of Halti (4479ft or 1365m) of the Scandinavian Mountains, currently on Norwegian territory a few hundred feet from the border, to Finland as a gift on the occasion of Finland’s 100 year anniversary of independence to be celebrated in 2017.
Osmo Kolu came to Russia 10 years ago and immersed himself into the local scene. Now he buys blueberry and cloudberry from the locals, sorts, packs, and freezes them, and sells either locally or to Europe.
I’d like to remind you that the general level of prices is now the lowest it has been in the last 5-7 years due to the recent fall of the rouble, giving a significant advantage to anyone contemplating investing into and doing business in Russia.
According to pravda.ru a helicopter of “unknown origin” penetrated the Finnish air space in the east part of the Bay of Finland to the depth of about 9km and spent around 6 min. above Finland. After two warnings from the Finns it flew back to Russia.
The incident apparently took place on Thursday, Dec. 10 2015.
Today, Dec. 6, is the Finland Independence Day. I take this as an opportunity to voice appropriate wishes to our Finnish friends as well as to all others who aspire to become independent from Mother Russia.