Thursday, April 11, 2013

Finland Blacklists Putin by Mistake

Finland has officially apologized after accidentally placing Russia's President Putin on a list of wanted criminals for his ties with a biker club. After the news emerged, Helsinki issued a number of apologies and removed Putin from the list. On Wednesday, Finnish TV broadcaster MTV3 exposed that Vladimir Putin’s name surfaced in a secret criminal register for his contact with the Russian motorcycle club, the Night Wolves. Being placed on the list translates to automatic detention at the Finish border as a criminal for a possible jail term of at least six months. The news has shocked the country and its leaders. Statements of apologies followed. The Russian president received the news with a certain degree of irony, but said he would not intervene in any way. Law enforcement was quick to correct the mistake and removed the Russian leader from the list.

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