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Finnish professor fired after spying conviction

Finnish professor Timo Kivimäki, who was convicted of helping Russian spies in May, has been fired by Copenhagen University.

The university claims his continued employment would be inappropriate. Up to now he had been suspended from his position as Professor of International Politics.

Kivimäki will not appeal the verdict, although he continued to deny that he committed a crime throughout legal proceedings. He said that he had prepared reports for Russian diplomats on international questions, and sought co-operation with other researchers.

The Danish media has reported that Copenhagen University has discussed with Danish intelligence what kind of contacts researchers can have with foreign embassies.

Kivimäki’s sacking was reported first by the Danish broadcaster DR and news agency Ritzau.

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Sokos drops fur products, Centre party MPs threaten boycott

Jyväskylän Sokos.

The Finnish co-op group's department store, Sokos, has announced it will stop stocking fur products. The move brought plaudits from animal rights advocates, but criticism and threats of a boycott from Centre Party MPs. A store representative originally said the decision was made to improve animal welfare, but later, after the political backlash, S Group management corrected the message, saying the company had no official stance on fur production and was dropping furs due to a lack of demand.

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