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Russia Declares Finnish Diplomat in Anton Case Persona Non Grata

Russia has declared a Finnish diplomat persona non grata for helping a Finnish man to take his son, Anton, who also has Russian citizenship, out of the country.

Anton keinumassa isänsä kanssa
Image: YLE / Jari Pelkonen

A Russian foreign ministry statement says Finland's ambassador was informed Monday of the decision against Simo Pietilainen, a consul at the Finnish consulate in St.Petersburg.

The ministry said Pietilainen illegally took Paavo Salonen and his son,Anton, out of Russia.

Last week during his visist to Finland, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticized the consul’s action in the custody battle.

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