There have been no significant changes in the number of asylum applications submitted by Russian citizens, the Ministry of Interior has confirmed.
Around 400 applications have been filed by Russians so far this year. In recent years, between 200 and 500 applications were submitted annually.
Military service or mobilisation does not directly constitute grounds for the granting of international asylum. Asylum can however be granted if the applicant has a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons such as political opinion.
There may also be grounds for seeking protection if the applicant is forced to commit war crimes during military service. In addition, the refusal to serve must carry a punishment to meet the necessary criteria for asylum, the ministry said.
The Finnish government is currently preparing the introduction of a new measure aimed at further restricting the number of Russian tourists entering Finland, with the Ministry of the Interior one of the government departments involved in the preparations.