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APN podcast: No, Russia is not "moving equipment to the Finnish border"

As Finnish security policy debates step up, disinformation campaigns are also evident.

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Is Russia moving military equipment to the Finnish border? Headlines last week suggested that might be happening, but the reality is quite different. A video filmed in Russia and posted on social media was the source, but it did not show very much at all.

Charly Salonius-Pasternak, a researcher at the Finnish institute for International Affairs, told the APN podcast that most of the troops ordinarily stationed near Finland have been fighting in Ukraine.

"And based on various reports, one might say they've been decimated, or at least severely degraded," said Salonius-Pasternak.

"Some are even completely destroyed. So from a Finnish defence perspective, that's of course not a bad thing. And that's one of the reasons why basically every Finnish military analyst, or people who do research on these things, is saying that Russia does not have anywhere near the ability to conduct an operation against Finland like we're seeing in Ukraine."

You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, Spotify (siirryt toiseen palveluun), Apple Podcasts (siirryt toiseen palveluun) or wherever you get your podcasts.

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The APN podcast examines disinformation, the nurses' pay dispute and getting a job in Finland.

We also spoke to Jochen Faugel from the City of Helsinki's spouse programme about the issues facing people who came to Finland along with their partner, but don't have a job on arrival.

It's a crucial issue, according to Faugel.

"Many studies have shown that international employees choose to go back to their home countries if the spouses have a difficult time integrating," said Faugel.

Although many employers are looking to attract talent from abroad, they might be overlooking a pool of highly-skilled labour right here in Finland.

"One reason why many are looking abroad is to find skilled people, but hold on for a second and realise that there's also quite a lot of qualified people already here in Finland you can hire," he explained.

The podcast also includes a roundup of the week's top stories, your questions as sent in over the last two weeks, and an attempt to find out if Finnish nurses are really going to resign en masse to try and get a pay rise.

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This week's show was presented by Zena Iovino and Egan Richardson, and the sound engineer was Anders Johansson.

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