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Alpo Rusi: "Former PM Kalevi Sorsa was on Tiitinen's Stasi List"

Finnish diplomat Alpo Rusi claims the late former Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa was one of the 18 names on the so-called Tiitinen list, which listed people who had contacts with the former East German security police, the Stasi. Rusi makes the claim in his book published on Tuesday. His allegation was, however, immediately denied by the Secretary General of the Finnish parliament, Seppo Tiitinen.

Seppo Tiitinen, Alpo Rusi ja Kalevi Sorsa
Seppo Tiitinen (vas.), Alpo Rusi (kesk.) ja Kalevi Sorsa Image: YLE ja Erkki Suonio

Rusi claims he gained the information from a long-serving departmental head at the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (SUPO).

“He wanted to tell me just two weeks before his death that the name of Kalevi Sorsa was on the list,” said Rusi at his book launch on Tuesday.

However, the Secretary General of the Finnish parliament, Seppo Tiitinen, denied that Sorsa was on the list.

In 2003, SUPO investigated Rusi on suspicion of espionage on behalf of the Stasi between 1969 and 1976. No charges were brought in the absence of credible evidence. Rusi’s brother Jukka had, however, been in contact with the Stasi.

Rusi claimed SUPO had singled him out and challenged why the security agency had not investigated any of the 18 names on the now-infamous list. His assertion was backed by his friend, Olli Rehn, who currently serves as the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs.

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