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Russia names former Soviet diplomat as new ambassador to Finland

Russia has named career diplomat Pavel Kuznetsov as its new ambassador to Finland. Kuznetsov’s appointment was announced in the Russian state news outlet Rossijskaja Gazeta.

Venäjän uudeksi Suomen-suurlähettilääksi on nimitetty Pavel Kuznetsov.
Pavel Kuznetsov has been named Russia's new ambassador to Finland. Image: Handout / Lehtikuva

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named Pavel Kuznetsov the country’s new diplomat to Finland. Kuznetsov, who is fluent in Finnish and English, had previously been deployed in Finland twice.

He was assigned to Finland as a diplomat representing the then-Soviet Union from 1980 to 1985, and from 1991 – 1996 as the Russian ambassador.

The 59 year-old is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations Mgimo. He was also ambassador to Slovakia and an advisor in the Russian embassy in Tallinn, Estonia.

Kuznetsov succeeds Ambassador Aleksandr Rumjantsevia, who was in the position for 11 years since 2006.

Kuznetsov’s appointment was first reported Helsingin Sanomat.

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