Leaders of the SAMK student union have met to discuss Hildén-Järvenperä’s university board status after news of her appointment as Press secretary of the representative body for the Donetsk Peoples’ Republic was made public on Friday.
The student union is currently in talks to determine whether Hildén-Järvenperä’s position on the board should be brought into question.
The association cannot influence SAMK appointments directly, because the board is chosen on a political basis and Hildén-Järvenperä holds her position under an SDP mandate. A statement may still be made on the student union’s behalf if the student body so chooses.
The so-called ‘Donetsk Peoples’ Republic’ is a state without international recognition that has been declared independent by East-Ukrainian separatists. The Republic's representative body in Finland is led by docent Johan Bäckman, who claims he has received a mandate to the position from the Republic’s highest council.