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Tuesday's papers: Seinäjoki custody drama, Supercell foundation and lacklustre Bieber

Tuesday's newspapers include a custody battle with international dimensions, a software firm doing good with its riches, and a disappointing performance from Justin Bieber in Helsinki.

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On Tuesday Iltalehti reported the conclusion of one chapter in the latest controversial child custody case involving the Russian media. Last week it was reported in Russia that Finnish authorities had taken children of Russian parents into protective care. The parents were unhappy, the Russian media started to work as it had done in previous cases, and the Finnish authorities were unable to comment publicly.

Then on Friday, the children disappeared from the foster home they had been placed in after being taken by one or more persons. Authorities were notified on Saturday of the children's location, and by Monday evening--after extensive negotiations with social workers--the children were returned to the child protection unit. Social workers had, according to Iltalehti, already met the children on Saturday evening, but did not agree for them to return to social workers' care at that point.

The ten-year-old girl and five-year-old twins had been taken into care as an emergency measure last week. Police are investigating the case, and say they have their suspicions about who took the children from the care home, but did not elaborate when asked if the parents were involved, saying only that the police have not been in contact with the parents.

The authorities will decide in early October whether to seek a court order to keep the children in care, or to return them to their parents. The current emergency care order is only valid for 30 days.

Supercell's good deeds

The Finnish gaming firm Supercell has a burgeoning reputation as a good corporate citizen. The company does not engage in tax planning, and the owners frequently say how glad they are to pay taxes to the Finnish state to help maintain the social infrastructure that helped them to thrive.

It's an unusual message for a Finnish business to espouse, but the firm is also heavily involved in good works. Kauppalehti on Tuesday covers a foundation the company has set up to fund social projects and NGO activities.

The Me (which means 'us' in Finnish) foundation differs from most funding sources, according to Kauppalehti, in that it demands strict evaluation criteria for the projects it supports. That way the fund can channel money in the most effective way possible, and has evidence to back up its decisions. Project co-ordinators claim that project evaluation is difficult and therefore hasn't really been done in Finland so far, and that through radical openness they aim to build that knowhow.

unBeliebers

On Monday Justin Bieber played Helsinki, and his adoring fans were camped out for hours in advance of the show. They loved every second of it, for the most part, but the grizzled veterans in the press seats were not so easily impressed.

22-year-old Bieber is not a child star any more, and he has been doing this for a long time. 'Routine performance' was the headline on Ilta-Sanomat's report, which bemoaned his lack of enthusiasm.

"What's wrong with Bieber?" asked IS. "Is he poorly? Exhausted?"

None of the above, the journalist answered himself, saying that Bieber is more than likely just a little bored of doing the same thing over and over again. How appropriate, wrote the journalist, that Bieber's final song of the show was called 'Sorry'.

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