“Russia’s bunker busters will reach Finns underground” – how to ridicule and threaten at once

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When the respected Wall Street Journal publishes an article “Beneath Helsinki, Finns prepare for Russian Threat”, there are several ways media can react. And it is quite telling to observe the difference between mainstream journalists and pro-Kremlin outlets.

The story explains that while Russia is planning its biggest military exercise in years, Finland is going underground and Finnish soldiers routinely train in a network that features more than 124 miles of tunnels, passageways and shelters.

In Finland, media outlets tried to find out how much truth there was behind the catchy headline. They discovered that, although it is possible to transform the tunnel network for civil defence purposes, it is in fact decades old and activity there is not linked to the Russian military exercise. See here or here.

Meanwhile in Russia, the media’s reaction was twofold, as Keir Giles, associate fellow from the Chatham House put it on Twitter:

  1. We are no threat to anyone, you are hysterical and living in the last century.
  2. Our weapons are invincible and you cannot hide from them.

State-controlled Radio Sputnik took the first approach by interviewing an expert who said that Western propaganda about Russia’s military threat was now resulting in paranoia in Finland. Another Sputnik expert described it all as “anti-Russian psychosis”.  But he also pointed Finns towards the characteristics of Russian Iskanders – a short range ballistic missile system that is capable of “turning to dust not only one city, but a whole country”, as Sputnik reminds us.

Several smaller Russian-language websites also took the second approach and boasted of Russia’s bomb arsenal. “Russia’s bunker busters will reach Finns underground”, Politexpert said. “All the Finnish tunnels are powerless: Russian warheads are able to pass through the strongest reinforced concrete”, added Rusdialog.

Russian media reports thus tell us that Russia is not a threat to anyone, but also take us on a virtual reality tour of a Russian arms exhibition. They both laugh at Finns who are fool enough to prepare against an imagined threat and at the same time show off the arms capacity at Russia’s disposal.

“Russian army should take Finland by force!”

Svobodnaya pressa – a notorious disinformation outlet – prolonged the topic by connecting it to the new Finnish law making it illegal for unidentified military groups to cross the border. The amendment aims to tighten Finland’s territorial integrity against a situation that preceded the war in Ukraine in 2014.

Svobodnaya Pressa speculates that the Finnish military could now start to shoot at anyone who “prefers to wear camouflage” instead of civilian clothes. This disinformation is confirmed by a notorious pro-Kremlin propagandist, a self-styled “human rights activist” who in fact promotes e.g. the “peoples’ republics” in the East of Ukraine;  and is the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies representative in Northern Europe. This institute was founded by the President of Russia to provide information to his administration, and is led by the former head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service.

The discussion culminated on Sunday night in a talk show led by Vladimir Solovyov. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the populist and nationalistic leader of the LDPR party, repeated that Russia should grow its influence abroad. The way to do that would be to take Finland, among others, “with the army”.

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  • Scradje

    Sick and evil. What a godforsaken country pootlerstan is.

    • RedSquareMaidan

      As much as the Kremin complains about NATO, they sure give their neighbors reasons to join.

    • Mick Servian

      look at u u retard

      • svend lykkegaard

        Again a Blockbuster from a not so intelligent Russian.

        • Mick Servian

          not Russian, another retard moment for you??

    • Rafael Hernandez

      Then why is so many Ukrainians going there?

      • Scradje

        What does the squalid little naцi from a third world hellhole ‘rafael’ know about this topic? Your kremtroll earnings won’t improve your life in the El Torre de David slum, will they? Go join your friends on the daily stormer. Don’t come back.

    • Rafael Hernandez

      The only sick and evil is your brainwashed head. It has been exposed to so much Ukrainian propaganda, it’s beyond repair now

      • Scradje

        Take your worm tongue out of your fuehrer pootler’s a$$, kremtroll vermin.

  • Murf

    Russians are so easy to play.
    An article about some old tunnels in halsinki and they start spouting at wow invincible they are.
    They will drive the Finns right into NATO’s arms just like they did Ukraine.

    • veth

      Traitors of Ukraine from Crimea’s task force killed in Dagestan On August 28, two members of the Russian FSB’s special operations force were killed by local guerillas on the outskirts of Khasavyurt (Dagestan). World 21:10, 30 August 2017 150 READ LATER Screenshot The two operatives killed on a raid appeared to be Sevastopol-born former members of the Ukrainian SBU’s special force Alpha, who had been put on the wanted list by Ukrainian law enforcers for desertion, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Baybutlov and Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Rakitsky, journalist Yury Butusov wrote on Facebook. “Both traitors graduated from the Sevastopol Naval Institute named after Nakhimov, and in March 2014 served in the SBU’s Center for Special Operations in Sevastopol. Rakitsky was a commander of the group and Baybutlov – a chief specialist,” Butusov reported. In March 2014, in the wake of the Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula, Rakitsky and Baybutlov refused to comply with the orders of the higher command, and turned to the side of the enemy. In 2016, as a Russian reward for betrayal, they were awarded the Medal of the Russian Ministry of Defense “For the Return of Crimea.” Read also Moscow’s mercenaries reveal privatization of Russian geopolitics – media To verify their loyalty to the invaders, their unit, which became part of the FSB of the Russian Federation, was systematically deployed to take part in punitive operations in Chechnya and Dagestan. “Now the Crimeans, who exchanged their homeland for handouts from the enemy, became cannon fodder, while the ‘Russian world’ turned into ‘Russian death’ for these traitors,” the journalist wrote.

      Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/world/2107484-traitors-of-ukraine-from-crimeas-alpha-task-force-killed-in-dagestan.html

      • Murf

        A fitting end for traitorous scum.

    • Rafael Hernandez

      Actually if you watched Niinisto and Trump 2 days ago, you would know that they both want good relationships with Russia. Face it Russia is rising yet again, and this time nothing can stop them

      • Murf

        When you can not afford a Blue Water navy, you are not “On the rise”.
        Russian can barely get satellites into orbit.
        Whats more when you spend as much on health care as a failed African state you are not going to ever amount to much.
        Christ they can’t even build their own turbines for their power plants.

      • Murf

        Face it Rafe, Congress is in the drive’s seat.
        Trump can want what he wants but he has to go through Congress to get.
        There was no point in vetoing the latest sanctions because Congress had the votes to overcome his veto.
        But ask yourself Rafe, what has Trump ever done for Russia?

  • Dirk Smith

    Putie’s drunken monkeys want no part of the Finns.