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Sun, 28 Sep, 2014 02:31:21 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Sept 28
 
 
The number of Finns who perceive Russia as a future threat to Finland’s security is on the rise, reported the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday based on a survey report.
 
Survey Institute Gallup in a poll found that more than 40 per cent of respondents believed that the Finns have a reason to be afraid of Russia. 
 
Four years ago only 20 per cent people considered this way. 
 
The poll report showed that more than half of the respondents estimated that Russia influences negatively to the security of their country. The figure is also double compared to the previous survey conducted four years back.
 
The Ukraine war and the harder position of Russia are might have been the reason behind the changes in the observation of people toward Russia, an expert Jaakko Iloniemi said.
 
 He pointed out that a few years ago Russia military exercises simulated a nuclear attack against Poland. 
 
The survey was conducted through interviewing more than one thousand people this month.
 
Earlier, in September 14 similar survey of Finnish language newspaper Kaleva conducted by Taloustutkimus also showed the high trend of people’s fear to Russia at the recent period.
 
According to the survey 43 per cent of the respondents viewed Russia’s threat as very huge or fairly huge.
 
The survey results said, most of respondents who perceive Russia as a threat to the country’s security are farmers and supporters of the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party) and the Vihreä Liito (Green League).
 
 
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