Finland to Putin: Sorry We Put You on Criminal Blacklist

It was a mistake, says a police spokesman
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
Finland to Putin: Sorry We Put You on Criminal Blacklist
Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes in the headwaters of the Yenisey River in 2007, sans shirt, of course.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

It's not your usual diplomatic nicety: Finland had to apologize to Vladimir Putin today after a Finnish TV station reported that the Russian president had turned up on the nation's secret criminal blacklist. Government officials say they're trying to figure out how Putin's name got there, though the TV station said it was because he had links to a Russian motorcycle gang called the Night Wolves, reports Radio Free Europe. Rest assured, Putin's name is now off the list and he can visit without fear of arrest at the border. Given his fond desire to be seen as a he-man, and a flying he-man at that, Putin probably didn't mind a bit. (More Finland stories.)

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