Two oligarchs close to Putin became citizens of Finland
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Boris Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko received Finnish citizenship without the findings of the SUPO security police.
The Finnish news agency STT reported that the Migri migration service did not request a conclusion from the security police when Rotenberg applied for Finnish citizenship in the late 1990s.
In addition, Iltalehti reported that the Migration Service did not ask SUPO for the same opinion regarding Gennady Timchenko when considering his citizenship application.< /p>
Timchenko received a Finnish passport in 1999, and Rotenberg in 2003. Both Timchenko and Rotenberg are under US and EU sanctions. Their requests for citizenship coincided with the time when Putin worked in the Russian state administration as the head of the FSB security service, and then as president.
The post of head of Migri during the consideration of the applications of both oligarchs was held by Matti Saarelainen. The media reported that Saarelainen could contribute to the consideration of Timchenko's application. The ex-head of the migration service himself denies this.
SUPO conducted an investigation into the circumstances of granting citizenship to Timchenko, but it could not be completed due to Saarelainen's retirement.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich