Disinfo: Board of directors of Finnish energy company Fortum: Chairman is the Minister of Defence, and one of the members represents Finnish political police


The West has started a “Cold War” to destroy Russia and conducts it systematically and  consistently. [—]

As a proof of the meaning the Finnish leadership gives to Fortum and of the potential direction of its work serves the fact that the chairman of the board of directors of Fortum is, according to media, not the minister of economy and not even the prime minister, but the defence minister of Finland. Representative of Finnish political police is a member of this board.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Western aggression. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=cold+war&disinfo_issue=&date=,

The Finnish defence minister is Jussi Niinistö. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Finnish energy company Fortum is Matti Lievonen, who is is the President & CEO of oil refining company Neste Corporation.

There is no such thing as "Finnish political police". In the Board of Directors of Fortum, there are five Finnish citizens, and all of them have a background in business management. www3.fortum.com/about-us/investors/corporate-governance/board-directors,

Further debunking by newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. www.hs.fi/talous/art-2000005643454.html,

Later, the author of the article Mikhail Delyagin answered to the criticism raised by Fortum. Delyagin explains the wrong information about the Board of Directors of Fortum was taken from Russian articles published two years ago, and as Fortum had not demanded corrections to the information published then, Delyagin did not have a reason to not trust that information. In the same answer Delyagin mentions that there are "horrific repressions against Russian families" in Finland - a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message debunked here: euvsdisinfo.eu/report/finland-practises-juvenile-terror-children-are-taken-away-from-their/,


The original article by Delyagin in Rossiyskaya Gazeta has not been corrected as of 17 April 2018.


  • Reported in: Issue104
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Finland
  • Keywords: Energy, The West


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