Sofi Oksanen

is an award-winning Finnish-Estonian writer and author of the bestselling novel Purge (Grove, 2010). Her latest work is When the Doves Disappeared: A novel (Knopf, 2015).


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A lion in a cage

On the Finlandization of Europe

In the aftermath of World War II, Finland pursued a policy of remaining on good terms with the Soviet Union with a view to safeguarding Finnish sovereignty. This strategy became known as “Finlandization”. A strategy that now haunts Europe, writes Sofi Oksanen, as Russia continues to focus on expanding its sphere of influence.

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