Vatnik Soup
Soup number8
Date27.10.2022
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Vatnik’s country of originFinland
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Paavo Lipponen

Today’s Finnish #vatnik report may ruffle some feathers. It’s a story about how love... sorry, business conquers all. Our main character (for once) is someone who has immense influence in the 🇫🇮 politics. His name is Paavo Lipponen, a former, two-term Prime Minister of 🇫🇮 1/7 Image
During 2008-2022, Lipponen lobbied the infamous, Gazprom (i.e. 🇷🇺-state) owned Nord Stream gas pipe. This job was offered to him by two Germans and Putin’s BFF’s: ex-chancellor of Germany, Gerhard Schröder, and a former Stasi agent Matthias Warnig. 2/7 Image
Before joining their crew, Lipponen consulted 🇫🇮 current president, Tarja Halonen and PM Matti Vanhanen about the job, and they okay’d it. Month after the first meeting between Lipponen, Schröder and Warnig, 🇷🇺 invaded 🇬🇪. They had already invaded Chechnya for the 2nd time before. 3/7 Image
To Lipponen’s defense, his plan to switch from nuclear (that was shunned after the Chernobyl incident) to gas was already hatched back in the ’90s. It was initially planned to be coordinated with 🇸🇪, but after they refused, the focus was steered to 🇷🇺’s gas fields. 4/7
During ’07-’21, Cosmopolis (Lipponen’s company) had made ~3, 4 million euros in profit and Nord Stream AG was most definitely one of the company’s biggest clients. Lipponen continued to consult for 🇷🇺-state owned Nord Stream throughout all these events:

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2008 South Ossetia War
2009 Murder of Sergei Magnitsky
2014 Crimea annexation, invasion of Donbas, shoot-down of MH17
2018 Skripal murders
2022 Invasion of Ukraine

In March 2022, the contract between Lipponen-owned Cosmopolis and Nord Stream AG was dissolved. 6/7 Image
This report referenced Tommi Nieminen’s (.@TommiHNieminen) amazing work, “Putkimiehet” ("Pipemen"): hs.fi/sunnuntai/art-…

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