Question by Human: Finland’s border guard during the Cold War and escaped Gulag prisoners from Soviet Russia.?
Did Finland help or grant asylum to escaped gulag prisoners from Russia during the Cold War? Mainly the 1950’s. Or did they detain them and send them back to the Soviets?
For a work of fiction, I guess anything goes but I want to have as much historical accuracy as possible. I know of one story where a family escaped to Finland but that was prior to WW2. Japan is my other option for the escape.
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Answer by Tim D
I believe most gulags were far distant from Finland.
Finnish relations with the Soviets varied from warm to cold during the 1950s so the answer to your question would depend on the political relations of the day, they certainly wouldn’t provoke the Soviets without a good reason. Finland was destined to become a battleground of the Cold War with many intelligence services from around the world operating within and across its borders with the Soviet Union.
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