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Russian citizen Mira Terada and her mother Svetlana Rogozhin were detained by the Finnish Central criminal police on December 15 in the Helsinki-Vantaa airport transit area at 07:20, in the international transit area outside of Finnish legal jurisdiction. She was abducted them to the Finnish juridical area, where Mira was arrested at 08.20 hrs and was taken to Vantaa prison. Mother was sent back to the transit area.

They were traveling by Finnair to Spain for a short vacation. They had Spanish visas and were in Helsinki-Vantaa airport for transit only. They were forcefully moved from the international transit area to Finnish legal territory. Terada was officially arrested at 08:20 and taken soon thereafter to the Vantaa prison where she was locked in a so-called “matkaselliin,”—a travel cell with 4-5 other prisoners. All her belongings were confiscated by police, including her medicines, which she has not received back yet and which she is in desperate need of.

This is clearly a form of torture by police—confiscating medicines needed to recover from gunshot wounds she received in the US. The actions against Terada and her mother starting at 7:20 and continuing with forcefully taking them to Finnish territory are a clear case of state terror, violating the 1979 International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages.

Terada has not received any proper medical care in the Finnish prisons. She was heled at the Vantaa prison till the end of 2018 and then moved to the Hämeenlinna prison, which was already closed because of mold and other problems. She was later transferred to the Turku prison, where she is today. She has been in prison for more than three months without being charged—a clear habeas corpus case.

Her mother was released after the arrest and taken to the international transit area in the airport and left to fend for herself. She was able to return to St. Petersburg with the help of relatives and friends, as she could not continue her travels to Spain.

Terada should have been interviewed by the police officers immediately upon her arrest in December in the presence of an interpreter and a legal advisor. She has never seen the police reports from that day. She was interviewed by the police for the first and only time on March 4, and has yet to receive those reports either in Russian or in English.

As a Russian citizen, Terada should not have been arrested at all with the US demanding extradition. Such a demand and process for extradition is not valid for Russian citizens, prevented by the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty, specifically by article 3, and also article 3 of the Moscow Peace Treaty of 1940. Article 3 in the Moscow Peace Treaty is as follows:

3 Artikla /(talvisodan Moskovan vuoden 1940 rauhansopimuksesta)
Molemmat Sopimuspuolet sitoutuvat kumpikin puolestaan pidättymään kaikesta hyökkäyksestä toistansa vastaan ja olemaan tekemättä mitään liittoja tai osallistumasta koalitio-liittymiin, jotka ovat suunnatut jompaakumpaa sopimuspuolta vastaan.

Статья III
Обе Договаривающиеся Стороны обязуются взаимно воздерживаться от всякого нападения одна на другую и не заключать каких-либо союзов или участвовать в коалициях, направленных против одной из Договаривающихся Сторон.

Article 3
Both contracting parties undertake each to refrain from any attack upon the other and to make no alliance and to participate in no coalition directed against either of the contracting parties.

This means that any agreements between Finland and the US are not valid for Russian citizens. 
Articles 6 and 7 of the Paris Peace Treaty are also applicable.

Finnish state TV and radio monopoly YLE reported on the case on December 28 based on information from the police officer Ritva Santtila. One might assume that reporting from the police is true, but it contained simple lies, especially that Terada was stopped at border control in the airport. In fact, police detained her and her mother almost immediately after the Finnair plane landed. The police obviously had been informed, probably from the Finnair office in St. Petersburg, that she and her mother were on the plane, and the circumstances of their arrest can be checked against surveillance footage.

YLE also reported that Terada’s poor health was reported to the Finnish administration already at their detention on December 15, which was based on a so-called Red Notice arrest warrant from Interpol. Terada has never been allowed to read this document. 

There have been no replies to a number of our requests to the police as to where Terada’s medicines are and why they have not been returned to her though she is in urgent need of them.  

Her detention and arrest stem from warrants issued by US authorities, which she only recently saw and which are mere “science fiction.” She has not committed the crimes that the US claims. Terada should not have to prove her innocence—the burden should be on the other side, but to protect her best interests she must uncover the lies in the warrants, as in her official notes to the Finnish Ministry of Justice dated January 23 and recorded in the Ministry the next day as VN 7119 2018.

Exhibit D. There are two pictures supposedly of Terada. One is from her passport, while the other is of a woman totally unknown to her. 

Exhibit B-2. The December 19th arrest warrant has no official registry stamp and is thus invalid.

Page 5 has “testimonies” based on stories by two criminals CC-1 and CC-2, who started to co-operate with US law enforcement officers. Upon their own arrest they “outlined VOVK’s (Terada) participation in the conspiracies to distribute cocaine and launder drug proceeds”. This “outlining” is not proper witnessing under oath and not applicable in Finnish courts.

A person who is himself charged with a crime cannot be a truthful witness. 

Terada has been charged in two conspiracies involving drugs and money laundering. Conspiracies need two or more persons, but Terada is the only one who has been identified. For the others, only codenames such as CC-1 and CC-2 have been disclosed. 

It is claimed that Terada is the owner of the Stylish Traveller LLC company, though this has never been true—her husband is the owner. Terada never even had a green card.

US papers have also written about Terada controlling a certain bank account, though, again, this is not true. The account belonged to her husband, and she was only allowed to withdraw from it. A list of deposits was also published, though this does not prove money laundering. It is claimed that she withdrew $800 on December 9, 2015, though this is impossible as she was immobilized due to a car accident. 

Terada is the principal bread winner for her closest relatives in St. Petersburg, who are now in a desperate financial situation without her assistance, though I Jali Raita has given her and her relatives some financial help for their most urgent needs.

Blood tests were run on Terada on March 30, and she is awaiting results from the Turku University hospital. The Russian Consulate General in Turku has been active in her case. 

Generally, it cannot be accepted that American officials should dictate the future and destiny of Russian citizens and how Finland practices law. Finnish-Russian relationships on the state and personal levels should be based on agreed treaties, most importantly the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty. We cannot accept the US trying to rule the entire world. We must stop it now, and Finland is on the front line in the Terada case.

MS Terada Mira is suffering still of those gunshot wounds. In Finnish prisons she has been refused for health care. She is facing possible paralyzing. Her medicaments were confiscated by Finnish central criminal police already on 15th of December 2018, which she has not received back after several requests.

American Hunting on Russians in Finland

American Hunting on Russians in Finland

American Hunting on Russians in Finland

American Hunting on Russians in Finland

Author: Jali Raita