Finland’s PM takes drug test ‘for his own legal protection’ after leaked video

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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she took a drug test “for her own legal protection” after a video of her dance and lip-syncing songs at a private party was leaked.

Ms Marin defended her actions, saying she drank alcohol with friends but did not use drugs.

A video posted to social media on Thursday showed six people at a party dancing and syncing to a song, including Ms Marin. Later in the video, the 36-year-old Prime Minister is seen on her knees dancing while lip-syncing.

“I took a drug test for my own legal protection, the results of which will come in about a week,” Ms Marin told a news conference on Friday, according to the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper.

Speaking in English, Ms Marin, the Nordic country’s youngest prime minister, said she had no government meetings over the weekend and “I had some free time and I spent it with my friends. And I haven’t done anything illegal.”

It is not known when the party took place.

But the uploaded video comes after Finland decided to limit the number of visas issued to Russians from September 1, amid a rush of Russian tourists heading to Europe.

Normally, there are around 1,000 visa application appointments in Russia every day, according to the Finnish government, but this number will soon be limited to 500 per day.

Finland, Estonia and other EU countries bordering Russia have pushed for an EU-wide ban on Russian tourists, but other EU leaders, including the Chancellor German Olaf Scholz, dismissed the idea as counterproductive.

Despite Russia’s ban on air travel to the European Union, Russians have been able to vacation in Western Europe this summer by traveling overland through neighboring countries on tourist visas valid throughout the travel zone without borders of Europe.

Sanna Marin defended her actions and denied using drugs (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

According to the newspaper, Ms Marin told reporters on Friday that “it should be accepted that even decision-makers dance, sing and party” at times. She added “it’s up to the voters (to decide) what they think of it”.

Parliamentary elections in Finland are held every four years and the last one was in April 2019.

Critics have noted that Finland, which shares an 832-mile (1,340 km) land border with Russia, faces high electricity prices, among other serious consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The country recently abandoned its long-standing position of neutrality and applied to join NATO.

Ms Marin has previously said she will continue to have a personal life despite her job. In July, she attended a popular Finnish rock festival.

In December, she apologized after going clubbing until 4 a.m. without her work phone, failing to be told she had been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. She did not test positive.

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