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Asylum seeker stabbings
Last Friday saw a twin stabbing on the steps of parliament, when two asylum seekers knifed themselves in the stomach to draw attention to their plight. Police were tight-lipped about the details of the case, but Ilta-Sanomat reports new details on Tuesday.
The paper has met the two asylum seekers, and reports that they are Nikita and Aleksandr, a gay couple from Russia. Their asylum claim had been fast-tracked, according to IS, and were threatened with deportation to Russia.
The paper reports that the pair say they have no intention of going back to Russia, and that they were ready to die when they started their protest on Friday.
“We weren’t just thinking of ourselves, we wanted our actions to be of use to other Russian gay couples, so that Finland might realise they ar ein a hopeless situation,” the paper reports Aleksandr as saying. “We choose parliament as the location precisely so that the legislators might wake up.