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Finland Drastically Cuts Tourist Visas for Russians

A screen shows options in various languages including Russian at Helsinki airport.

A screen shows options in various languages including Russian at Helsinki airport.

Photographer: Alessandro Rampazzo/AFP/Getty Images

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Helsinki (AP) -- Finland on Thursday slashed the number of visas issued to Russian citizens to a tenth of the regular amount in a move seen as a show of solidarity with Ukraine.

Finland, which shares the longest border with Russia of all European Union member countries, announced the decision in August amid growing pressure from politicians and ordinary citizens to restrict the movement of Russian tourists through the Nordic country as Moscow continues its war in Ukraine.