Putin comments on grandmother deportation during Finnish visit

  • 2010-05-29
  • Helsinki Times

Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, unexpectedly took up the looming extradition of Irina Antonova, an 82-year-old Russian grandmother, during his visit to Finland on Thursday.

Putin referred to the matter as a humanitarian problem, suggesting that certain exceptions should perhaps be made in the case of old, disabled people.

However, Putin also acknowledged the matter was a complicated one and said Russia would arrange to take care of Antonova, should her family request it.

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