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‘Keep dancing’: Finnish women post videos of themselves partying to support PM Sanna Marin

Many women from Finland posted videos of themselves dancing to support Sanna Marin, the prime minister. Two videos showing her partying led to a scandal.

As she was facing criticism for a video of her partying, the women in Denmark and other countries have been posting clips of themselves dancing with friends to support the youngest head of state.

The videos have been accompanied by the hashtag #SolidaritywithSanna.

After two videos of Ms Marin, 36 years old, singing and dancing at a party and then enjoying herself in a VIP room in a Helsinki nightclub, she has been under fire.

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Some have criticized the clips, claiming they raise questions about the politician’s political judgment.

Critics also claim that her partying is irresponsible in a time where tensions with Russia are increasing due to her efforts for Finland to join NATO during Vladimir Putin’s ongoing war against Ukraine.

Since then, the prime minister has denied any allegations of drug-taking at her party. She said that she had completed a drug test and would make the results public once they were available.

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Ms. Marin, 34 years old, took oath to defend her actions and said that she only did “dance, sing hug my friends, and drink alcohol”.

She said, “I hope in 2022 it will be accepted that even decision makers dance, sing, and go to parties.”

In her statement, she also stated that she was “resentful” that the footage became public and claimed they were shot in private.

The first video leaked from Instagram Stories shows Ms Marin with her friends while she sings and dances to songs by Antti Tuisku and Finnish rapper Petri Nygard.

Soon after, a second clip of Ms Marin and Olavi Uusivirta, a male popstar, was leaked.

Ms Marin, who is married to Markus Raikkonen from 2020, denied that Mr Uusivirta had kissed her neck in the clip.

Image: Prime Minster of Finland Sanna Marin

Although there was no evidence that drug-taking was evident in the clips, media outlets claimed that the phrase “jauhojengi”, which means “powder band”, could be heard in one clip – referring to cocaine use.

Hoards of women uploaded videos of themselves drinking and dancing in response to the backlash.

According to Iltalehti, Petteri Jarvinen, a cybersecurity expert, suggested that Russia might have hacked Ms Marin’s phone or social media accounts.

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