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Dispatches Jan 22, 2018

Red Dawn in Lapland

A band of elite Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country. (Joonas Mattila/Finnish Army)
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On the 833-mile border between Finland and Russia, a band of elite Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country if Russia decides it wants to again redraw the map of Europe. With tensions still high after the Kremlin’s invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, writer David Wolman went to Finland to find out what this tiny band of Finns can possibly do if the Russian war machine heads their way. Quite a lot, it turns out.

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