Finland rocked after SCANDALOUS party video of PM Sanna Marin sparks claims of drug abuse
KUOPIO, FINLAND: Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin vehemently denied using drugs after she landed in hot water over a video that showed her having a wild party with celebrity friends.
The 36-year-old glamorous politician let her hair down as she partied with the star-studded group in what appeared to be a private apartment. She was seen dancing and cavorting with the group in a video shot on a cell phone. The raucous scenes sparked outrage and prompted Finnish MP Mikko Kärnä, from Marin's coalition partner Centre Party, to urge her to take a voluntary drug test. However, the PM denied using drugs and said she had "nothing to conceal or hide."
"I haven't used any drugs, so it's not a problem to take a drug test, but I also think it's quite special that something like this is required," Marin told reporters at a press conference in Kuopio's Rissala airport on Thursday, August 18. "I didn't see any evidence that anything was used anywhere," she added. Earlier in the day, she defended herself by saying, "I have danced, sung, celebrated, done legal things," while insisting that she had not been drinking heavily. Marin also lashed out at the person who leaked the videos, which she said were from a couple of weeks ago. "I trusted that since the videos are private and published at a private event, they would not be published," Marin said, adding, "It feels bad that they have been published."
Marin was asked if the viral clip warranted a police investigation, to which she said she still didn't know if anything illegal had happened and that it would "hardly be a police matter." She further revealed that the evening had been spent in two separate apartments with about twenty people. The group apparently also visited two bars. That said, the leaked video was taken from the Instagram stories of a private account and appears to show the Finnish PM and her group of celebrity pals partying without inhibitions. Among the public figures seen in the clip are Finnish singer Alma and her sister Anna, rapper Petri Nygard, TV host Tinni Wikstrom, photographer and influencer Janita Autio, radio host Karoliina Tuominen, as well as some MPs from her own Social Democratic party.
The video has sparked criticism in Finland from those who deemed Marin's conduct inappropriate for a world leader, especially when Finland is under national emergency after the country ended its historical neutrality to join NATO and entered the conflict with a belligerent Russia.
Earlier this week, the German tabloid Bild dubbed Marin as "the coolest politician in the world" for her relaxed style of leadership. The paper described her as "relaxed, modern and self-confident" while noting that she "can also party." Bild wrote that Marin belongs to the "cool generation" which Vladimir Putin doesn't appreciate. And while there are many criticisms over the leaked video, there are also those who believe the notoriety would give her a potential popularity boost for behaving in a way many young people would relate to.