GOVERNING BODIES! Finnish PM Sanna Marin in more hot water after video shows her getting HOT AND HEAVY with pop star

Sanna Marin claimed 'nothing inappropriate' occurred after a recently leaked video showed her dancing in close proximity with male pop singer Olavi Uusivirta

GOVERNING BODIES! Finnish PM Sanna Marin in more hot water after video shows her getting HOT AND HEAVY with pop star
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin faced heavy criticism after videos of her dancing at a nightclub went viral (@TomlinsonCJ, and @Visegrád 24/Twitter)
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HELSINKI, FINLAND: Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 36, defied her critics and defended her right to party on Friday, August 19, 2022, after the release of a video that shows her having an uproarious evening with friends earlier in the month. Marin argued that "everyone needs a fun and relaxed evening out" and that she should be allowed to let her hair down after spending the majority of her time juggling the responsibilities of governing the country and motherhood.

The married 36-year-old added that ''nothing inappropriate'' happened after a recently leaked video showed her dancing in close proximity with male pop singer Olavi Uusivirta at 4 am in Helsinki's Klubi nightclub and that her only regret is that "private" videos have made it into the public eye. Marin also stated that she has completed a drug test to prove her sanctity after more videos showed her dancing with friends in a house while someone in the background yelled ''flour gang.'' The term "flour" is slang for cocaine in Finland. Marin stated that she has never used drugs and did not witness anyone doing so on the night in question, which lasted from Saturday, August 6 evening, until the early hours of Sunday, August 7.

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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin addresses the media during the first day of a German federal government cabinet retreat at Schloss Meseberg on May 3, 2022 in Meseberg, Germany. Both Sweden and Finland are strongly considering applying for membership of the NATO military alliance following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The German government retreat is taking place following Chancellor Scholz's recent decision to supply Ukraine with heavy weaponry and as the European Union seeks to implement a phased-in ban of fossil fuel imports from Russia.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin addresses the media during the first day of a German federal government cabinet retreat at Schloss Meseberg on May 3, 2022, in Meseberg, Germany (Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images)

During a press conference, Marin stated that she had no government meetings on the weekend of the events captured on video. The night out has divided public opinion, with supporters of Marin arguing that she has earned the right to unwind after leading her country through the Covid pandemic and defying Vladimir Putin by applying to join NATO. However, critics have said her behavior is unfit for a world leader, while others have pointed out that she was technically on duty for emergencies on the weekend in question and questioned whether she would have been able to make decisions.

When confronted with the criticism on Friday, August 19, Marin stated that her entire tenure in office has been spent in a "crisis" and she was never been called for a meeting on a Saturday, August 20 night. When asked specifically about a developing military threat, she stated that Finland's security services would have detected and informed her of a troop buildup on the border ahead of time. She insisted that if it had been necessary, she would have left the nightclub and gone to her desk.

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Marin has previously made a point of her "normal person" image, claiming that she has received supportive messages from the public since the videos of her night out were leaked. Marin explained that the evening had been spent in two separate flats with about twenty people before heading out into town and visiting two bars. The first videos to go viral were from friends' homes, including Finnish pop star Alma and TikTok influencer Sabin Särkkä.

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The videos show the group dancing, singing, and posing provocatively to music. At one point, a voice can be heard mentioning the "flour gang". More footage from a nightclub where Marin and her entourage are said to have arrived around 2.30 am and stayed until 4.30 am was leaked on Friday. They show her with a swarm of friends, including several male companions. Marin can be seen dancing with Uusivirta at one point, with her arm around his shoulders and his face to her neck.

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According to witnesses who spoke to Finnish media, she danced with another two men in a similar manner and sat on the laps of two more, raising the question of whether she was still married. Marin married her long-term partner, former footballer Markus Raikkonen, in 2020. The couple has a daughter, who was born two years before they got married in 2018. Marin became one of the youngest world leaders and Finland's youngest prime minister at the age of 34 in 2019.

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The video comes just eight months after Marin was forced to apologize for going out clubbing after coming into contact with a Covid case. While Marin has reprimanded the person who leaked the video, she is known for sharing snippets of her personal life with the public on her Instagram account, including vacations and trips with her husband and lavish events where she flaunts her glamorous side.

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