Turku has been twinned with St Petersburg since 1953, when the Russian city was known as Leningrad. With the current coterie in charge of the Kremlin, it could be argued that Turku made a wise decision. Both Vladimir Putin and Viktor Zubkov made regular visits to the former capital of Finland when they were part of the St Petersburg city administration, and people warmly remember some of the activities they took part in.
This is an article I spent all afternoon trying to read only to have it go up at the HS.fi site in English later on. Apparently John Vikström, the bishop of Turku (left of Vladimir in the photo) scored the winning goal and managed to bruise Putin’s ribs in the match. He’s a brave man, even if God is on his side.