Little Finland has been a burr in a bear's paw. The bear has alternately gone after it with tooth & claw, licked it with honeyed tongue. Before last year's elections, Russia offered the Finns a friendship pact, reduced their reparations debt. The maneuver failed. The Finns trotted off to the polls, returned even fewer Communists to the Diet than they had had before. Last week, on the eve of Finland's presidential election, the bear bared his teeth.

Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko sent a peremptory note accusing Finland of harboring more than 300 "war criminals," the last of thousands of...

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