read - An Interview with H.E. Amb. Harry Helenius » The President of the Republic appointed Harry Helenius on 9 July as Ambassador to Russia as from 15 August 2004. Helenius entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1973. He has served in the Embassy in Madrid, in the Mission to CSCE Follow-up Meeting in Vienna, in the Embassy in Moscow, twice, and in the Embassy in Stockholm and as Consul General in St. Petersburg.
In the ministry Helenius has worked as Secretary General of the Commission for the Scientific and Technical Co-operation between Finland and the USSR, as Director of the Unit for Russia and Central and Eastern Europe in the Political Department, as Head of Division for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and, since 2003, as Director General of Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. From June 2008 to June 2011 he served as Finnish Ambassador in Berlin, Germany.