Seems like the starvation deaths fell upon certain groups and not others. The evidence is growing that the deaths of Soviet POWs was no unfortunate consequence due to wartime conditions, but the result of a deliberate decision by the Finnish government to let the marginalize [sic! marginalised] suffer in order to protect the majority.
The above statement contains a logical error, in that it implies that a deliberate decision made by the Finnish Government could not be the result of wartime conditions.
In fact, the high death rate among Soviet POWs and ethnic Russian civilian detainees could have been the result of both wartime conditions (ie an aggregate food shortage) and of a deliberate decision by the Finnish Government (ie to use the available food to provide an adequate diet to ethnic Finnish soldiers and civilians, and to give only what was left over to Soviet POWs and ethnic Russian civilian detainees, and other groups less deserving or important to the Finnish war effort, such as civilian prisoners or inmates of mental hospitals).
It is clear from the material posted by some Finnish contributors to this thread that the Finnish Government, or at least some of its agencies, decided to supply less food, or food of lesser nutritional value, to Soviet POWs and ethnic Russian civilian detainees (and to civilian prisoners and inmates of mental hospitals) than it it did to the ethnic Finnish population as a whole.
However, such discrimination is pardonable if there was indeed an aggregate food shortage, and there simply was not enough food available to provide every individual under the control of the Finnish Government with an adequate diet. Under such conditions, it was entirely natural for the Finnish Government to favour its own people at the expense of enemy prisoners and detainees. Providing a sufficient diet to the latter would have entailed depriving some members of the ethnic Finnish population, which no reasonable person could expect the Finnnish Government to have done.
It owuld have been an entirely different situation if the available food supplies had been adequate to provide a sufficiently nutritious diet to all persons under the control of the Finnish Government, but that government had maliciously decided to deprive certain disfavoured groups by storing food instead of distributing it to those groups, thereby exposing them to starvation.
For example, in the United States there was more than enough food to provide for everybody in the country, including all the enemy POWs and civilian detainees being held on its territory. Accordingly, there was no valid excuse for not providing an adequare diet to prisoners and detainees, and so far as I know there were no cases in the United States where POWs and ethnic Japanese and other civilian detainees were deprived of food. However, the situation in wartime Finland was entirely different, since Finland was not self-sufficient in food even in peacetime, and the war situation simply increased the difficulty of providing adequate food to the inhabitants of the country.