Finland arrests German for trying to enter Russia illegally on bicycle
Border guards in southeastern Finland arrested a German citizen who was trying to reach Russia through the Nuijamaa border crossing by bicycle.
According to a statement issued on November 15, the border guard pointed out that the man who was moving on the border was caught the day before, on November 14, by the border guard patrol on the Russian side, who ordered the Germans to return to the Finnish side, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The German was summoned to the South Karelia District Court for a crime on the state border, and the case was discussed with the border commissioner of the Vyborg region,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, data provided by the Finnish Border Guard reveals that given the government’s decision to limit the entry of Russian citizens into Finland on September 30, the number of arrivals had dropped significantly.
According to these data, on November 13 alone, a total of 1,352 Russians entered Finland, while 1,105 left the country. Ten out of the total were refused entry into the country.
These data also show that 29 Ukrainian refugees applied for temporary protection on the same date in Finland. On the other hand, no Russian asylum seekers have been registered.
In the first week of this month, border guards in southeastern Finland arrested a Russian woman suspected of traveling with a fake passport from Finland to Russia. In this regard, the same source said that the woman was traveling to Russia, trying to cross the Vaalimaa border post.
In addition, on November 3, four other French citizens were suspected of having illegally crossed the border between Finland and Russia at Hukkajärvi in Kuhmo. In preliminary talks, the four Frenchmen said they were on the Russian side of the border lane and wanted to cross into Finland.
Previously, the Finnish government had offered a total of €6 million to fund a pilot barrier on the eastern border for this year.
Commenting on the decision, the Finnish Foreign Ministry added that the construction of a fence on the country’s eastern border would start with a three-kilometre-long pilot section.
However, Finnish authorities have revealed that next year the country will open its doors to a total of 1,050 refugees after the UN quota. According to the UrduPoint report, the countries from which the most refugees will come are Syria, Afghanistan, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo.