A Russian man surfed across the Narva River, crossed the border to Estonia to avoid enlistment in the army, but was arrested and deported.
The unidentified 38-year-old man crossed the Narva river between Russia and Estonia on a paddle board at dawn on September 26, according to Estonian television station ERR. The Estonian border force in Narva-Joesuu then used sniffer dogs to track down and detect this illegal border crossing at the bus stop.
The man was taken to the border checkpoint to undergo administrative procedures for illegal border crossing and deported back to Russia. This person told Estonian authorities that he crossed the border to avoid enlistment because of a partial mobilization order issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.
The Estonian government has beefed up border security since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the end of February. Eerik Purgel, head of border guard and immigration control in Estonia’s Ida province, said that the country This has not yet seen an increase in migration from Russia.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and, if necessary, will send additional forces to the border,” he said.
Narva-Joesuu is located in the extreme northeastern corner of Estonia, where the Narva River flows into the Gulf of Finland. Estonia stopped issuing visas to Russian tourists in August and, along with the rest of the Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania, restricted the entry of Russian citizens applying for visas to other Schengen countries from the beginning of this month. .
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week issued a partial mobilization order. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that the military plans to mobilize 300,000 additional servicemen in reserve to serve in the military operation in Ukraine, equivalent to more than 1% of Russia’s total mobilization potential of 25 million people.
Ukraine and the West criticized Russia’s move, calling it a “bad, wrong step” and a “disturbing escalation”. Some inadequacies in the early days of implementing the mobilization order of the Russian army caused much controversy and frustration in the country’s public opinion, while some Russian men sought to go abroad to avoid the mobilization order.
Finland said on September 26 that the number of Russians coming to the country had increased dramatically and plans to significantly limit the number of Russian citizens entering the country. Norway also reported a slight increase in the number of people entering from Russia at the Storskog border crossing in the northernmost part of the country.
Huyen Le (Theo RT, AFP)