Russian border guards have reportedly arrested four people for trying to cross the country’s northern border into Norway. Russian security agency FSB, which is responsible for the country’s border guard service, said those arrested are citizens of Morocco.
The Independent Barents Observer, the Kirkenes-based news service that specializes in covering Arctic issues, reported that it remained unclear where the arrests were actually made. Nor was it clear how the four detained were attempting to cross the border from Russia to Norway.
The Norwegian-Russian border runs for nearly 200 kilometers just east of Kirkenes, from the Barents Sea in the north to the southern end of Norway’s Pasvik Valley, with much of it running along a river. There is only one official border crossing point at Storskog, which attracted a lot of attention in 2015 when hundreds of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East used it as an entry point into Norway and Europe.
See the Independent Barents Observer’s storyon the recent arrests here.