5/5/2023, 8:30 p.m
A man from Slovakia has made an adventurous attempt to infiltrate the Russian Federation. Dressed in neoprene and equipped with a swimming ring, he tried the “wet way” at the beginning of May, i.e. swimming across the river on the borders of Russia and Estonia. Now he faces prison.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Friday that on May 1, Russian border guards detained a man from Slovakia dressed in a wetsuit who was trying to cross the Narva River from Estonia to Russia.
According to the Estonian portal Postimees, border guards who belong to the FSB caught the Slovak right on the river bank. In addition to the wetsuit, he also had a swimming ring with him, to which was attached a plastic bag with his personal belongings.
”The border department has initiated criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Article 322 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (‘Unauthorized crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation’),” the FSB report said, according to Russia’s TASS news agency. The Slovak faces up to six years behind bars. He is now apparently in custody in St. Petersburg. The border guards who caught him belong to the Leningrad Region. It is not yet clear what led him to commit the crime.
The editorial staff of TN.cz contacted the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a request for a statement. “The Department of Diplomacy has received media information about the incident. The citizen of the Slovak Republic, nor his relatives, have not yet contacted our embassies in the Russian Federation or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The Russian authorities have not yet officially notified the Slovak side about the incident,” the ministry said.