24 Sep 2018 17:11

Russian border guard tightening control for those crossing to Finland, Estonia

ST. PETERSBURG. Sept 24 (Interfax) - The Federal Security Service's (FSB) border control department for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region has announced tightened control for people departing to Finland and Estonia from Russia due to attempts to cross the border illegally.

"Due to increasingly frequent attempts to cross Russia's state border illegally to both the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Estonia, the leadership of the border control department has taken a number of measures to counter illegal migration in accordance with existing legislation. One such measure is tightened control over persons and vehicles heading for the border zone, including those entering the town of Ivangorod in the Kingiseppsky district of the Leningrad region," the department's press service said on Monday.

The agency asks citizens to cooperate when their vehicles are being examined and to check and prepare the documents required at control posts thoroughly and in advance.