29 Dec 2017 16:07

Men who broke through Russian-Finnish border arrested

ST. PETERSBURG. Dec 29 (Interfax) - The Vyborg City Court has arrested the driver and the passenger of the mini bus that broke through the Russian-Finnish border.

"The Russian citizen was arrested for two months, the Finnish citizen's arrest has been prolonged by 72 hours, a decision on his arrest will be made later," the press service for the Northwestern Investigative Directorate on Transport of the Russian Investigative Committee told Interfax on Friday.

The Vyborg court press service also told the agency that the passenger, a citizen of Finland, had been arrested.

Both men are charged with subjecting a Vyborg customs official to violence.

On Wednesday morning, a Vyborg customs officer got into a car driven by a man born in 1980 to inspect the cargo. There was a passenger, a Finnish citizen born in 1982, in the backseat.

In the process of the customs inspection, the vehicle headed for the exit from the customs post, failed to take a right turn, hit the barrier, and left the post's premises. The driver kept the car moving, directed something that resembled a handgun towards the customs officer, and told him to get out of the van.

The customs officer and the passenger had a fight, after which the officer was pushed out of the moving car. He sustained minor injuries. The perpetrators abandoned the vehicle in the town of Torfyanovka and escaped.

However, both border violators appeared at the customs office on Wednesday evening to provide testimony.