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World People smuggler 'built fake border post in Russia'

01:50  05 december  2019
01:50  05 december  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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A man has been arrested in Russia for erecting fake border posts to trick four migrant workers into thinking they had entered Finland. The fake smuggler is facing the more serious charge of fraud. He has been detained, pending trial. Officials did not specify which country the men were originally from.

FAKE border crossing 'with Finland' in Russia and charged five men £8,000 before ' smuggling A central Asian conman in Russia created a fake ' border crossing' in the woods He led them round in circles to the fake border and all five men were arrested But he never intended to help the men reach the West, instead installing a fake frontier post

a sign on the side of the road: The real border between Finland and Russia - which the men did not reach© Getty Images The real border between Finland and Russia - which the men did not reach

A man has been arrested in Russia for erecting fake border posts to trick four migrant workers into thinking they had entered Finland.

After reaching the posts, the man left the group to wander alone in what they believed was the EU country - but was actually a swampy forest in Vyborg.

After a while the four South Asian men were stopped by real border guards, who told them they were still in Russia.

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He created a fake Russian -Finnish border somewhere in the forest on Russian soil, and then led his clients on a long hike to it. The ‘guide’ tried to make the Violating the border is a criminal offence in Russia which can result in up to six years in prison. However, since no actual border was violated by

Smugglers have secretly improved a country road near the Russia -Belarus border so they can drive lorries full of contraband EU fruit past Russian Since then, the number of lorries crossing legally from Belarus has increased dramatically in the last year to 73,000, all of which Russian customs have to

The "smuggler" had reportedly made them pay over €10,000 ($16,000) each.

All five men were reportedly detained on 28 November.

On Wednesday, a court in St Petersburg fined the would-be migrants for immigration offences and ordered their deportation.

The fake smuggler is facing the more serious charge of fraud. He has been detained, pending trial.

Officials did not specify which country the men were originally from.

Footage posted on Russian social media appears to show the men being arrested. They are seen standing in the darkness among fir trees, holding their hands up as FSB border agents shine torches on them.

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