Six Iranian citizens were arrested when they tried to cross the River Narva by rubber boat, another in Tallinn several hours later. The illegal crossing of the temporary control line was discovered on May 8 at 2.30 in the morning, authorities reported.
Two border patrols as well as police nearby managed to make the arrest a few minutes after the people had made it to the Estonian side of the river.
Asked about their origin, the six made contradictory statements, but according to information currently available to the Police and Border Guard, the two women, two men, and two children are citizens of Iran.
According to the border guards involved, a seventh man managed to escape, but was arrested later on the same day at the D Terminal of the Port of Tallinn. The man had hitchhiked to the capital.
This is the third incident of people crossing the Estonian-Russian border illegally this year. Last year 23 incidents were registered, and 31 in 2014.
Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn