Slovak national arrested in Russia after swimming across Narva River

The Narva River, with the promenade on the Estonian side at right.
The Narva River, with the promenade on the Estonian side at right. Source: Helen Wright / ERR

A man who swam across the Narva River separating Estonia from the Russian Federation can expect a prison sentence of as much as six years after entering that country without permission, evening paper Õhtuleht reports on its website.

Citing independent Belarusian news service Nexta, Õhtuleht reports (link in Estonian) that the man, a Slovak national, was detained earlier in the week after swimming across the Narva River, from the Narva side to the Jaanilinn/Ivangorod bank, which is in Russian territory.

The man was reportedly clad in a wetsuit and wore a rubber ring, as a buoyancy aid for the backpack he was also carrying.

The press department of the Leningrad region of the Russian secret service, the FSB, reported that the man was detained on May 1 and taken into custody two days later.

Estonian authorities were notified of the violation at the time.

What the purpose of the illegal trip was is not clear, Õhtuleht reports, while the prison term the man may face can range from two to six years.


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