According to the Finnish media, the Russian tried to return to Russia on a French multiple entry visa. Everything would be fine, but it was this visa that aroused suspicion when passing through border control. It turned out that French border guards had already canceled it earlier.
During a further check, the authorities found 12 fake stamps in a Russian foreign passport, after which the Russian was charged with forging documents.
Sources say that a Russian citizen exceeded the period of stay in the European Union by 69 days, while the Schengen visa allowed him, as a non-EU citizen, to stay in the countries of the bloc of 26 countries no more than 90 days within six months. At the same time, it was possible to cross the borders an unlimited number of times.
There are many disputes and conflicting statements about crossing the Russian-Finnish border, since Russian citizens are carefully checked to see if they have the euro, and whether the currency is exported for personal needs. In some cases, it may be confiscated, while in others it is taken “for safekeeping”.
The incident follows new restrictions that came into effect against Russians in September.
Tourist visa applications from our citizens will now only be processed on Mondays in four — St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk and Moscow.
Finns resent the idea of turning Finland into a transit country when there is no air service from St. Petersburg and Moscow to the West. Russians arrive at Helsinki airport and immediately go to rest somewhere else.
Several European countries, including Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have already introduced visa restrictions for Russian citizens.
However, not all European countries are unanimous on this issue, since Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Germany eventually refused to restrict the issuance of visas to Russians.
Despite the new requirements and bans, the number of Russian citizens who buy real estate in Finland has risen sharply. According to Finnish media, in the first half of 2022, 212 transactions were made.