Russian authorities detained a man who has built a fake frontier post in the woods near the country’s border with Finland and promised to smuggle four South Asian migrant workers into the Europe.
The man erected mock border posts and charged the four men more than $10,000 to take them to EU member Finland.
Authorities did not specify the nationalities of the would-be migrants involved in the incident which took place last week.
He installed sham fence posts purportedly marking the state border between Russia and Finland and took the group on a circuitous route by car and on foot before all five were detained.
A court in Saint Petersburg fined the South Asian men and ordered their deportation.
The man behind the smuggling scheme hails from Central Asia and could be charged with fraud.