A German man riding a bicycle attempted to cross the border into Russia from southeast Finland several times on Monday.
First, at the Nuijamaa crossing point, he was instructed that he could not enter Russia without a valid passport or a Russian visa.
The man then abandoned his bicycle about two kilometres away and walked through the forest to the Finnish-Russian border.
A patrol from the Southeast Finland Border Guard found the man near the crossing point on the Russian side of the border after he had gone to the scene of the incident. The patrol managed to order the man back to the Finnish side.
The man was then detained on suspicion of a border offence, and charged with a border offence at South Karelia District Court. According to the Finnish Border Guard, the situation has been discussed with the Russian border authorities in the Vyborg region.