Very well could be mere window dressing, the proof in the pudding will be in the Spring.
Russia stepping up border surveillance?
HS also has a story on Migrants in Russia who are hoping to cross into Finland. The so-called ‘Russian route’ has been well-used in recent months as the flow of asylum seekers through central Europe has slowed. In Finland there have been suspicions that the Russian authorities are turning a blind eye if not supporting the migrants as they head north-west towards the Finnish border in Lapland.
Hesari therefore finds it significant that the FSB just arrested 26 Afghans in Kandalaksha, Murmansk Oblast, on suspicion of illegal immigration (the story was first reported in Finland by Yle). Among the group are 11 children and 15 adults. The minors are in a care home in Kandalaksha and the adults are in detention facing the prospect of a year and a half in jail if convicted.
HS also cites Russian reports that among the group are an officer in an Afghan intelligence agency and an employee of the prosecutor’s office.