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Russian security service detains 2 citizens of Ukraine, Sweden on border

March 20, 2014, 11:31 UTC+3 BELGOROD
The detainees were taking pictures of local facilities where Russian military hardware was deployed in the border zone at settlement Oktyabrsky in Belgorod Region
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International crossing on the Russian-Ukrainian border (archive)

International crossing on the Russian-Ukrainian border (archive)

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BELGOROD, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB) detained two citizens of Ukraine and Sweden taking pictures of local facilities where Russian military hardware was deployed in the border zone at settlement Oktyabrsky in Belgorod Region, the south of the European part of Russia, the regional FSB department told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“A Swedish citizen crossed the Russian border in a Mercedes car belonging to a Polish citizen on the so-called business visa accompanied by a Ukrainian citizen with the goal of visit stated as tourism,” the regional FSB department said.

In a check of a Swedish citizen who is officially unemployed, photos of events at Kiev riots, rallies and marches in Georgia along with pictures taken near the city of Belgorod were found on him. According to FSB reports, marks about a visit to Georgia during disturbances were found in his passport.

Vigilant local residents helped to detect and detain suspicious people, FSB regional department said. Immediately after questioning at the law enforcement agency, the detainees were deported to Ukraine. They will be banned from entering Russia.

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