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Caught red-handed: Norwegian woman fined after left hand crosses Russian border

A woman in North Norway was handed a hefty fine when her left arm crossed the Russian border. 

Caught red-handed: Norwegian woman fined after left hand crosses Russian border
A border police officer at the Norwegian border. Photo by Petter BERNTSEN / AFP

Police in Finnmark, Northern Norway, have dished out a fine to a woman after she accidentally crossed the border on a trip to Treirksrøyen, the spot that marks the boundaries between Norway, Finland and Russia. 

The hiker climbed the spot that marks the borders and hugged what locals call the heart stone, which sits atop the cairn. 

Hugging the stone meant that her left hand crossed the border, which is illegal under The National Borders Act. 

The incident was picked up by CCTV at the site and reported to police by armed forces at the border. Local police then slapped the woman with a fine. 

“There are quite strict rules when it comes to crossing the border,” Lisa Moon Sneve, attorney for Finnmark Police District, told newspaper VG.

According to Sneve, this is a common offence. 

“I do not have the exact number, but there are so many cases like this where it is common for us,” Sneve said. 

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The woman has yet to respond to the fine, meaning that she could end up in district court in September if she refuses to accept the fine. 

If so, she risks having the fine increased to 9,600 kroner, or 19 days in prison if she is unable to pay or continues to refuse to pay the fine. 

Sneve says that the fine may seem excessive but that it’s necessary to prevent people from crossing the border illegally. 

“There are very many tourists who aren’t clear on how strict this actually is, but not being aware of the law is no excuse. The fines are high to prevent people from crossing the border,” she explained. 

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Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said. 

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