Cubans attempting to reach the EU on air beds; stopped by Russia
31th July, 2021
Three Cubans are facing deportation from Russia after attempting to cross one of Europe's most sensitive border rivers on air beds. According to Russian border officials, they were arrested trying to paddle into Estonia, an EU member state. They allegedly informed guards that they wanted to get to Spain, where one of them has a kid. Cubans only need their passports to visit Russia for tourist, but they require a visa to enter the EU legitimately.
Over the last 60 years, tens of thousands of people have attempted to flee communist Cuba, but the majority of them have left the Caribbean island for the United States, travelling by boat and ship, often at considerable personal risk. The three people seized on the Russian River Narva were sent to a migrant holding centre near St Petersburg, where they were fined and deported. According to the guards, they planned their passage after carefully examining the area topography and obtaining the air beds. They were discovered with bags containing personal goods, toiletries, and identification papers.