Foreigners who came to Russia on the basis of the fan’s passports, reached Finland and began to apply for asylum. Previously, European countries were warned about a possible channel for migration to the European Union through Russia.
In particular, according to the Finnish TV and radio company Ule, last Friday at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport a third-country citizen announced his intention to apply for asylum in Finland. He said that he had purchased tickets for the World Cup matches and had issued a fan’s passport only to apply for asylum in Finland. In addition, on the same day, a Nigerian citizen was detained at a border crossing point in Vainikkala, on the Russian-Finnish border, for trying to enter country on a fake Brazilian passport. Two days later, three Moroccans tried to cross the border with Finland through the forest in the Vaalimaa area (near the Russian-Finnish border). All four immediately after the detention announced their desire to seek asylum in the country, the broadcaster said.
The Russian side also reports on attempts to cross the border with Finland. According to the report of the Office of the Federal Bailiff Service for the Republic of Karelia, on June 8, four Moroccans who allegedly arrived at the World Cup, were arrested in the border area of the settlement of Ketrovaar in the Lahdenpohja district when they attempted to cross the border with Finland. With regard to them, the court has already decided to deport to their homeland, and also issued a fine of 2,000 rubles each.
The fan’s passport (Fan ID) must be registered by the holders of tickets for the World Cup matches in order to get to the stadium. In addition, Fan ID allows you to enter Russia without a visa, use trains and public transport for free.