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A court in southern Lithuania has this week slapped fines of 7,500 euros on two men for illegally crossing the state border, the Prosecutor General's Office said on Friday.
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The men were caught by border guards in the southern district of Vilkaviskis in April 2019. One of them waded along a drainage ditch into Russia's territory and returned to Lithuania a couple of minutes later, while the other man stood on guard, it said in a press release.

The men told the officers who detained them that they were hunting for beavers at the border.

Crossing the EU's external border illegally is a criminal offense, even if the purpose is to hunt or pick mushrooms, Vytautas Nacikunas, the prosecutor in charge of the pre-trial investigation, noted in the press release.

The men can appeal Marijampole District Court's ruling within 20 days.

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