On the banks of the Jakobselva River, which forms the border between Norway and Russia, a sign was added on the Norwegian side warning tourists not to urinate towards Russia. And Agence France-Presse reported Thursday that violating this ban could result in a heavy fine.
On the bank of this border river – called Vorjema in Russian – there is a sign with the inscription in English “Don’t pee towards Russia(Not to urinate in the direction of Russia.) It is located next to another sign informing that the area is being monitored by the Norwegian Border Guard camera system.
“People put up this sign (next to the river) apparently with good intentions to warn passersby against aggressive behaviour“Norwegian border guard chief Jens Arne Holland told AFP.
“Peeing in nature isn’t necessarily outrageous, but it depends on your point of view. In this case, you are subject to a law prohibiting aggressive behavior at the border,” said Höilund, according to which Norwegian laws prohibit borders.Aggressive behavior directed against a neighboring country or its government“.
If this law is violated, the offender may be fined up to 3,000 kroner (€290).
The area where the sign is placed is popular with tourists, as it has a good view of the Russian beach of Jacobselva, just a few meters away.
According to Hoylund, Russia has never complained of any incidents related to urination at the border. However, a few years ago, the Norwegian Border Service arrested four people who threw stones at the Russian side. Last year, they imposed a fine of 8,000 Norwegian kroner (€770) for a woman who placed her left hand on the other side of the state border.
Norway shares a 197.7 km border with Russia on Earth. This is the northern border of NATO.
Oslo and Moscow have traditionally maintained good relations, although tensions between the two countries have risen slightly since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, according to a French news agency.
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