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Russian Border Guards Laugh as Syrian Wobbles His Bike Toward Asylum

Russian limit guards pennyless out shouting when Syrian interloper Wassem Khatib wobbled on a child’s bicycle towards a remote Arctic limit post — struggling with a guitar, a rucksack and a complicated suitcase — to seek haven in neighboring Norway.

In a singular jaunty impulse in Europe’s misfortune emigration predicament given World War II, Khatib pronounced he had bought the old, precarious bicycle to comply with a Russian law exclusive transport on foot in the limit zone.

“The bicycle didn’t work really well. The border guards were laughing,” pronounced Khatib, 25, who arrived in Norway final week with his friend, Nabeeh Samaan, 31. They pronounced they had trafficked from Beirut around Russia to avoid troops use in Syria.

After holding a taxi tighten to the border, Khatib pronounced he had slung his guitar and rucksack on his behind and pedaled the last 100 meters to the frontier, pulling his large black container on small wheels. He pronounced he roughly fell off.

“My bicycle was bigger and easier to ride,” Samaan said, at a interloper core in Oslo.

Police contend at least 400 Syrians have reached Norway this year around a long, devious track opposite the Arctic frontier, before a Cold War outpost between NATO and the Soviet Union.

“Numbers are rising steadily,” Hans Moellebakken, military arch in the Norwegian city of Kirkenes nearby the border, pronounced on Friday. In all of 2014, usually a dozen refugees crossed the border.

For some, the route seems reduction unsure and cheaper than a trip opposite the Mediterranean. Refugees have to leave their bicycles at the Norwegian border — Moellebakken estimated there are now about 150 — and are flown to Oslo.

Khatib and Samaan reckoned their outing cost $1,600 each. After removing a visa to visit Russia, they flew from Beirut to Moscow on Sept. 16 and flew the next day to the Russian Arctic pier of Murmansk, where they got the taxi.

Russian taxis do not cranky the border, partly since Norwegian military have fined drivers carrying refugees 6,000 crowns ($700), accusing them of human trafficking.

The shared cab cost $500 any for the 220 km (135 miles) from Murmansk — a package understanding from the driver, with dual used bicycles enclosed in the behind of the car.

Asked if he found the price high, Khatib shrugged: “It’s high deteriorate for Syrian refugees.”

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/535361.html