HELSINKI (AP) — Travelers beware: Russian border guards are not in a Christmas mood.
They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia's alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian-Russian border.
The Baltic News Service says Igor Abramson of Russian state-owned broadcaster Channel One Russia apparently "seemed suspicious."
BNS said Abramson was "filming the entire surroundings, including Russian border officials" on Monday on the bridge linking Estonia's third-largest city of Narva to the Russian town of Ivangorod. Since 1997, the jovial characters have met there and handed out presents to nurseries and hospitals.