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Finnish Border Closed to Russians With Tourist Visas

Finnish border guards look at cars queueing at the Vaalimaa border crossing between Finland and Russia on Sept. 30.

Finnish border guards look at cars queueing at the Vaalimaa border crossing between Finland and Russia on Sept. 30.

Photographer: Alessandro Rampazzo/AFP/Getty Images

Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) -- Finland's border with Russia was closed to Russians with tourist visas Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.

Long queues were reported until midnight at the border crossings. Among the last to enter Finland were two cyclists who arrived a little before 11 p.m., Finnish broadcaster YLE reported from Vaalimaa, one of the main border crossings between the Nordic country and Russia. Finland has the longest border with Russia of all European Union member countries.