Man Attempts to Smuggle Russian Bride Across Polish Border in a Suitcase
PHOTO: "OK, honey. Get in." (Courtesy of Thinkstock)
Unless you're an extremely talented contortionist who doesn't suffer from claustrophobia, you'd be hard-pressed to pull off what one European couple nearly did this week.
According to AFP, an elderly Frenchman, said to be in his 60s, attempted to smuggle his new Russian wife into Poland inside of a suitcase. The couple was traveling from Moscow to Nice by train when the large piece of luggage caught the attention of guards at a railway station in Terespol.
"To their surprise, a woman in her 30s emerged. It was the Russian wife of the owner of the suitcase," said border guard spokesman Dariusz Sienicki.
"She was alive and well and didn't require medical attention."
What makes the absurd plan even more head-scratching is the fact that it was totally unnecessary. Because even travelers without European Union citizenship are allowed to enter the Schengen zone.
"The Schengen Visa is the representative of the collective of 26 European countries that have mutually decided to eliminate passport and immigration controls at their joint borders," states the website's description. "Within the Schengen area, concurrently, the citizens of these 26 European countries are free to travel in and out of this zone as one single country sharing equal international travel rights. The citizens of the Schengen zone countries cherish the right to migrate internationally without any limitations, the basis of free movement, one of the basic human rights."
Poland is one of the more than two dozen countries in the Schengen zone.
So rather than perform a circus act, all the couple would have had to do is prove that they were married to cross the border and continue their journey without issue.
"Had she been sitting next to her husband, she would have made it through without incident," said Sienicki.
Instead, by hiding and attempting to evade border guards, the couple risked a potential three-year jail sentence.
Now that's love.
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