The men were caught by border guards in the southern district of Vilkaviskis in April 2019. One of them waded along a drainage ditch into Russia's territory and returned to Lithuania a couple of minutes later, while the other man stood on guard, it said in a press release.

The men told the officers who detained them that they were hunting for beavers at the border.

Crossing the EU's external border illegally is a criminal offense, even if the purpose is to hunt or pick mushrooms, Vytautas Nacikunas, the prosecutor in charge of the pre-trial investigation, noted in the press release.

The men can appeal Marijampole District Court's ruling within 20 days.