[Ed. – It’s not the first time, apparently.]
They [the Cubans] were caught trying to paddle across into the EU state of Estonia, Russian border guards say.
They are said to have told guards they were hoping to get to Spain, where one of them has a daughter living.
Cubans only need their passports to visit Russia for tourism but cannot enter the EU legally without a visa.
Tens of thousands of people have tried over the past 60 years to flee Communist Cuba but more usually leave the Caribbean island for the US, travelling by boat and ship, often at great personal risk.