Latvia has begun installing barriers along its border with Russia

12:29, 29 march 2016

Latvia has recently begun building a fence to aid in preventing illegal migrants from entering via its largely unprotected border with Russia. The installation of new barriers was confirmed by the Representative for Latvia's State Border Guard Service, Evgenya Pozniak.

Construction of the fence began in early 2016. It is expected the fence's total length will be 92 kilometers.

Latvian authorities have repeatedly detained illegal migrants from Russia, a great number of whom are Vietnamese.

Pozniak says 3 kilometers of the fence have already been built along the border with Russia's Pskov region.

The minimum height of the fence will be 8.8 feet (2.7 meters) counting the fence's barbed wire structures, says State Border Guard Chief Normand Garbars.

Delfi