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A Russian Man Who Arrived in the U.S. Without a Visa, Ticket and Passport Sentenced to 93 Days

Russian citizen Sergey Ochigava, who arrived in the U.S. from Denmark without a visa, plane ticket, and passport, has been sentenced to 93 days of arrest and ordered to pay $2,174 in compensation to the airline. This information is reported by the Los Angeles Times.

According to the newspaper, the U.S. district court arrested Sergey Ochigava for 93 days and obligated him to pay $2,174 as compensation to the airline. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors insisted on a longer arrest of six months, arguing that the accused “expresses neither regret nor remorse for his actions.”

The court granted the defense’s request to include the time of the defendant’s detention since November 4 in the period of imprisonment. However, court session protocols indicate that he will be handed over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further deportation. Ochigava’s lawyers also attempted to appeal the decision regarding the payment of funds to the airline, as one-third of the seats in the economy class, where their client was seated, were unoccupied.

On November 4, Russian economist Sergey Ochigava arrived in Los Angeles from Copenhagen and was unable to present a passport and visa at the airport. During questioning, the Russian stated that he did not remember how he boarded the plane. According to representatives of the airline, the man did not present a boarding pass, wandered around the plane, changed seats, and also “requested two portions during each meal service.”

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