Two Russians flee to Alaska and seek asylum in the United States

Two Russians arrived by sea in Alaska on Tuesday October 4 and are claiming asylum in the United States, several officials from this Arctic region very close to Russia confirmed on Thursday October 6, a few weeks after the “partial mobilizationordered by Vladimir Putin to continue the war in Ukraine.

«Two Russian citizens arrived at a beach near Gambell“, a village on the American island of St. Lawrence, located in the Bering Sea, about 65 kilometers from the Russian coast, announced Alaskan senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan in a joint statement. These two people “have applied for asylum in the United States“, According to the press release. “A small boat manned by two Russian citizens has arrived on the shores of rural Alaskaon Tuesday, a spokesman for the Ministry of Homeland Security confirmed to AFP.

The asylum application examined

The case of these two Russians is examinedin accordance with applicable U.S. immigration laws“, he specified. This incident shows thatthe Russian people do not want to fight Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine“Said Senator Dan Sullivan, quoted in the press release.

The elected Republican encouraged the federal authorities “to have a plan ready with the Coast Guard, in case more Russians flee to Bering Strait communities in Alaska». «We are in contact with federal officials and residents of Gambell to determine who these individuals are.“, added Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski. For her, “this situation underscores the need for a stronger security posture in the US arctic“. Mi-septembre, Vladimir Poutine ordered a partial mobilization to reinforce its troops in Ukraine, which concerns about 300,000 reservists. This announcement led in the following days to a rush on the websites of airlines to try to leave Russia as soon as possible.

In Europe, the possible reception of Russian deserters has become a political subject in recent weeks between the various members of the Union. While discontent is mounting in Russia in the face of an often chaotic mobilization, the Russian president acknowledged at the end of September “errors to be corrected“, asking “bring home those who have been summoned without a proper reason».

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