Russians Show Up In Alaska For Asylum

Alaskan authorities got a surprise this week as two Russians seeking asylum in the U.S. landed a small boat on a western Alaska island.

They did that after sailing from Russia earlier this week.

Villagers gave the heads-up to the Coast Guard after the men came ashore.

The island is only 36 miles from Russia's Chukchi Peninsula but a local town clerk told reporters the men had traveled about 300 miles after setting sail from a city in northeastern Russia.

The guys are now in Department of Homeland Security custody while their asylum claim is being processed.

As many as 700-thousand men are reported to have left Russia to avoid being pulled into the military to fight in Ukraine and the two in Alaska are apparently the first to leave by sea.

Source: CNN

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