American, sailed from Alaska to Chukotka, not looking for political asylum, but just… lost

Американец, приплывший с Аляски на Чукотку, не искал политубежища, а просто… заблудился

American, sailed from Alaska to Chukotka, not looking for political asylum, but just… lost

Author: Katerina Moskalets

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Alaska Russia USA

Russian border guards are still holding the American, who 1 Aug under strange circumstances have appeared in the far Eastern coast of Russia.

The weakened man was found on the Gulf coast of the Bering sea, near the village of Lawrence (Chukotka). He received medical treatment at a local hospital.

Soon, the Russian foreign Ministry has established the identity of the American: it was John Martin of anchorage, in Alaska.
The U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok, a major city on the Pacific coast of Russia, said that he took the Martin case in their own hands.

As a resident of Alaska was in the Chukotka region, said the press Secretary of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. According to the official, about 2 weeks ago the American boating for a single boat on the Yukon river, out to sea. Off the coast of Russia he was due to adverse weather conditions and the lack of navigational equipment.

However, the “Interfax” announced another version. Citing a source close to the investigation, the Agency reported that the man was fishing on the coast of Alaska and decided to go to China. In the extreme North-East Russia — thousands of miles from the Chinese coast — he was taking the wrong course.

Now, “Outlander” is located in Anadyr , the administrative center of Chukotka.

The extreme point of the island of Alaska is only 89 km from Chukotka. Due to the small distances from Russia to the United States, this place was of strategic importance during the cold war.

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