December 9, 2023

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two Russians who stated they fled the nation to keep away from obligatory army service have requested asylum within the U.S. after touchdown on a distant Alaskan island within the Bering Sea, Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s workplace stated Thursday.

Karina Borger, a spokesperson for Murkowski, stated by e-mail that the workplace has been in communication with the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Safety and that, “The Russian nationals reported that they fled one of many coastal communities on the east coast of Russia to keep away from obligatory army service.”

Spokespersons with the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Safety every referred a reporter’s inquiries to the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety, which didn’t instantly reply Thursday.

Alaska’s senators, Republicans Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, on Thursday stated the people landed at a seashore close to Gambell, an remoted neighborhood of about 600 individuals on St. Lawrence Island. The assertion doesn’t specify when the incident occurred, although Sullivan stated he was alerted to the matter by a “senior neighborhood chief from the Bering Strait area” on Tuesday morning.

A Sullivan spokesperson, Ben Dietderich, stated it was the workplace’s understanding that the people had arrived by boat.

Gambell is about 200 miles southwest of the western Alaska hub neighborhood of Nome and about 36 miles from the Chukotka Peninsula, Siberia.

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