TWO Russians managed to avoid being drafted into Vladimir Putin’s war by sailing to America and ending up on Hell’s Island.
The couple fled Russia to avoid military service and sought asylum in the US after their small boat landed on the remote Alaskan island of Gambell in the Bering Sea.
Gambell is approximately 200 miles from Nome, the hub of western Alaska, and approximately 36 miles from the Chukotka Peninsula in Siberia.
Karina Borger, a spokeswoman for the Republican Senator from Alaska, said the office is in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol and that the Russian nationals reported fleeing one of the coastal communities on Russia’s east coast to avoid foreclosure to avoid military service.
Alaska’s senators, Republicans Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, said the two Russians landed on a beach near the town of Gambell, an isolated community of about 600 people on St. Lawrence Island.
The US Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the two Russians were taken to Anchorage for inspection, which includes a screening and vetting process, and then went through US immigration services.
The agency said the two Russians arrived by small boat on Tuesday.
Where they came from is unclear.
Sullivan said in a statement he has encouraged federal authorities to come up with a plan if more Russians flee to Alaska’s Bering Strait communities.
He said: “This incident makes two things clear: First, the Russian people do not want to wage Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
“Second, given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, our state plays a critical role in ensuring America’s national security.”
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he doesn’t expect a steady stream or a “flotilla of people traversing the same route, and warned that travel in the region could be dangerous as an autumn storm with strong winds is expected.
For the past month, Russian soldiers have been seen frantically trying to flee the country to avoid being sent to the front after Putin’s call-up.
People have been seen fleeing across the border on bicycles or rushing to get married in a desperate attempt to escape the conflict.
A young conscript said he would do anything to avoid being sent to Ukraine and become “cannon fodder”.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6388349/two-russians-escape-putins-war-sailing-america-siberia/ Two Russians escape Putin’s military service by sailing to AMERICA while traveling from Siberia to the hell island of Alaska