From mobilization on a boat: two residents of Chukotka crossed the Bering Sea
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After the announcement of the mobilization by the Russian authorities, two residents of Chukotka went on a fishing boat to Alaska to seek asylum in the United States. Having reached the shores of Alaska, 52-year-old Sergey Nechaev and 45-year-old Maxim Teyunaut were detained by the authorities and released on bail the other day.
“Maxim – an experienced fisherman, and thanks to his skills, we survived”, – Nechaev said in an interview.
In custody, Alaska Senator Lisa Merkauski met with the fugitives.
fishing boat. That says a lot, & ndash; she told reporters.
According to the senator, the refugees explained to her that they belonged to the indigenous peoples of Siberia.
national minorities, i.e. indigenous peoples”, – Merkauski said.
Three months later, the Russians were released on bail. While awaiting a decision on their asylum, Sergei and Maxim remained in Tacoma, a port city near Seattle. The Economist writes that until the refugees get a job, they are helped and sheltered by the local Slavic Christian Center.
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