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Posted on 04/04/2006 10:59:21 AM PDT by SmithL
MOSCOW, Russia -- Russian authorities have detained an American and a British citizen in the far east after the pair made a rare crossing by foot of a frozen 56-mile stretch of the Bering Strait, officials said Tuesday.
The two were arrested in Chukotka province for failing to register with the authorities, Andrei Orlov, spokesman for the Federal Security Service's (FSB) northeastern border guard division, said on NTV television. All visitors are required to register with police within three days of their arrival in Russia, even if they have visas.
Russian authorities did not identify the two or say when they were arrested.
But one of the adventurers, Briton Karl Bushby, said on his Web site that he and Dimitry Kieffer of Anchorage, Alaska, reached Chukotka province Friday. It took them 15 days to walk the 56 miles from Alaska to Russian territory.
The Web site said Bushby, a 36-year-old former paratrooper, made the crossing as part of a round-the-world walk that began in 1998 at the southern tip of South America.
Bushby's father, Keith, of Hereford, England, confirmed the two had arrived in Russia on Friday and had been detained sometime after that, though he did not know exactly when.
In a posting dated Friday, March 31, Karl Bushby's Web site said he and Kieffer were in the village of Uelen, near the point where the Bering Sea meets the Chukchi Sea, about 560 miles northwest of the provincial capital Anadyr.
Keith Bushby said the travelers were headed south down the coast en route to the city of Provideniya, about 380 miles northeast of Anadyr, to officially register with Russian authorities. But they were stopped on their way there in the small village of Lavrenty, about 500 miles northwest of Anadyr....
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Can we get some of these border guards to patrol our Mexican border?
As punishment they'll be required to walk back to Alaska... in July.
They just want to do the walking that Russian citizens won't........I bet people in Siberia are getting their mukluks ready.........
Happens a lot. Visa is required.
I was just thinking, maybe we could contract out our southern border enforcement to the Russians, and get better results. Not that I blame the ICE officers. I blame the politicians for lack of will.
This is impossible because the Polar Ice Caps have thawed, according to the environmentalists.
So either these guys are the Second Coming or the environmentalists are lying.
Nearly anything handled by the private sector gets better results than having it done by the govt. I, too, blame the politicians, not the guards.
"So either these guys are the Second Coming or the environmentalists are lying."
Naw, just like the first one, they knew where the rocks were.
Karl Bushby's most recent helmet cam view:
The big question is, what did their spear tips look like?
Good one! But it looks like the Russians are doing another job Americans don't want to do.
Because Siberia just doesn't take American Express!
Lehinikov, Nephinikov et.al. And imagine all the interesting names in Utah...Let your imagination wander!
so much for the land bridge
Well, this is what it looks while they are crossing the Bering Sea. Sorry the photo is so large, but the detail is interesting. Can you find the Artic Global Warming in this picture?
Letting my imagination wander, always gets me into trouble!
Ha!Ha! That's great!
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