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Russians fled by boat to Alaska because of the mobilization

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Two men who fled the partial mobilization announced in Russia have sought asylum in the United States after arriving in Alaska on a small vessel, Reuters reported, citing authorities in the northernmost American state.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkauski’s office said authorities found the two Russians near a town about 40 kilometers from the Russian coast. They have requested asylum in the US to avoid being mobilized.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the Russians had been questioned. According to him, this is probably a single case and there are no indications of an upcoming flow of people fleeing the mobilization in Russia.

The Russian embassy in Washington is aware of the case and plans to have a phone conversation with the two citizens soon, a spokeswoman at the mission was quoted as saying by Tass news agency, cited by alarabiya.net.

Tens of thousands of Russians have left the country since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization last month. In addition, there were protests against the measure in many places in Russia.

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