2 Russians seek asylum after reaching remote Alaskan island

    An aerial view of the City of Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island.

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) — Two Russians who said they fled the country to avoid compulsory military service have requested asylum in the U.S. after landing on a remote Alaskan island in the Bering Sea, according to information from Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office.

    Karina Borger, a Murkowski spokesperson, says the office has been in communication with the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection and that “the Russian nationals reported that they fled one of the coastal communities on the east coast of Russia to avoid compulsory military service.”

    The agencies referred questions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which did not immediately respond.

    Alaska's senators say the individuals landed at a beach near Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island.

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