April 14, 2006

British adventurer ordered out of Russia – TV

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court ruled on Friday that a
British man attempting to walk around the world should be
deported from Russia for breaking border rules, Russian
television reported.

Former paratrooper Karl Bushby and Dimitri Kieffer, a U.S.
citizen who helped Bushby cross the Bering Strait, will be
deported from Russia and will have to pay a fine of 2,000
roubles, the court in the remote Chukotka peninsula ruled.

The two men were detained on April 1 in the freezing wilds
of Chukotka after walking across the Bering Strait -- a sea ice
bridge between Russia and Alaska.

Bushby set off from the tip of South America in 1998 and
hopes to return to Britain in 2009, after a journey of some
60,000 km (36,000 miles).

The adventurer had planned to go south through Russia to
Mongolia, Kazakhstan and thence to Europe and back to Britain.

Bushby has become major news on Russia, leading bulletins
on television, where his exploits are held to be an example of
British courage and eccentricity.

Russia's NTV television said people who are deported from
the country are sometimes banned from returning to Russia for
five years. It was unclear if this would apply to Bushby.