Two Russians evading conscription apply for refugee status in the US, go to Alaska by boat | Reuters

Two Russians traveled to Alaska by boat to avoid being drafted and applied for asylum, the US authorities said on the 6th. A photo of the Russian flag. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Russians traveled to Alaska by boat to avoid the draft and applied for asylum, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The two are seeking refugee status to avoid the draft, according to the office of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Senator Dan Sullivan of the state said the two did not want to be mobilized in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Tens of thousands of Russian men fled the country last month after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a partial mobilization order.

Alaska Governor Dunleavy said there were no signs of another wave of refugees and that this would be the one time.