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Russian man from Kunashiri reportedly refused political asylum

VLADIVOSTOK (Kyodo) – On Aug. 29, the digital version of Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that it looks like V. Nokarde will be refused asylum to Japan and handed over to Russia as soon as early September.


Nokarde is the Russian man who was taken into police custody in Hokkaido on Aug. 19 and says he “swam over from Kunashiri Island seeking asylum.”


Saying the information was from well-informed sources, the tabloid reported that the Sapporo Regional Immigration Services Bureau decided on Aug. 27 to reject the man’s petition for political asylum. According to the Russian tabloid, it looks like the man will be handed over to the Russian Consulate General in Sapporo and then sent as early as Sept. 2 to Sakhalin Oblast, which has effective control of the Northern Territories.


According to Russian News Agency TASS, the Consulate General said it was officially informed on Aug. 27 that a Russian man had been detained by Japan, and it pointed out that anyone detained for illegally entering Japan is deported in accordance with [legal] provisions.

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