A citizen of the Russian Federation asked for political asylum.

Japan refused to grant asylum to a Russian who sailed 20 km from the Kuril Islands.

A citizen of the Russian Federation asked for political asylum.
The Japanese authorities refused to grant asylum to a Russian citizen.

The Japanese authorities refused to grant asylum to a Russian citizen who sailed into the country from the island of Kunashir, which is part of the Kuril Islands. The man covered 20 km.

The Russian will be handed over to the Russian Consulate General in Sapporo next week. According to officials from the governments of Japan and Russia, the man hails from the city of Izhevsk, he is 38 years old. He moved to Kunashir Island three years ago.

Japan has officially informed Russian diplomats about the arrest of a man for illegal entry. The diplomatic mission of Russia said that now they are continuing to consider how he got to Japan.

As a rule, those detained for illegal entry into Japan are deported, the diplomatic missions added.