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NEWS Capital City Weekly The international border between Little Diomede Island and Big Diomede Island is a strange place. It doesn't just mark the line between the United States and Russia; it also defines the international date line, dividing today from tomorrow.

Melting the Ice Curtain

Accompanied by an Alaska Air National Guardsman, Soviet defectors Anatoly Kachenko and Alexander Kendr depart the Air Force control tower to board a C-130 Hercules aircraft bound for Anchorage.  Forged documents enabled the two men to join other journalist covering ceremonies for the arrival of the joint Soviet-American Bering Bridge Expedition in Little Diomede.  By attending the event, they were able to seek out an Alaska National Guardsman and request asylum in the United States.
Courtesy Of Master Sergeant Ed Boyce
Accompanied by an Alaska Air National Guardsman, Soviet defectors Anatoly Kachenko and Alexander Kendr depart the Air Force control tower to board a C-130 Hercules aircraft bound for Anchorage. Forged documents enabled the two men to join other journalist covering ceremonies for the arrival of the joint Soviet-American Bering Bridge Expedition in Little Diomede. By attending the event, they were able to seek out an Alaska National Guardsman and request asylum in the United States.
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