CHUKOTKA SAID TO GRAVITATE TOWARD ALASKA.
Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 115
According to the Zhirinovsky party’s Maj. General (ret.) Viktor Filatov, campaigning for a Duma seat in the Chukotka peninsula situated just across the Bering Strait from Alaska, "local leaders and businessmen are getting used to the thought that it one can survive not with Moscow, but with geographically closer Anchorage." Chukotka’s residents "already depend on food supplies from the US" The only domestic product available is bread, and "even that is made with American flour." Filatov expressed concern over emigration of Chukotka’s Russian inhabitants back to Russia proper which, in his view, leaves the peninsula open to American penetration. (9)
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