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Court orders British adventurer out of Russia - TV

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MOSCOW, Apr 14 (Reuters) A Russian court today ruled that a British man attempting to walk around the world should be deported from Russia for breaking border rules, Russian television reported.

Former paratrooper Karl Bushby and Dimitri Kieffer, a US citizen who helped Bushby cross the Bering Strait, will be deported from Russia and will have to pay a fine of 2,000 roubles, the court in the remote Chukotka peninsula ruled.

The two men were detained on April 1 in the freezing wilds of Chukotka after walking across the Bering Strait -- a sea ice bridge between Russia and Alaska.

Bushby set off from the tip of South America in 1998 and hopes to return to Britain in 2009, after a journey of some 60,000 km).

The adventurer had planned to go south through Russia to Mongolia, Kazakhstan and thence to Europe and back to Britain.

Bushby has become major news on Russia, leading bulletins on television, where his exploits are held to be an example of British courage and eccentricity.

Russia's NTV television said people who are deported from the country are sometimes banned from returning to Russia for five years. It was unclear if this would apply to Bushby.

Reuters KD SP1305

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