Japanese adventurer feared killed in Russian road accident

MOSCOW Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:41pm EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Japanese adventurer who was cycling across Russia is believed to have been killed on Wednesday in a road accident near the Arctic circle, Russian officials and media said.

Authorities believe a Japanese man who died after being hit by a car from behind on the Kola Peninsula some 300 km (185 miles) south of Murmansk was Haruhisa Watanabe, said Sergei Klyushev, a Russian Foreign Ministry official in Murmansk.

"He died at the scene after sustaining multiple injuries," Klyushev said by phone.

In 2004 at age 22 Watanabe said he had become the second youngest person to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.

Media reports said he had began his current trip in June in China and had crossed Central Asia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Turkey before taking a ferry to Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi and cycling north from there.

(Reporting by Tatyana Ustinova; Writing by Gennady Fyodorov; Editing by Steve Gutterman and Andrew Osborn)

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rishqo wrote:
At least he experienced more in 30 years of his life than most of folks in all of their much longer lives…

Dec 27, 2012 2:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DeanMJackson wrote:

The collapse of the USSR was a strategic ruse under the “Long-Range Policy” (LRP). In 1960 all Communist nations signed onto the LRP to defeat the West with.

What this means is if you travel to Russia, or any other “former” republic of the USSR, (1) don’t travel outside designated large cities; or (2) if you do travel into rural areas of the USSR, do so with plenty of company, where everyone is equipped with a satellite phone.

Dec 27, 2012 5:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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