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Reality TV crew detained by Russians after crossing Bering Strait

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 9, 2012

A reality TV producer recently filming on location in the Bering Strait off Alaska's northwest coast has been arrested in Russia, along with five others, after jet-skiing from Nome to the Chukotka shoreline.

"Dangerous Waters" producer Steven Moll and the others are being held by Russian authorities for allegedly not having appropriate travel documents, according to the Sacramento Bee. The latest communication from Moll to his wife in Fremont, Calif., indicated he and the other U.S. citizens may have illegally entered a Russian military facility.

The crew was on the first leg of a more than 6,000-mile trip from Nome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, via Russia. Moll's wife, Annette, told the Bee that the crew arrived in Russia Friday, where "a tank and armed guards greeted them."

Moll and the others may have appeared before a Russian judge Sunday.

The Moscow Times reports the men are being held in the Chukotka town of Lavrentiya and are able to communicate via text message, video and phone. Moll reportedly tweeted Sunday that the crew was being charged with entering a military facility. The last tweet from the "Dangerous Waters" Twitter feed is dated July 7.

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