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An American Navy veteran who has been detained in Russia for nearly a year was released from Russian custody on Thursday, his family’s spokesperson told CNN, after months of negotiations spearheaded by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.


Taylor Dudley, 35, of Lansing, Michigan, was detained by Russian border patrol police in April 2022 after crossing from Poland into Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave which is territory governed by Moscow between Poland and Lithuania. He was in Poland attending a music festival, and it is not clear why he crossed the border.




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Definitely good news, some more details would be nice. Much thanks to Bill Richardson and his team for securing his release.


What did the Russians get in return?

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So RU simply righted a wrong, or thought punished enough for illegal entry.


And why do we need to know he's a US Navy vet.  He's was a lost tourist ...

... dumbA$$, pay attention next time.


But good news, none the less, for him and loved ones.  Lesson learned I hope.  Might want to invest in a good GPS.


Should have gotten him back for Viktor, instead of the doper 🤣

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