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Adventurer to resume epic journey
Karl Bushby
Karl Bushby has completed almost half of his round the world walk
Explorer Karl Bushby is to resume his attempt to walk 36,000 miles around the world after an 11-month legal battle with the authorities in Russia.

The ex-paratrooper from Hull abandoned his journey when he was arrested for illegally entering Russia last April.

The 37-year-old has finally secured the correct permit and is due to start again from the remote Chukotka region of Siberia on Thursday.

He has walked 17,000 miles since beginning his trip on 1 November 1998.

Mr Bushby was arrested in the remote region of Chukotka in north-east Russia on 1 April after walking across the frozen Bering Strait from Alaska.

Route changed

A court ruled he and his American travel companion, Dimitri Kieffer, had illegally crossed the Russian border.

They were each fined 2,000 rubles (40), sentenced to deportation and given a five-year ban from travelling in Russia.

That would have prevented Mr Bushby from completing his 36,000-mile trip from South America to Alaska, into Russia and across Europe back to England.

The adventurers appealed and Judge Irina Kodes of the Chukotka regional court overturned most of the ruling, apart from the fine.

Mr Bushby is currently in Fairbanks, Alaska, and will return to Uelen, where he was picked up by the authorities last year, to continue his record-breaking attempt.

However, the delays mean his route has been amended to avoid vast areas of swamp which would have been frozen over if he had been travelling during the winter as originally planned.

That has added 500 miles to this stage of his journey, which runs from Uelen to Yakutsk.

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