Introduction

My name is John Martin, and I am being detained in Russia for entering the country without documentation.

The U.S. government revoked my passport in 2007, forcing me to leave my wife and son behind in China.  Being unable to obtain travel documents, and reaching a certain point of desperation, I attempted to sail to China from Alaska in a small rowboat.  After two weeks at sea, I stopped along the Russian coast to collect water, and was taken in custody on August 1, 2018.  I have been here ever since.

I am writing a detailed account of the events leading up to crossing the Bering Sea.  The book will be called “No Ocean Too Wide”, and I will add chapters to this website as I am able.

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Most sincerely,
John William Martin III