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Tuesday, December 1, 1992 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Crewman Missing As Russian Ship Sails

Authorities here were searching for a Russian sailor who was reported missing when his ship, the Marshal Krylov, left Seattle yesterday..

The Marshal Krylov, a missile-tracking vessel with a crew of 450, was here as part of a good-will trip which saw the crew retrieve and bring to Seattle a satellite capsule that was launched in Russia and landed in the Pacific Ocean off the Washington coast. The ship arrived here Nov. 23.

The missing crewman was identified as Alexei Sviridov, 18, according to Cathy Keck, a spokeswoman for the Port of Seattle.

Sviridov has been missing from the Marshal Krylov, which was berthed at Pier 42, since Friday afternoon. He was returned to the ship by a Seattle family he had been visiting and later in the day was discovered missing, said Port of Seattle Sgt. Bob Jensen.

Sviridov was not on board yesterday when the Marshal Krylov sailed at noon, and his host family said they did not know where he was.

Jensen pointed out that Sviridov is not yet in trouble with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service because his visa was good for three weeks or more.

Police said they found nothing when they checked to see if he had been arrested.

"He's not in trouble with us or with Immigration," Jensen said.

But Seattle immigration attorney Dan Danilov said the missing sailor may be in serious trouble with the Russian government, which considers the Marshal Krylov a warship.

"Russian law considers him a deserter," Danilov said last night.

Besides area jails, Port of Seattle police have checked with detox centers, hospitals and law-enforcement agencies to see if Sviridov may have surrendered in order to defect or seek asylum, Jensen said. He said local families that were host to the Russians also were contacted.

Sviridov was last seen wearing his sailor's uniform. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and has black hair worn in a spike or ponytail, Jensen said. It is unknown whether he speaks English.

No one seems to know why Sviridov did not return to his ship, Jensen said, adding, "Maybe he's just out having a good time."

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