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Russian Fugitives Arrested after Hiding in Phuket for 2 Years

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Roman Ledenev, 33, and Alexander Bukharov, 42 , were apprehended at an undisclosed location – Photo Phuket News

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PHUKET – Thai Authorities in collaboration with Interpol have arrested Two Russian Nationals wanted in Russia for drug offenses after they had been in hiding in Krabi and Phuket provinces for nearly two years.

Pol Lt Gen Suchart Theerasawat, an assistant police chief in charge of transnational crime, told the Bangkok Post that Roman Ledenev, 33, and Alexander Bukharev, 42, were arrested in Phuket on Friday.

He said the two entered Thailand with tourist visas. They are wanted under warrants from Interpol and Russian police on drug charges.

The Phuket News reported that police did not elaborate further about the suspects or their alleged crimes, but only confirmed that the two suspects are undergoing immigration processing in collaboration with Interpol and the Russian Police.

Pol Lt Gen Theerasawat said the two Russians would undergo legal proceedings at the Immigration Police Bureau, pending repatriation.

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