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Police Arrests Russian Living in Thailand for 10 Years on Expired Visa

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Police Arrests Russian

After 10 years on the run, Thailand’s Immigration police caught a Russian drug lord in Bang Lamung, Chon Buri. On Wednesday, immigration authorities apprehended Mikhail Tolokonnikov, 33, at a residence in tambon Nong Preu of Bang Lamung, Chon Buri province.

On Friday, Immigration Pol Maj Gen Phanthana Nuchanart said Interpol had issued a red notice for Mr. Tolokonnikov’s arrest for drug charges in Russia. He faced a 10-year visa overstay charge.

Police officers in Chon Buri, Thailand arrested a Russian man in October after a police volunteer reported suspicious activity in the eastern province. Thus, immigration agents investigated.

An in-depth inquiry revealed that the man’s visa had expired and he routinely moved between Phuket and Chon Buri. The investigators found him at Bang Lamung, Chon Buri.

Pattaya police station in Chon Buri took custody of the suspect for judicial proceedings. Immigration Pol Maj Gen Phanthana stated it will extradite him to Russia for narcotics charges.

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Russian’s Making Thailand Home

Thailand’s gorgeous beaches and lively culture draw tourists from around the world. Russians have a special relationship to Thailand beyond being tourists.

The rising number of Russians in Thailand has created an intriguing cultural mix.

Thailand has seen a rise in Russian immigrants in recent years. Over 400,000 Russians visited Phuket between January and July this year, doubling prior years.

Seeking sanctuary from home issues and Thailand’s lifestyle and possibilities have driven this migrant trend.

Many Russians have settled in the kingdom, starting businesses and buying property.

Thailand’s warm climate, beautiful scenery, and inviting atmosphere attract Russians seeking a new start.

The appeal of Thailand to many Russians goes beyond its beauty. It’s about living the Thai lifestyle, from eating local food to celebrating traditional festivals.

Russian expats boost Thai culture and build cross-cultural relations.

Authorities said almost 400,000 Russians visited the Thai resort island between January and July, quadruple the number before Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Around 5,000 to 10,000 rich Russians have long-term visas and live in Phuket. According to Thai Real Estate, Russian buyers bought over 40% of foreign condos on the island last year.

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