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Phuket court fines Russian tourist B1k for feeding fish, woman faces immigration next

PHUKET: Olga Smirnova, the 53-year-old Russian woman who spent two nights in police lockup after she was caught feeding bread to fish Racha Yai Island, was today (Mar 6) fined B1,000 by the Phuket Provincial Court for her transgression.

Russian, marine, environment, crime, police, tourism,

Yutthawat Lekmak

Monday 6 March 2017, 06:32PM

Chalong Police have yet to present the Russian tourist Olga smirnova to Phuket Immrigation. Photo: The Phuket News/ file
Chalong Police have yet to present the Russian tourist Olga smirnova to Phuket Immrigation. Photo: The Phuket News/ file

The paltry fine comes after Ms Smirnova was held two days in detention at Chalong Police Station as she could not raise the B100,000 set by police to be released on bail, even though police held her passport as precaution against “flight risk”.

Ms Smirnova was finally released on Feb 21 after a “friend” posted the B100,000, but paid to Phuket Provincial Court. (See story here.)

“She was presented in court this morning and fined B1,000,” Chalong Police Chief Col Krittapas Det-intarasorn confirmed to The Phuket News today.

“We will send her to Immigration next because now the court and the police have done our duty already. Immigration will take care of this case from now on,” he added.

However, Col Krittapas could not confirm when Ms Smirnova will be present to Phuket Immigration for further processing, or whether or not the bail had been returned to the friend.

An officer at the main Phuket Immigration office in Phuket Town, who declined to be named, said he was unaware of Ms Smirnova’s predicament.


“I have to wait for Chalong Police to contact me. It is standard procedure for any foreigners found guilty of any crime to be brought to Phuket Immigration,” the officer told The Phuket News this afternoon.

“Immigration officers consider the factors in each case. If it is not serious a issue, Immigration will release the foreigner. For feeding fish, I have no idea,” he said.

Vladimir Sosnov, head of consular section of the Russian Embassy in Thailand, noted that the “punishment was minimal”.

“We consider the court’s decision on this case satisfactory. Right now we are working on sending the tourist home, as she missed her flight because of the trial,” he said.


Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot and Anton Makhrov.



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Falang22 | 10 March 2017 - 22:08:56

ok, who gave her a ride to the place, and did she bring her own fish food? I doubt, this is a case just like tourists throwing a cigarette butt on Bangkok streets, the police will first tell you that you can pay 10.000 THB right away or do it the hard way, which can mean prison for a few days. Amazing corrupt Thailand. Not to forget the tourist that were blaimed for buying drugs recently

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Rorii | 10 March 2017 - 16:34:35

Swerv, more swervness, I think, something you should try, what Kurt is saying is that more fish die from polluted waters than by someone feeding bread to the fish, without actually touching said fish.

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swerv | 10 March 2017 - 06:53:51

Kurt: Were you drunk when you wrote this?
"That kills more fishes than a non hand touch contact bread fish feeding". The mind boggles.

Also: "And the helmless rider?  Yes, indeed, a fine and the next minute he drive past, helmless." Is that supposed to be helmetless or are you talking about a ladies skirt not having a helm? Or maybe a boat. Either way i don't see the relevance to this article, off topic again!!!

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Kurt | 09 March 2017 - 17:14:37

I did answer sufficiently the question or I was thinking someone cares about this case outside Phuket. My earlier answer should have taken away any doubt.

I just leave it with just that earlier given answer.
I am sure other readers not like to become bored with dragging on this subject. 

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Eagle | 09 March 2017 - 14:22:36

Kurt,seems you are well connected with all the foreign delegations or why else would you know that all of them took note and reported it.So as you know so much,will all this countries give a travel warning for Thailand now?Or do we have to fear even worse reactions?

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Kurt | 09 March 2017 - 13:37:38

To prevent loss of species and corals around Phuket island would be very much less if not so much unpurified dirt and waste water was released.
That kills more fishes than a non hand touch contact bread fish feeding.

And the helmless rider?  Yes, indeed, a fine and the next minute he drive past, helmless.
Quite a few motor bike riders died this week helmless. No hand bacteria involved.
Just no traffic law enforcement. Pay fine, and drive on.

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Kurt | 09 March 2017 - 11:44:42

The story was in Russian TASS, in Daily Mail, on other foreign TV stations. 'Even' in Bangkok press.
It got attention outside Phuket, in Thailand and worldwide.
And yes, there were people outside Phuket who cared about this case, of course.
Not only the Russian embassy, but all foreign delegations took note and reported it.

Now the world still follows the mr Keating jet ski accident affair on Phuket island.
All the 'tourist cases' got priority over the Karon Mayor Thawee case who surrendered 3 years ago after being charged for different things.
Is he still functioning as Mayor in Karon, were mr Keating was more than 7 hours interrogated at local Karon village  police station about a big wave jet ski accident?

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Eagle | 09 March 2017 - 00:36:06

Shocked by the worldwide commotion-Kurt,do you really believe the nonsense you telling here.Do you really think someone cares about this case outside Phuket.I doubt that a newspaper outside thailand will ever mention this.Only you and some other teletubbies here are making a commotion out of it.And i am sure the official you talked to was in fact your official barber.

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Eagle | 08 March 2017 - 14:58:10

Kurt,was it ever confirmed that a tour guide sold her the bread?

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Jor12 | 08 March 2017 - 14:41:45

Kurt...again you demonstrate your complete ignorance. Fish species are highly varied and have evolved and adapted over millions of years to some managing to live on the land but changed their minds and have gone back. You have sucker fish that eat algae, that be the fish that love the algae on your feet, some prefer to take the whole leg or your whole body. These fish have built in "disinfectants" or stronger antibodies to fight infections. 

So the answer your question ... is that the authorities want to protect the environment and the delicate species living there and if you or anyone else doesn't like it, then it's too bad. You cant equate the attempts to prevent the loss of a species or corals to a helmetless rider, because one will be gone, while another will drive past in the next minute.  

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