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B40k bail for Russian woman found in possession of dead coral in Phuket

PHUKET: The 20-year-old Russian woman who was found to be in illegal possession of dead corals at her bungalow in Karon last week is out on bail while awaiting her court sentence, Nares Choopueng from the Department Marine Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket office confirmed today (Feb 7).

By Shela Riva

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 01:29PM

Some of the dead coral and shells found at the bungalow of Liliya Karmanova and Polina Likman. Photo: DMCR Phuket office

Some of the dead coral and shells found at the bungalow of Liliya Karmanova and Polina Likman. Photo: DMCR Phuket office

Mr Nares also confirmed that not only Liliya Karmanova, 20, from Novosibirsk in Siberia was charged for the illegal possession of coral, but also her friend who was sharing their Karon bungalow, Polina Likman*.

“Both women were charged for the illegal possession of coral and are on bail of probably the standard amount for this charge, B40,000,” said Mr Nares.

The two women are still waiting to be put on trial, according to Capt Channarong Prakongkue of the Karon Police.

“The case is still in the hands of the court. To my knowledge they have yet to be sentenced,” he told The Phuket News.

“Ms Liliya told police that she had bought the corals from another country,” he said.

“I won’t give any more information right now. If you want more information please come into Karon Police Station and contact the station Chief.”


Karmanova was reported to the Department Marine Coastal Resources (DMCR) by a neighbour last Wednesday (Jan 31) after they spotted her bleaching pieces of coral using pink Vixol (toilet bleach).

“The DMCR Phuket office received a tip-off from a neighbour at about midday on Wednesday, reporting that a Russian woman was using pink Vixol (toilet bleach) to bleach pieces of coral at a bungalow in Karon,” explained Mr Nares on Feb 2.

DMCR officers arrived at the bungalow to find that Karmanova was not at home.

However, they did find pieces of corals still soaking in bleach, Mr Nares added.

“We took the corals to the Karon Police as it is illegal to be in possession of any corals, and Capt Channarong filed a request for the Phuket Provincial Court to issue a warrant for her arrest.” (See story here.)

* Correction: Not "Lihtmen", as originally reported.



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BenPendejo | 09 February 2018 - 15:33:57

Oh the insanity. So these "shell collectors" are getting blasted for picking up dead coral at the beach...while it continues to be perfectly OK for construction sites and existing hotels to pump tons of silt and wastewater into Kalim Bay, covering the struggling reef with silt and effectively killing any new coral growth. It was a vibrant reef 10 years ago...and now it is a dead mess.  S...

Kurt | 08 February 2018 - 09:56:48

The Phuket Opinion article of 12 March 2017,.." Getting fat feeding the fishes".., becomes more and more actual.

Christy Sweet | 08 February 2018 - 09:50:33

The legal system facilitates extortion as this case illustrates. Is not the law meant for wholesalers who cause much degradation? 

These unfortunate women made a terrible mistake, likely, and had no idea how environmentally detrimental it is to pick up coral souvenirs and could have been chastened with a warning and a reasonable fine. 
I hope they have lawyers who will work for, not against th...

Informer | 07 February 2018 - 23:48:37

Very odd justice system indeed. 

B40k bail which she\'ll never get back but the government in charge of Surin Beach won\'t build one toilet forcing people to defecate on the beach, the the water and its surrounds.

DeKaaskopp | 07 February 2018 - 19:25:11

A fine of 500B for killing a person when driving drunk! When did this happen?

Discover Thainess | 07 February 2018 - 15:21:11

It does seems strange to have B40k bail for this when you get B500 and a wai for killing people when driving drunk. Seems an odd justice system.

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