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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.

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By 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.

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“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

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.

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 re...

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. 

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 ...

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 ...

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 "disinfect...

Pauly44 | 08 March 2017 - 14:38:27

Jor 12, I'm positive no one would complain about authorities enforcing environmental protection laws but they must do it with rationale & common sense, something you & they are lacking going by your biased comments, not go after an individual for such an arbitrary act when there are so much more serious offenses being committed by "locals" on a daily basis, it just comes acro...

Rorii | 08 March 2017 - 14:13:51

Swerv, more Swrvness, there is no mention of any copies of posters, vest you go reread the above "content".

Jor12, I did che k previous articles, perhaps I missed one, please provide the link.

I also comment, if there are signs, where they anywhere near where the tourist where, but hey, why nothing done about the Thai guide, who allowed the feeding, and just who gave the tourist th...

Kurt | 08 March 2017 - 11:37:13

Was told by a official that they are shocked by the world wide commotion about how Phuket officials handled the Russian woman fish bread feeding case.
Bread sold to her by a thai tourguide ( tour guide circumpolar behind the horizon, never hear about him anymore)
Lock up in police cel 2 nights like a criminal.
A bail of 100,000 thb!!
And at the end the case did shrink as a leaking balloon to j...

Kurt | 08 March 2017 - 11:27:46

I was wondering, all these fish tanks in Patong were tourists put their feet in ( full of bacteria) and let the fish eat the dead skin, is that thai law wise allowed ?

Feeding fish bread ( ok, now we know, not allowed) most of the time happens without contact human hand -fish, in sea water. So no bacteria 'exchange'.

swerv | 08 March 2017 - 08:12:46

Rorri: This is from the content above:

The woman was shown a copy of posters placed across the island warning of the rules.

Jor12 | 07 March 2017 - 23:52:46

Rorri...check out previous photographs that have appeared in previous articles, or go for walk and check them out. If you can't find them, get someone who is sober to assist you.

kangaloowest ... what has tour guide got to with anything in the story. They don't enforce the laws. As the saying goes, you can a lead horse to water but you cant make them drink.

When the government takes ...

jogi | 07 March 2017 - 22:13:19

she missd her flight? great for immigration there will be a overstay. normally a touristvisa only last to departure-day. no visa for russian first 30 day's? heard this time ago. don't worry this guy's at immigration get very innovativ when it come's to milking tourist's. Col Krittipas did not WAN'T to comment about return of bailmoney, it is not he don't know.   ...

Rorii | 07 March 2017 - 17:43:52

swerv, it would be nice to see a photo of said signs, and if they do exist, where is their location, in respect to where the tourists were, anyway, in this case it would have served Thailand's reputation a lot better if the lady was simply given a stern warning. Thainess seems to be a negative attitude,mmm maybe we also see something else Swervness.

Kurt | 07 March 2017 - 13:55:15

Forbidden to feed bread to the fish.
But OK to feed coins to the turtle, against bad luck.  Yes, yes.
People must have seen that turtle 'eating' coins, it were 915 coins!
Let's hope there will be signs at turtle ponds now, .."do not feed coins to the turtles...,Swallow your bad luck yourself"....

swerv | 07 March 2017 - 12:56:45

Kurt: There are signs in Russian stating it is against the law to feed the fish with the penalties spelt out.
Some people feel they are above the law and ignore such signs as not being applicable to them.
This lady is very lucky to get away with a small fine.

What is a " puke affair"? Strange remark.

Stupid Russian | 07 March 2017 - 10:40:13

Good luck getting the money back!

One law for Thai's & another for foreigners. 

kangaloowest | 07 March 2017 - 05:17:47

Ridiculously out of proportion !!.
What happened with the "Tour Guide" ??.
Were they cautioned/fined as well.
I would never go back to Phuket again after that load of BS.
The 100,000 Baht will have been divided up amongst the chief of police and immigration,
Once they have the money, that's it, it is gone !!
They have done the image of Thai Tourism irreparable damage !!

Katoey\DONK\. | 07 March 2017 - 04:52:36

This is a joke right?

Kurt | 06 March 2017 - 19:55:49

Arrested for feeding fish bread.
Two nights in Chalong police detention.
Released after paying 100,000 thb bail (???!)
Got fined in court 1000 thb.
Hold passport as being a 'flight risk'. Pathetic.
And not able to confirm or the bail will be returned? Yes/No ?
What silly nonsense is that?
After the fine was paid, the bail suppose to be returned the very same moment, right?

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