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Phuket Immigration frees Russian ‘fish-feeding’ criminal, no blacklist required

PHUKET: Chalong Police have confirmed to The Phuket News that Olga Smirnova, the 53-year-old Russian woman arrested for feeding fish at Koh Racha and detained for two days in police detention cells because she could not raise the B100,000 bail required, has not been added to Thailand’s immigration blacklist.

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By Yutthawat Lekmak

Tuesday 7 March 2017, 11:45AM


Olga Smirnova, the 53-year-old Russian woman arrested for feeding fish at Koh Racha and detained for two days in police detention cells because she could not raise the B100,000 bail required, has been been freed by Phuket Immigration and not added to Thailand’s immigration blacklist. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Olga Smirnova, the 53-year-old Russian woman arrested for feeding fish at Koh Racha and detained for two days in police detention cells because she could not raise the B100,000 bail required, has been been freed by Phuket Immigration and not added to Thailand’s immigration blacklist. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

”Phuket Immigration confirmed that Ms Smirnova was not added to the blacklist and she can travel in Phuket until her visa (permit to stay) expires on Mar 18,” Chalong Police Chief Col Krittapas Det-intarasorn told The Phuket News this morning.

“This is most likely because it is not a serious issue,” Col Krittapas added.

Col Krittapas assured, “The bail money posted will be returned to Ms Ratree Raksaart.”

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Ms Ratree nominated herself to the court as a “friend” of Ms Smirnova and submitted the B100,000 bail to Phuket Provincial Court on Feb 21 in order to secure Ms Smironova’s release while awaiting trial.

Ms Smirnova was arrested at Koh Racha on Feb 19 for feeding bread to fish. (See story here.)

Until yesterday, she was being held in Thailand in order to be sentenced and fined B1,000 for the crime. (See story here.)

 

 

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Rorii | 09 March 2017 - 17:22:18

Eagle, seriously mate, do you actually know the meaning of "respect", if you do then your comment is rediculous, these people do not deserve any respect, perhaps you do not agree, if so please enlighten as to why. What has he done to deserve respect? Is he your "master" and commands you to stand up for him, or paid to defend him.

Rorii | 08 March 2017 - 06:36:14

One thing surprises my, not one official, and I am taking as high as ol' cha cha, sits back and allows this fiasco to go on, why didn't  anyone put a stop to it, kobarn, cha cha, hope someone reads this, you comp,ain about peop,e defaming  Thailand yet you sit by and do nothing to stop Thailand defaming  itself. Your just lime a bunch of kindergarten  kids, with no idea. My apologies to ki...

LES | 07 March 2017 - 19:43:31

A ridiculous circumstance for this poor woman in the first place, a total over reaction by the authorities, absurd.I am pleased that no money changed hands (yet) and common sense so often lacking....prevailed.

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