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Russian crime boss quietly arrested in Phuket

Russian crime boss quietly arrested in Phuket

PHUKET: A quiet arrest in a street in Rawai last month netted the head of a large-scale Russian organized crime syndicate, living in Phuket.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 3 July 2015, 11:05AM


Russian crime boss fugitive Dimitry Rodionov was arrested in this quiet street in Rawai, Phuket. Photo: Google Maps

Russian crime boss fugitive Dimitry Rodionov was arrested in this quiet street in Rawai, Phuket. Photo: Google Maps

Dimitry Rodionov, 38; was taken into custody at a house in Soi Samakkee 2 in the quiet area of Saiyuan, Rawai, at 1:20pm on June 10.

His arrest at the time drew a public announcement from the Russian Embassy in Bangkok.

Rodionov, a native of Vladivostok, was wanted in Russia on a range of charges and was detained by police in Thailand at the request of the Russian bureau of Interpol, Vladimir Sosnov, head of the consular department, reported to RIA Novosti on June 13. (See Novosti Phuketa report here.)

But it wasn’t until a seemingly regular press conference in Bangkok this week that it became known that crime boss Rodionov was arrested in Phuket.

Rodionov was presented to the press by Maj Gen Thamrong Saengwattanakul, commander of Immigration Police Division 3, on Tuesday (June 30) as one of six foreign fugitives arrested in Thailand.

The other suspects presented included Russian woman Natallia Makian; German national Mario Wilhelm Schaefer; Taiwanese pair Chen Hung Hsun, 34, and Hsiao Min Chu, 48; Chinese national Wen Liping, 32.

“Rodionov was wanted on an Interpol red notice and the Russian government had canceled his passport,” an officer at Interpol Thailand later confirmed to The Phuket News.

Phuket Immigration Police received a warrant for Rodionov’s arrest on May 21. He was in custody less than three weeks later.

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“We are currently in the process of deporting Rodionov,” the Interpol officer confirmed.

The officer declined to disclose any further information.

According to Russian police, Rodionov was one of the leaders of an organized crime syndicate operating in Russia’s Far East and specializing in large-scale fraud and thefts.

As reported by local media, members of the gang posed themselves as freight agents signing contracts on goods delivery with various businesses and then disappearing with the cargo.

The gang included a special support unit with armed fighters experienced in firearms and trained in martial arts. It is believed that the group was involved in various grave crimes including extortion, armed robberies, vehicle thefts and more.

All the group members were arrested in February 2012, with Rodionov being the only one to escape.

In March 2014 an international arrest warrant was issued, but until this year police were unable to identify his location.

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