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Russian Oleg Fomenko confessed and has now apologised

Residents Accept Russian's Apology

Thursday, October 31, 2013
PHUKET: Protesting Karon residents said today that they accepted the passed-on apology of a Russian man who damaged the image of a monk at a Phuket temple last week.

Village chief Aroonsri Kanma told Phuketwan this afternoon: ''If he has said he is sorry and will pay for the damages, I am happy to let it rest.''

Another resident, Norm Yenjid, added: ''I am prepared to believe he is sorry but I cannot speak for others.''

The conciliatory comments came as jailed Russian Oleg Fomenko revealed through a Phuket envoy that he was sorry for the damage to the statue of the monk and was prepared to pay the 310,000 baht cost of repairs.

Residents who live in Karon massed at the temple on Friday after the vandalism and demanded that Mr Fomenko be brought there within seven days to apologise.

Deputy Russian honorary consul Santi Udomkiratak said today that many among the 3000 Russian expats on Phuket were upset at the sacrilege and hoped it would not affect their relationship with locals.

''I am a Buddhist so I can understand how the residents feel,'' Khun Santi said. He visited Mr Fomenko in Phuket Prison today with a small group of concerned Russians.

Mr Fomenko told them he had just two cocktails to drink on the night the damage was done, but could not remember anything.

''I apologise and I will respond about the cost,'' Mr Fomenko told Khun Santi.

Mr Fomenko has yet to be bailed. Karon police were concerned that his safety could be at risk if he was taken to Karon temple to apologise.


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Khun Oleg did a major stupid mistake. Good he said he is sorry. Good he is prepared to step up for the material damage. Now let him out of prison, please, with bail big enough to cover any costs. He should receive forgiveness as I am sure the revered monk would have wanted.

Sometimes it is hard for farangs to understand the deep love and grave connection to a picture or a statue, the feeling of remembering, rescue, security and warmth such places give Thai people and their deep sense of loss, pain, anger and even furor if it is violated as they feel their soul was humiliated.

Guests should respect this places, no matter if drunken or not.

Posted by Lena on October 31, 2013 21:50


"I apologise and I will respond about the cost," Mr Fomenko told Khun Santi.

I wonder what his response will be.

Posted by Buster on October 31, 2013 21:54

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