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The man's body is removed from the room in Patong today

UPDATE Phuket Ladyboy Cleared: Russian Man's Death Declared a Suicide

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
UPDATING All Day, Every Day

PHUKET investigators have ruled the death of Fedor Vasilev, 33, to be a suicide after concluding that his ladyboy katoey friend was not at the scene at the time. Papers discarded in a bin turned out to be a farewell note, asking her to attend his funeral.

Original Report

PHUKET: The reason for a young Russian man apparently taking his own life are likely to become known as police on Phuket continue their investigation into his death today.

The body of the 33-year-old man was found in a room at the Royal Crown Resort in Patong about 6am.

Both his wrists had been slashed several times but there were no other signs of violence.

There were two letters, discarded in a wastepaper basket, apparently written by the man. Police hope to learn more about the case once they are translated from the Russian language.

An examination of security camera footage has so far revealed nothing suspicious.

The man had a beautiful ladyboy katoey girlfriend, according to police. She dropped him off at the resort at noon on Monday, security cameras show, but did not stay, as she normally did.

Police have established that the man arrived on Phuket on July 29 and was due to fly out today.

Maids obeyed the 'Do Not Disturb' notice on the door until this morning.

Officers have established that the knife was bought from a Big C store on Saturday.

Phuketwan has been supplied with the man's name but will not publish it until we can be sure relatives have been notified.

Anyone feeling depressed is advised to talk to family or friends, or to contact a doctor.


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A "beautiful ladyboy"? There is no such thing. This was clearly murder made to look like a suicide.

Posted by Junkets on August 13, 2014 20:09

Editor Comment:

There may be ''news'' organisations that prefer to find a juicy murder rather than a sad, sad suicide but really, all they ever attract are people like you.

And they're welcome to you. RIP.


so the l/b slashed the russian guys wrists junkers?

Posted by ayjay on August 13, 2014 20:25


A "beautiful ladyboy"? There is no such thing. No Thanks Junkets; your opinion is Junk, Bunk, get out of your Funk..

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or are you "Junkets the Judge" of all that is perceived as ugly or beautiful in the world? Then you must be GOD, Junkets, good thing though, avoid the freelancers IMHO

Posted by farang888 on August 13, 2014 21:17


It's been reported elsewhere that the victim had 7 stab wounds to his chest.

If true, that would make the suicide theory a rather challenging sale.

Any further info on the extent of the injuries of the victim ?

Posted by ThaiMike on August 13, 2014 23:11

Editor Comment:

Other men have managed to inflict serious knife wounds on themselves, TM.


I just love civilians who know more than the police and all from a single news story.
A tragedy no matter what the eventual cause.

Posted by Arthur Gane on August 14, 2014 05:42


-Junkets- ""A "beautiful ladyboy"? There is no such thing.""

There is Junkets, there is! Saw just one yesterday in Udon Thani's Central Plaza. A 9 out of 10, on my scale. Seldom saw such beautiful legs and fitting outfit.

Posted by Alfred on August 14, 2014 13:07


How sad is this, poor poor man, whata death, and I feel for his family and loved ones that he has left behind.


Posted by Robert on August 14, 2014 20:51


I have witnessed hearing more than one lovely Thai lady ruefully admit that certain Kathoey are more beautiful than they are, in THEIR humble opinion..I'll take their opinion over the opinions of the "Junkets" of the world any day.

In Fact, Junkets could be the name of a Kathoey Rock band! The(lovely) black- haired Junk- Ettes! After all, most of them still sport their dangly bits, or rather they retained their junk,or junkettes as it were..
Signed, Anti-Junket

Posted by farang888 on August 14, 2014 21:29


Before eliminating himself permanently from this veil of tears, Fedor Vasilev requested that his now ex-ladyboy girlfriend attend his pending funeral. He would likely be far better to see the her in the flesh, rather than gazing down from God only knows where. It's tragic enough as it is, but the note to request her presence at his funeral is about as bizarre and surreal as it gets,in these "strange days indeed mama". Next

Posted by farang888 on August 15, 2014 05:04


Papers discarded in a bin turned out to be a farewell note, asking her to attend his funeral.
It was reported that papers "need to be translated" - so I assumed that they are in Russian, not English..?
If papers with farewell are in English, how one can be sure that these papers were written by him, not by intruder to disguise a murder? Does police has a reliable sample of his handwriting?
Hope investigators have good answers to these points.

Posted by Sue on August 15, 2014 07:26

Editor Comment:

Armchair guesswork about the serious issue of the manner of a person's death is always distasteful, often hurtful, inevitably inappropriate and in more ways than one, just plain wrong. If you have some expertise in forensic investigation, go talk to the police.

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