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The owner of the Phuket waterpark after his arrest today

Phuket Raids Nab Russian Illegals at Phuket Waterpark

Thursday, May 2, 2013
PHUKET: Officials from the Labor Office in Bangkok raided a Phuket waterpark today and arrested four people over alleged employment breaches.

Three Russians and a man from Turkestan were charged, including the owner of the Phuket Wakeboarding Waterpark in Kathu.

The 4pm raid was the latest move against Russian businesses and staff perceived to be taking jobs on Phuket that could be filled by Thais.

The names of those arrested today were given as the owner, Oleg Lisinov, 47, and employees Julia Solovgeva, 24, Alena Bonkaresova, 29, and Dimitri Lee, 27.

Maximum sentences involve fines of up to 100,000 baht and/or jail.

Earlier this week, arrests took place in a raid on nightspots on Patong's Soi Bangla. Most of those charged were Russians.

Complaints by Thais in the Phuket districts of Bang Tao and Karon about Russians taking jobs that should be held by Thais have led to a growing number of arrests and business closures.


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When are the Thais going to complain about the Russian prostitutes taking the Thai girls jobs which are reserved for Thais only ?

Posted by Elizabeth on May 2, 2013 22:06

Editor Comment:

They already have.


I believe you mean Turkmenistan.

Posted by Stephen on May 2, 2013 22:30


You made me laugh Elizabeth, have you been on a Visa run lately and seen how many Asian ladies are doing Visa Runs, that speak Thai. It will be interesting to see what happens to all these Thai only jobs in less than two years with Asean being implemented.

Posted by Lost in Translation on May 2, 2013 23:02


@lostintranslation, I really dont think ASEAN 2015 will ever be implemented in full. And i think come 31st December 2015 nothing will change as Thai authorities will find a way around it - does anyone really think Thailand are going to open their doors up to all these workers from other ASEAN countries - and if it does expect the mass protests to increase on a day by day basis.

Posted by Ciaran on May 3, 2013 10:20


Well-done from all of us Expats here in Phuket who have work permits, visas and pay their taxes

Posted by Mark on May 3, 2013 14:14


get rid of all of them i say

Posted by Harry on May 4, 2013 00:50


The russian guy who ran the controls was rude and arrogant. Replace him with somebody much more friendly towards tourists please. This chap can go home.

Posted by Ineptocracy on May 8, 2013 12:43

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