How Russian was detained at Koh Phangan for not returning rented motorbike

How Russian was detained at Koh Phangan for not returning rented motorbike
Russian man was detained and freed at Koh Phangan after not returning rented motorbike for a few months, photos: Thai Moto

Story was posted on Russian version of our website few weeks ago and was widely commented and shared on social media. There were no reports on this case in Thai media so we decided to translate our report into English. The owner of rental company asked us not to publish the real name of our hero so let’s call him Mikhail.

This story began in 2016 on Koh Samui when young Russian tourist Mikhail rented black motorbike Honda PCX 150new from Thai Moto rental company. Mikhail departed from Koh Samui to the nearby Koh Phangan where he spent his holidays.

When the rental contract terminated Mikhail decided not to return motorbike to its owner and abandoned the Honda at Koh Phangan. Then Mikhail left sunny Thailand and returned to Russia.

On September 2016 rental company reported stolen motorbike to Samui police and announced on Facebook the reward for information which can help them to find Honda.

Mikhail was mentioned on that post and wrote a few comments as if nothing had happend. He promised to inform motorbike owner about his new Thailand trip in advance and wrote that he will be grateful if somebody meet him on arrival.

How Russian was detained at Koh Phangan for not returning rented motorbike

Our Mikhail really has a good sence of humour. He spoke ironically about someone’s proposal to report the case to Russian police:

How Russian was detained at Koh Phangan for not returning rented motorbike

“I agree, you’ll spend a lot of time with “menty” [менты, russian police] and will have no result”, wrote Mikhail.

He even had a courage to blame motorbike owner for the loss of motorbike.

How Russian was detained at Koh Phangan for not returning rented motorbike

“As my army commander said, you lost this motorbike, Vitalik [name of motorbike owner], you lost it. I gave you all the information about person who keep motorbike but you did nothing. But I’ll come and help you, don’t worry”, said Mikhail. Instead of “lost” he use Russian obscene verb “proyebal” [проебал].

Few netizens wrote in their comments that Mikhail doesn’t hide from anyone, he lives in Moscow and doesn’t return borrowed money to many people. Samui and Phangan residents also said it would be great if Mikhail repay his debts which he made during his Thailand trip.

Such a curious character, our Mikhail. He is 27 years old and earns a living by organizing workshops and seminars (often at Koh Phangan). He calls himself “intuitive psychologist” and raises “The Bogatyrs” [богатыри, a heros, warriors from Russian tales]. You can order “turbotransformation” from Mikhail for just 10,000 rubles ($174, monthly price). Also Mikhail can tell you how to triplicate your energy with Donald Trump’s chakra.

How Russian was detained at Koh Phangan for not returning rented motorbike

Mikhail and black Honda.

Our Mikhail loves Koh Phangan so much that he was not afraid to return on the island where many angry creditors and unresolved motorbike situation wait him. We forgot to say that Mikhail has very popular Instagram profile where he regularly posts motivational photos for his devoted followers and reports about his daily life.

It was very useful for motorbike owner. He reported Mikhail to Samui poice. Then on early morning of 30 January police raided Mikhail’s rented house at Koh Phangan. Intuitive psychologist was detained and brought to police station.

How Russian was detained at Koh Phangan for not returning rented motorbike

Say “Cheese”: Mikhail makes photos with Samui policemen.

Our Mikhail didn’t like the perspective to spend his holidays in Thai prison so on the same day he found the necessary sum of money to compensate the motorbike price. Mikhail was released on the surety of motorbike owner. When Mikhail paid a fine at the rate of motorbike price he was finally freed.

Few days after he returned to Russia. Unfortunately, he didn’t tell this story to his devoted Instagram followers (but they read it on our website :).

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In Russian: Россиянин задержан на Ко Пхангане за невозврат мотобайка в прокат

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