Phuket: Russian woman fined 1000 baht for feeding fish

Phuket: Russian woman fined 1000 baht for feeding fish
Russian tourist Olga Smirnova who was arrested on Koh Racha Yai for feeding fish fined 1000 baht, photo credit: DMCR

Russian tourist fined 1000 baht for feeding fish on Koh Racha Yai.

53-year old Olga Smirnova was detained by Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) officers at Plab Pla Bay of Koh Racha Yai on 19 February. Olga spent 2 nights in police station cell because she had not enough money to post 100,000 baht bail. She was charged for feeding fish in a forbidden area or in an area with coral reef.

Col Krittapas Det-intarasorn from Chalong Police Station confirmed to ‘Phuket News’ journalists that Olga admitted all charges against her and was fined 1000 baht. Maximum penalty for this offence is 100,000 baht or imprisonment not more than one year or both.

Head of Consular Section of Russian Embassy in Bangkok Vladimir Sosnov said that verdict of Phuker court ‘is satisfactory’ and penalty ‘is minimal’. Russian Embassy earlier asked local autorities to decide Olga’s fate as soon as possible under the Thai laws. Now the main task for consular officers is to help Olga come back home because she missed her flight.

UPD: As Phuket Immigration said Olga will not be blacklisted from visiting Thailand. She is permitted to stay on Phuket until 18 March but TASS reported that she will come back home on 9 March.

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In Russian: Пхукет: россиянка оштрафована на 1000 батов за кормление рыб и не попадет в блэклист

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