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Bangkok Post – Russian arrested for running motorbike rental shop on Koh Phangan

The man did not have a work permit and overstayed his visa, police say

Russian citizen Denis Chervenko, 42, is questioned after being arrested on the southern resort island of Koh Phangan for working without a permit and overstaying his visa. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI – A Russian man arrested for running a motorbike rental business on the tourist island of Koh Phangan also overstayed his visa, police said.

Tourist police and local officials detained Denis Chervenko, 42, on Tuesday at Pooltrap Village Bungalow in tambon Ban Tai. Five motorbikes were confiscated from him, said Noppadol Khaomali, head of Koh Phangan district.

According to Mr. Noppadol, local officials received a complaint that Mr. Chervenko was running a business despite not having a work permit. The business was advertised on the social media platform Telegram.

Once investigators confirmed the identity of the social media user advertising the business, a member of the arrest team posted as a potential customer to inquire online about bike rental fees.

The fees were 2,800 baht per week plus a deposit of 3,500 baht per motorcycle. A two-week rental cost 2,100 baht per week.

During questioning, Mr. Czerwenko admitted that he was in the country illegally and supported himself by running a motorcycle rental business.

He was accused of working without a work permit and overstaying his visa by 175 days.

The arrest follows the detention last month of a Swiss man who had been running a hairdressing shop on Koh Phangan for nine years. Hairdressing is a profession reserved for Thai citizens under Thai law.

Police confiscated five motorbikes belonging to a Russian arrested on Koh Phangan who was renting them out. (Photo: Supapong Chaolan)