Chonburi Immigration Police arrested a wanted Russian, an alleged mafia figure, who had been hiding out in Pattaya for two years.
Andrey Atamas, 41, was captured June 17 while shopping for construction materials at a Sukhumvit road supply store. He was carrying a Czech passport under the name Andrej Kristof.
Russian Andrey Atamas has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for his alleged role in a large-scale robbery in Russia by an organized-crime gang.
Immigration police conferred with the Czech embassy and determined the passport had been reported lost and altered to use a fake name.
Atamas confessed that he bought the passport for 70,000 baht and used it to enter the country.
Atamas is wanted in Russia for his role in a large-scale robbery by an organized-crime gang. He’d been in Pattaya about two years and had set up a real estate company called Glory International.