Russian fugitive snared in Pattaya

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A Russian fugitive wanted on robbery, kidnapping, and fraud charges has been captured in Pattaya.

Sergey Kovalenko, 25, was captured March 10 attempting to extend a student visa at the Chonburi Immigration Office. He has been wanted in Russia since the issuance of an arrest warrant there in June.

Russian police alleged Kovalenko heads a student gang in Yurga that extorted protection money from town businesses, masterminded robberies, and perpetrated fraud scams. Six other alleged members of the gang have been arrested already.

Sergey Kovalenko smiles for the camera as he is led into jail.Sergey Kovalenko smiles for the camera as he is led into jail.