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Russian Expat Released After Stealing Five Helmets In Bali

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A Russian national named Ivan Kashtaev has been released by police after admitting that he had stolen some helmets in Bali.

The Head of Mengwi Criminal Investigation Bureau, AKP Wiwin confirmed that Ivan was released after admitting to stealing five helmets from the parking lot of Pererenan Beach. “We decided to release him because he gave back the helmets that he previously stole from Pererenan Beach, and he also admitted that he did it when he was drunk and depressed,” AKP Wiwin said.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

The incident occurred as Ivan was going home after visiting Pererenan Beach. Instead of going straight to his villa, he decided to steal some helmets that were hung on several motorbikes parked in the parking area.

“He admitted that he was drunk that day, and he was also depressed after recently breaking up with his partner, so he spontaneously took those helmets with him” AKP Wiwin added.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Ivan also said that he only realized that he stole the helmets when he woke up the next morning and that he planned on returning them.

After receiving a report, officers from Mengwi Police Department began their investigation on Saturday morning (17/4 and found him the same day.

“Ivan already apologized for what he has done, and we decided to close the case as the victims didn’t file a lawsuit against him” AKP Wiwin concluded.

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Friday 23rd of April 2021

Payment maybe ?

Paul W

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Theft is theft. He is a guest in Indonesia and should have his visa revoked and be deported. What kind of message is sending to people.


Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Am I the only one who thinks that Russians (most of the time) can do whatever they want in Bali without getting deported/banned for bad behavior?? I have nothing against Russia or any other country, but it seems that russian tourists or russian expats feels like home in Bali..I can hide my feeling that the Indonesian authorities are less strict with them? What are the hidden "agreement" between Indonesia and Russia??? I'm really wondering? and how is it still possible for some Russian are allowed to enter Indonesia when the rest of the world is not? I'm very desapointed by what I see, there's not a single week without reading something wrong happening because of russian citizens, I'm just pointing a fact,nothing else.

J West

Tuesday 20th of April 2021



Tuesday 20th of April 2021

@J West, Setuju! and a ban wouldn't be too much as well, at least to make an example once and for all.

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Is he having five heads when he was drunk, now all of those helmets have to be desinfected if owners will have them back or he have to buy new ones. - My helmet is from California, it would be very expensive for him to replace it.