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Russian National Arrested After Extorting Thousands Of Dollars From An Expat In Bali

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A 56-year-old Russian national named Evgenii Bagriantsev has been arrested for extorting an expat from Uzbekistan in Bali.

The Director of the Bali Criminal Investigation Bureau, Kombes Pol Djuhandani Rahardjo Putro confirmed that the suspect was arrested after extorting a businessman named Nikolay Romanov from Uzbekistan in Bali. During the attempt, the suspect tried to impersonate Interpol in order to gain trust from the victim before finally getting arrested by the police on July 1st 2021. According to the information, the incident began when the suspect who impersonated an Interpol agent attempted to intimidate the victim who has been running a motorbike rental business in Bali.

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“The suspect threatened the victim by saying that the business he has been running has violated the Indonesia legal system, so he told the victim to give him USD 28,000 (IDR 400 million to remain silent.” Kombes Pol Putro said on Tuesday (6/7). Other than that, the suspect also told Nikolay to give him 21 motorbikes if he’s unwilling to transfer him the cash. Few months later, the suspect contacted the victim again and told him to transfer another USD 8,461 (IDR 121 million) cash and 1 motorbike to him. After filling a report to the police regarding this case, the victim arranged a meet up with the suspect as he pretended to agree with the suspect’s requests to give him the cash and a motorbike.

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

The officers who were already in position at the location arrested the suspect when the victim handed him the cash on July 1st 2021. During the interrogation, the suspect admitted that he has been doing this illegal activity with two partners. “The other suspects who are also Russian Nationals are now fugitive, while the investigation is still underway to find other potential victims.” Kombes Pol Putro concluded. The suspect has been detained at the Bali Police Department  along with evidence such as a car, USD 1,400 (IDR 20 million) cash and a motorbike for further investigation. 

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

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J West

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Bali can expect more Russian-style crime as more criminal Russians move to Bali because they see Bali as an easy victim for strong arm extortion, fraud, theft and false documents, all common and frequent crimes in Russia.


Monday 12th of July 2021

@J West, The land of the smile I experienced culturally was genuine back then in the early, mid and late 80's. Less so today as it is more gentrified.

J West

Friday 9th of July 2021

@Randy, 55555, Russian bad guys are like children stealing candy compared to the Thai themselves. Corruption in Thailand is absolute, top to bottom. Thai police used to control everything, now it’s Army thugs. Same game, different faces. That foreign gangsters of every nationality exist in Thailand in large numbers is only because the Thai are easily bought off and lazy. And what can we expect, from a country that sells its children into sex slavery?


Thursday 8th of July 2021

@J West, true dat. However the Russians are also running the show in tourist spots in Thailand. Sighs.

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Seems to be remains of former Soviet Union mafia methods.

L.ynette De March Chelin

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

When is Bali going to wake up to these RussiansI know one mustn't generize, but just look at what's going 9n,deport these people IMMEDIATELY!!!GET THEM OUT!!