Sergey Kosenko, a Russian national living in Bali during the COVID-19 pandemic, was deported back to his home country by Bali Immigration on Sunday (24/1) after violating a number of Indonesian laws.
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A video of Sergey that went viral after plunging his motorbike from an abandoned port into the sea received massive response from activists and Indonesian politicians.
Based on the video, Sergey violated several rules of Indonesian regulations, including trespassing and potentially harming the marine ecosystem.
A politician named Ni Luh Jelantik held a meeting with Sergey and urged him to apologize to the people of Bali for his actions.
“I am Sergey Kosenko, apologizing over a video that I’ve made to everyone who lives in Bali,” Sergey said.
The head of Bali Law and Human Rights Ministry, Jamaruli Manihuruk said that Sergey admitted that he wanted to follow the online trend among Russians to plunge a motorbike into the sea to show to his followers on his YouTube channel.
During his stay in Bali, Sergey continuously changed his residence. The last place he rented before his deportation was a private villa in Berawa, Canggu.
Earlier this month, Sergey defied government regulations once again by hosting a party in his villa during the partial lockdown. Many people were in attendance, ignoring prevention protocols.
He also invested in local businesses without the appropriate visa. “He was investing in some real estate businesses without holding KITAS, and that’s violating our immigration rule,” Jamaruli said.
Following investigations, Sergey was finally deported back to Russia from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on Sunday (24/1).
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