Two Russian nationals have been detained by the Public Civil Service Office after begging on the streets of Nusa Penida to survive.
The Head of Denpasar Immigration Office Class I, Tedy Riyandi, confirmed that two international tourists identified as AK (aged 61) and IK (aged 34) from Russia were detained after being reported for begging in Nusa Penida and overstaying in Bali.
“They were a mother and son from Russia who had been financially struggling in Bali,” Tedy said on Wednesday (13/4).
Both AK and IK had arrived in Bali as tourists. They stayed in different places before staying in a villa run by a Ukrainian national.
When the war between Russia and Ukraine broke out over a month ago, both of them were expelled from the villa after not being able to pay their rent. The situation got worse as they began to run out of resources to survive and extend their visa.
A resident from Batununggul Village who spotted them crying on the street felt compassion for them and let them stay in his house. After one month, the officials of the local village reported their situation to the Immigration Office for assistance.
“Our officials immediately picked them up and kept them in our detention house while waiting for their deportation process,” Tedy concluded.
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