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US embassy cables: Russian mafia active in Thailand

Thailand enjoys a rapid expansion of Russian tourists visiting Thailand but has to deal with an unwanted side effect – the presence of Russian organized crime networks around the popular beach destinations of Pattaya and Phuket.

The biggest headline grabber of 2008-09 has likely been the arrest of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, whose extradition to the U.S. remains under review by an Appellate Court.

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