The Thai government has approved a draft extradition agreement with Russia. On this subject writing The Nation Thailand in reference to the official representative of the Thai Cabinet Rachada Dhnadirek.
According to her, the draft agreement aims to expand cooperation between countries in the fight against crime. The terms of the agreement are in line with those of extradition treaties that Thailand has entered into with other countries, Dhnadirek added.
The representative of the Cabinet of Ministers noted that the draft extradition agreement does not require the approval of the Thai Parliament, as it does not affect the country’s economy, society, territory, trade and investments. .
In early February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that approved government proposal to sign an extradition treaty between Russia and Thailand.
In February 2023 Al Jazeera said about “tens of thousands” of Russians who came to Thailand after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine in the hope of avoiding conscription and starting a new life. According to Phuket International Airport, to which the publication refers, from November 2022 to January 2023, more than 233,000 Russians arrived on the island – this is the largest group of visitors to the resort.
Russians are also actively buying real estate in Phuket. According to the Thailand Real Estate Information Center, the share of Russians among foreigners who bought condominiums in Phuket last year was 40%, writes Al Jazeera. A massive influx of visitors from Russia is also seen on Koh Samui and the city of Pattaya.
In March, the governor of the Indonesian island of Bali, Vayan Koster, proposed to stop the simplified issuance of visas to tourists from Russia and Ukraine in connection with violations of the visa regime. According to him, citizens of these countries come to Bali as tourists, but are looking for work, which requires a special visa.