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Russian gang steal Bitcoin worth millions from young Russian couple in Phuket condo extortion

A Russian couple have gone to Thai police to say that compatriots posing initially as Interpol had entered their condominium and forced them to give passwords before stealing nearly 4 million baht in Bitcoin.

Maxsim Latsoka, 23, and Anna Nikurina, 28, were returning home on Monday at 10pm and as they entered their fourth floor condo room in Muang district they were bundled into the room by two Russian men.

The men said they were Interpol from Russia investigating Bitcoin irregularities. The men put a hood over Maxim and wrapped a towel around the head of his girlfriend before another Russian man came into the bedroom.

He ordered them to give the password of their computer notebook then the password of their Bitcoin account. If they didn’t they were told they would be injected with drugs and handed over to the Thai police

The gang were in the room for a total of five hours, reported Thai Rath.

They managed to get 100,000 Euros in Bitcoin emptying the account. Then they fled with the notebook warning the couple they would be back to carry out their threats if they went to the Thai police.

A Thai forensics team were at the condo yesterday. The Russian couple initially were scared to report the theft but a friend who is a volunteer policeman persuaded them that it was better to report it.

Thai police said that they have information that the gang have fled to Malaysia.

Arrest warrants are being prepared.

Thai Visa /Thai Rath



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