Thalang Restaurant Raided: Russians and Thai Nominee Arrested

Thalang, Phuket:

In a recent operation, Region 8 Police conducted a raid on a restaurant located in Cherng Talay. The establishment, known as OCTOPUS Restaurant, has been at the center of attention due to its substantial revenue—approximately 80 million baht.

According to Region 8 police, the raid took place on Thursday, April 4th. Authorities apprehended four individuals during the operation: Ms. Punyanuch, a Thai national, and three Russians—Mr. Valadislav, Mr. Valerii, and Mr. Pavel.

The restaurant had been officially registered as a company under Ms. Punyanuch’s name, with her holding the majority of shares. However, further investigation revealed that Ms. Punyanuch merely served as a nominee for the companies true Russian owners, who according to Region 8 police were trying to dodge Thai law by using a Thai as a fake owner. Ms. Punyanuch lacked the authority to manage its operations, police added.

The true owner of the restaurant and company is Mr. Valadislav, said Region 8 police. All profits were funneled directly to him, resulting in the impressive revenue of 80 million baht.

The suspects did not release a statement to the media.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.