Popular Thailand resort sick of Russians crowding it after Russia's invasion of Ukraine: people are furious and complain to police
Thai residents are concerned about the influx of Russian emigrants into the country. Thais complain that Russians are taking their jobs, opening illegal businesses and committing crimes.
Those citizens of the Russian Federation, who are fleeing mobilization amid the war in Ukraine unleashed by Russia, receive long-term visas without hindrance. This was reported by Al Jazeera, whose journalists assessed the mood in society.
The residents of the resort island of Phuket and the capital Bangkok suffer the most. Here Russian business creates serious competition for local entrepreneurs. For example, Russians offer cheaper services or cab rides.
"Real estate prices have skyrocketed, which is good news for Thai owners and realtors but difficult for tenants. Russian-speaking businesses have popped up, often operating through Russian-language apps and staffed by people working illegally. There have also been reports of Russian sex workers," the article said.
Residents of the island complain that Russians have started to run the tourist business and are harassing competitors who have been in the market for a long time. Moreover, emigrants do not even use the local currency, introducing prices in rubles.
"They drive personal cars that are not registered with Thailand's transport department as service vehicles and pick up tourists who book them through a Russian app, offering a price almost 20 percent cheaper than us," Phuket Minibus Drivers Club president Prayut Thongmusik told Alt.
Thais complain online that the authorities should intervene and act in the interests of the country's residents rather than "guests" trying to make money in Thailand while businesses in the Russian Federation are suffering from sanctions.
To settle the mood in society, law enforcers have begun detaining and fining Russians who open illegal businesses or violate the country's laws in other ways.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL wrote that tourists complain about the vacation on the resort in the Russian city of Sochi. To know what they are not satisfied with, read our material.