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Police let mafia boss slip away

Fugitive filed complaint after theft

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  • Writer: Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai & Dane Halpin
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Pattaya police missed a chance to capture alleged Russian mafia kingpin Alexander Matusov more than a year ago, when the high-profile fugitive filed a robbery complaint against a transgender prostitute. 

Mr Matusov, who was arrested last Monday on multiple murder charges, went to police in December 2012 after being drugged and robbed of what he claimed was more than 1.5 million baht by the prostitute, who he picked up on Jomtien beach.

The Russian fugitive supplied his real name to investigators after being found nearly-naked and unconscious at his home after the robbery. But police at the time failed to link Mr Matusov to his storied criminal past, despite him being on an Interpol most-wanted list since 2009.

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