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Reputed Russian Crime Boss Arrested In Thailand

A reputed Russian crime boss wanted for his alleged involvement in scores of killings and other criminal activities has been arrested in Thailand.

Thailand Migration Police officials said on June 25 that Aleksandr Matusov, 52, had been arrested on June 23.

An infamous criminal network tied to Matusov -- known as the Shchyolkovo Group -- was notorious for killings, extortion, and kidnappings committed in and around Moscow and St. Petersburg from 1995 to 2009.

The Russian authorities issued arrest warrants for Matusov and other gang members for allegedly murdering four members of a rival gang in 1996.

According to Thai officials, Matusov first entered Thailand in 2009 and left before returning on a fake Armenian passport.

Thai immigration police revoked Matusov's retirement visa and are pushing for his deportation to Russia.

Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS

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