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The Russians are coming

Tourist roubles - not military might - mark growing influence on the region

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Two decades after the end of the Soviet Union's military influence in Indochina, Russia has emerged as a country with growing potential for Thailand and its neighbours to reap the benefits of its rising spending power. 

Russian tourists pet a new born baby elephant at an elephant camp in Phuket in February. (EPA photo)

Tourism has long since replaced military jostling for geo-political position as Russia's biggest infleunce on Southeast Asia.

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