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Russian Alexey Safronenkov, seated, is caught on Koh Samui in Surat Thani province for overstaying his visa by 2,861 days. (Photo from PRESS Fire And Rescue Facebook page)

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SURAT THANI: A Russian man has been arrested on Koh Samui in Surat Thani for overstaying his visa by 2,861 days.

Immigration and tourist police inspecting areas in Koh Samui district came across a foreign man on Soi 3, off Mae Nam Road, on Wednesday afternoon. 

They asked for his passport and found the man's visa had expired in 2012.

Alexey Safronenkov, 32, had overstayed his tourist visa by 2,861 days, Surat Thani immigration police said on Thursday.

He was handed over to Koh Samui police station for legal action.

The Russian national had entered the country through Khuan Don checkpoint in Satun on Jan 12, 2012 on a tourist visa which allowed him to stay until Feb 11, 2012. He had not since left the country.

He would be blacklisted for 10 years, Thai media reported.

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Vocabulary:

blacklist (verb): to put the name of a person, a company, a product or a country on a blacklist (a list of the names of people, companies, products or countries that an organization or a government considers unacceptable and that must be avoided) - ใส่ในบัญชีรายชื่อของคนที่ทำไม่ดี

checkpoint : a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ

come across (verb): to meet or find somebody/something by chance - พบโดยบังเอิญ

immigration : dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง

overstay : stay in a country for longer than you are allowed to stay, not leaving when your visa to stay in the country ends -

visa : an official document or mark in your passport that allows you to enter or leave a country for a specific purpose or period of time - วีซ่า, เอกสารอนุมัติที่ประทับตราบนหนังสือเดินทาง

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