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US Sanctions Yakuza Boss Living in Cambodia

The U.S. Treasury has frozen the assets of former Japanese yakuza boss and longtime Cambodia resident Tadamasa Goto in an effort to suppress the criminal network’s global dealings. A senior Cambodian police official, meanwhile, said the government would attempt to track him down.

US Pedophile, 81, Jailed for Siem Reap Abuses

A U.S. federal court on Tuesday sentenced an 81-year-old American serial pedophile to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing two Cambodian boys at his house in Siem Reap City more than six years ago, according to a child protection group.

Fugitive Ex-Governor Turns Himself In to Police

Chhouk Bundith, the former Bavet City governor who shot three factory workers in 2012, turned himself in to police in Phnom Penh on Saturday morning after more than two years on the run and has begun serving his 18-month prison sentence, officials said.

Bundith Arrested in Phnom Penh After Turning Himself In

Chhouk Bundith, the former governor of Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City who shot three garment workers in 2012, turned himself in to police in Phnom Penh on Saturday morning after more than two years on the run, according to National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith.

Pedophile Molodyakov Guilty in Russia

Russian serial pedophile Stanislav Molodyakov—who preyed on Cambodian street children for years before he was deported to his home country in 2012—has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for raping dozens of schoolgirls, according to Russian media.

Polonsky’s Island Placed Under Navy’s Control

The Cambodian navy on Monday formally took control of Koh Damlong, a remote island that was slated to become the crown jewel of Sergei Polonsky’s offshore tourism project before the Russian developer was deported to Moscow to stand trial on serious fraud charges, officials said Tuesday.

Bond Star Says Cambodia Trip Inspired Mine Work

The U.N. on Tuesday appointed James Bond actor Daniel Craig as the organization’s first Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards at a ceremony in Geneva, where the 47-year-old said he became involved in mine-awareness work after filming in an area of Cambodia that had not been cleared of unexploded ordnance.

Doroshenko Jailed on Fraud Charges in S’ville

Russian businessman Nikolai Doroshenko was imprisoned Wednesday evening after being arrested in Sihanoukville for failing to appear in court to be questioned over fraud charges related to a dispute with his rival, fugitive developer Sergei Polonsky.

Ukrainian Politician Sought for Rape in Cambodia

A Ukrainian member of parliament and former television executive is being sought by Cambodian authorities for allegedly raping a minor in Phnom Penh in 2011 and has been placed on Interpol’s list of most-wanted criminals.

Russia Eyes Polonsky With Extradition Treaty

Russia and Cambodia are in the final stages of drafting an extradition treaty that would clear the way for Moscow to have fugitive developer Sergei Polonsky sent home to face multimillion-dollar embezzlement charges, Russian media reported Wednesday.

Campaign Aims to Boost Adult Literacy

Unesco and the Ministry of Education on Monday launched a two-month joint campaign to raise the adult literacy rate to 84.4 percent by the end of the year by airing television and radio spots to encourage enrollment in after-school literacy classes.

Russian Businessman Doroshenko Not in Hiding, Son Says

The son of Russian businessman Nikolai Doroshenko on Tuesday denied that his father was in hiding to avoid charges related to a dispute with his archrival, fugitive oligarch Sergei Polonsky, over four islands off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Doroshenko Charged Over Island Dispute

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court has ordered that Russian businessman Nikolai Doroshenko be detained for failing to hand over investment licenses for four islands off the coast of Sihanoukville to fugitive oligarch Sergei Polonsky.

Paradise Found

A cheery Slavic staccato drifted across the turquoise sea and was swallowed by the mangroves blanketing this remote Cambodian island.

Court Orders Polonsky to Vacate Private Island

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court has ordered fugitive Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky to vacate his home on Koh Dek Koul, a tiny private island off the coast of Sihanoukville, in response to a request to the court by his rival, Nikolai Doroshenko.

Oligarch Fires Back at Rival Over Accusations

Fugitive Russian oligarch Sergei Polonksy has filed a complaint with the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court accusing his former business partner, Nikolai Doroshenko, of defamation for accusing him of being behind an attack on his son in Sihanoukville last week.

Russian Businessman Blames Fugitive Oligarch for Attack on Son

Russian businessman Nikolai Doroshenko has accused his longtime rival, fugitive oligarch Sergei Polonsky, of ordering a hit on him following a brutal attack on his son in Sihanoukville on Thursday—which he says was meant for him.

ADB Loans Gov’t $30M to Train Women for Jobs

The Asian Development Bank will provide Cambodia with $30 million in loans for a five-year program designed to improve job training and employment prospects for women and poor people in the country, a statement released by the ADB on Friday says.

Court Denies Suspension of Extradition Case

Officials at the Court of Appeal on Sunday said they would rule on Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky’s extradition to Moscow as planned, refuting claims by the ex-billionaire’s lawyer last week that the case had been suspended.

Anniversary of Solidarity Front Marked With Musical Extravaganza

Thousands of young Cambodians streamed into Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday afternoon to attend a concert celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland on Monday.