Wanted Russian pedophile Stanislav Molodyakov brushed aside questions from reporters yesterday evening after being spotted buying groceries at Phnom Penh’s Pencil Supermarket in Daun Penh district.
Since his release from Preah Sihanouk Provincial Prison in December, police have repeatedly stated that they have no information about the whereabouts of Molodyakov, also known as Alexander Trofimov, and have speculated that he had left the country.
Approached by reporters, Molodyakov, who is wanted by Interpol for the 2004 rape of six Russian girls aged 9 and 10, denied he was Molodyakov, Trofimov or even Russian.
Asked whether he planed to leave the country, Molodyakov, who was released from prison after serving only four years of an eight-year sentence for the sexual abuse of 15 underage Cambodian girls, said: “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
A visibly angry Molodyakov declined to answer further questions before entering his white Lexus SUV, which sported Sihanoukville license plates, and sped off towards Monivong Boulevard.
“We don’t understand why he isn’t being deported,” said Thierry Darnaudet, president of anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants. “I don’t understand what the Cambodian government has to lose by doing so.”
Before his arrest, Molodyakov was the executive director of Koh Puos Investment Group, which is developing a $300-million resort on Snake Island off the coast of Sihanoukville.
Preah Sihanouk deputy provincial police chief Chor Heng claimed yesterday that police in the coastal town are still on alert for Molodyakov, whom he said was considered dangerous.
“We are cautious about his case. A guy with such an attitude hardly readjusts himself,” he said.
Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, declined to comment on case and referred questions to the Interior Ministry, which could not be reached.