Wanted by Interpol, But Still in Sihanoukville, Child Protection Group Claims

Sihanoukville – Despite a standing request by Russia for his extradition, wanted Russian pedophile Stanislav Molodyakov continues to reside and do business in Sihanoukville, child protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) claimed yesterday.

APLE Country Director Samnang Seila said that Molodyakov, also known as Alexander Trofimov, had even approached and spoken to one of his former victims just last week.

“[The victims] seem so traumatized to see him moving freely around their community in Sihanoukville,” Mr. Seila said, adding that the victims who had helped to prosecute Molodyakov wondered why he had not been extradited, and why he had returned to Sihanoukville.

Molodyakov was released from prison in December after serving only four years of an eight-year sentence for sexually abusing 15 underage girls. The Russian national is still wanted by Interpol for the rape in Moscow in 2004 of six nine- and 10-year-old Russian girls.

Before his arrest, Molodyakov was the executive director of Koh Puos Investment Group, the firm developing a $300 million tourist resort on Snake Island just off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Despite APLE’s report of Molodyakov being sighted around the coastal town, Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief Tak Vantha said the Russian’s whereabouts are still unknown.

“I don’t have documents from him since he was released from jail,” said Mr. Vantha. “We still keep our eyes out for him.”

Sangkat III commune police chief Khieu Vantha also said that he had no information about Molodyakov.

“I have been looking for him, but I have not found him. He has never wanted to talk to me. He only talks to the higher police officials,” said Mr. Vantha.

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