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Russian kicked out of Boracay for ‘scandalous acts’

By Margaux Ortiz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:36:00 01/29/2008

Filed Under: Migration, Crime, Tourism

MANILA, Philippines -- A 21-year-old Russian woman has been arrested by immigration agents for alleged indecency and disruptive behavior on Boracay island and is set to be deported to her home country.

The island?s resort owners and law enforcers said Anna Lezhnina engaged in a series of scandalous acts during her stay in Boracay, Aklan.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Marcelino Libanan, who ordered the arrest, learned of Lezhnina's case when he visited Boracay last week to launch the bureau's nationwide information campaign on its new visa-issuance-made-simple (VIMS) project.

In a dialogue with resort owners during his visit, the complainants informed Libanan that Lezhnina was causing trouble on the island through her ?indecent acts and immoral activities.?

The resort owners said the young Russian woman, who was arrested five times by Boracay policemen for alarm and scandal, was staying on different parts of the island without any apparent means of income to support her stay in the world-renowned tourist spot.

?While we would like to encourage the arrival of more tourists in the country, we do not welcome undesirable foreigners whose presence here are inimical to peace and public morals,? Libanan declared.

The resort owners recounted to Libanan a number of disturbing instances involving the Russian woman. They recalled how Lezhnina slapped a man without provocation; spat and uttered defamatory words in front of police officers; pushed a Korean woman off the dance floor; spat on the faces of club bouncers; acted violently inside a police station cell; and took off her underwear and showed her private parts while flashing a dirty finger sign at the law enforcers.

A bartender also complained that a drunken Lezhnina grabbed the liquor bottle of a customer, spat at the latter's face and scratched his body.

In response to the complaints, Libanan issued a mission order against Lezhnina and dispatched members of the BI law enforcement division to apprehend the Russian.

Lezhnina is now detained at the Bicutan immigration detention center pending deportation proceedings.

Immigration spokesperson Floro Balato Jr. said the BI chief ordered the bureau's law and investigation division to secure the appropriate clearances from other law enforcement agencies that would facilitate the immediate deportation of Lezhnina to Russia.

Balato added that Lezhnina had been overstaying in the country at the time of her arrest. The Russian arrived in the Philippines as a tourist on February 21, 2007 and failed to extend her stay since her visa expired last September.



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