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Russian pair held for offensive photos at Angkor Wat

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The Russians temporarily detained for taking inappropriate photos at Angkor Wat. National Police

The Heritage Protection Police at Angkor Wat detained two Russians for taking photos in “sexy clothes” at Preah Khan temple in the Angkor Archaeological Complex, Siem Reap province.  They were released after a short while.

According to Heritage Protection Police, Sergei Bratskii, 25 and Verginiya Stanislaven Ko, 34, were detained for a short period after photos were taken of the scantily clad Ms Ko by Mr Bratskii.  The police seized their memory card and have them sign an affidavit in which they agreed to no longer pursue such activity.

The Apsara authority finds that using the temple complex as alocation for “sexy” or lewd photos, for non-approved wedding photos, or for flying drones is inappropriate.  Such behaviour disrespects the cultural and historical significance of Angkor Wat, and is insulting to the Kingdom’s morality and sense of honor.

The authority’s spokesman, Long Kosal, said that Cambodian government has adopted the Agkor Visitor Code of Conduct and its seven points should be followed ad they are evident to tourists with common sense and respect for heritage and religion.

“The [APSARA] authority plans to increase its dissemination of the code of conduct to ensure that offences are no longer repeated. “

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