Indonesia. Russian influencer kicked out of Bali for party despite virus

A Russian influencer, followed by millions of subscribers, has been kicked out of Bali for throwing a party despite health regulations and violating his visa conditions, authorities on the Indonesian island said.

Sergei Kosenko, who posted videos of his exploits and his “dream life” in Bali during the pandemic, was put on a plane Sunday by immigration authorities. He is prohibited from returning to the island for at least six months.

“Here there is no legality”

The 33-year-old Russian, who has nearly five million followers on his Instagram account, had already been talked about in Indonesia when he posted a spectacular video in December. In this video that went viral, we saw him launching into the ocean while riding a motorbike on a pontoon with a friend before falling into the water, including the vehicle.

But it was after another video showing an unbridled party in a hotel in January that the immigration authorities sanctioned him for not respecting health rules.
Authorities also accused him of violating the conditions of his “visitor” visa by engaging in professional activities.

Sergei Kosenko left Jakarta for Moscow via Dubai on Sunday evening, according to immigration authorities. The Russian, originally from Smolensk (western Russia), described his expulsion as “scandalous” on his blog. “If in Russia the law is not always what it should be, here there is no legality,” denounced the influencer on his blog. “Here there is no presumption of innocence, we expel you”.

An American couple was also kicked out of Bali last week after a series of “disturbing” tweets touting the low cost of living and describing the island as a gay paradise.

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