A 54-year-old Russian, Mr Sergey Bykov, who was given shelter at a Pattaya Temple as he was homeless and impecunious, appears to have committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree.
Police were called to the Gratin Tong Temple in Jomtien on Saturday morning and were directed to an area of woodland just beyond the temple boundary where they discovered the lifeless body of Mr Sergey Bykov.
The body was taken to the morgue as monks explained that the man had been living at the temple for the last three days. He claimed he was homeless and broke, following a relationship with a woman from Buriram province.
Mr Sergey Bykov had told the monks that after working hard in Moscow, he had saved the equivalent of 600,000 Baht for a trip to Thailand. When he arrived, he met the woman and the couple spent all of his savings. He arrived at the temple with only 400 Baht in his pocket and his passport.
The monks were told that Mr Sergey Bykov was keen to track down his former girlfriend for one last meeting before he returned to Moscow, but instead he was discovered by monks on Saturday morning after he is thought to have committed suicide before daybreak.
The Russian Embassy in Bangkok has been informed and police are waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination before they close the case, which has been initially recorded as a suicide.
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