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Island focus: Tourist waylaid over hammer-and-sickle shirt

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 3 2017   /  12:16 am

A Russian national was accosted by a group of locals while on holiday in Batam, Riau Islands, on Saturday, for wearing a T-shirt displaying communist symbols.

Igor Riabchuk was approached by members of an organization calling themselves the Children of the Red Beret Command (AKBM) while he was walking in Batam’s Nagoya. The group said the 49-year-old man had violated the law by wearing a T-shirt bearing a hammer-and-sickle logo, a symbol of communism.

Riabchuk, who cannot speak English or Indonesian, could not understand them, but did not resist when they took him to the police station.

Riau Islands Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Saptono Erlangga told The Jakarta Post that the police decided to hold him for a while for his own safety.

“He can only speak Russian so he didn’t understand why these people approached him,” said Saptono.

Saptono said th...