Otres Beach Murder Remains Unsolved & Killer Still at Large

When Denis Goncharov’s butchered body was discovered floating in a shallow ditch some 400m from Sihanoukville’s popular Otres Beach on July 19 2015, police quickly identified their prime suspect – the man’s best friend and business partner, Dmitry Sidorov. The details of this horrific killing shocked the coastal community that was already reeling from a recent surge in violent crime and unrest linked to feuding Russian gangs. Goncharov had been the victim of a frenzied knife attack that allegedly began while he was still riding his motorcycle. Police allege that the attacker was his passenger, and began knifing him as they travelled together.

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Would the U.S. State Department cover up a bar fight involving an embassy staffer at Golden Sorya Mall?

There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks about press freedom in Cambodia and the troubling lack of transparency from Cambodia’s ruling elite. The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh recently issued a statement condemning Cambodian authorities for abruptly shutting down the National Democratic Institute, an NGO committed to government…

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Mekong Shadows

In 2012, a collection of short stories called ‘Phnom Penh Noir’ was released, edited by the highly talented Christopher G. Moore, author of the Vincent Calvino series of books (as well as some very cerebral essays on a number of topics and a few insightful non-fiction books too). Moore has…

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Solo Man Mark Coutelas arrested on ice charges

From being a familiar face on Australian television, to chiropractor, to drugs busts in Sihanoukville – it’s a pretty steep decline over a couple of decades.  The star of the iconic Australian tv commercials for soft drink Solo, Mark Coutelas, 57, has been arrested by military police in his Sihanoukville guesthouse on…

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2016 – The Khmer440 year in review

  2016 has been a hell of a year, with the underdog, the anti-establishment figures and the disaffected finding themselves the people’s champions. Whether it was Leicester City winning the EPL, or the Chicago Cubs winning something in American cricket, or plucky Scotsman Andy Murray winning Olympic gold and #tennisplayerofourhearts, sporting history books…

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Is Eric David Erdmann a falsely accused victim of mistaken identity, or a lying fugitive child sex offender?

In late March, a new Khmer440 poster with the username “sniper_m4” started a topic in our discussion forums about “Being Followed.” Sniper_m4 expressed concern that a tuk tuk driver recently told his wife that he was being followed by Actions pour les Enfants (“APLE”), a well known pedophile-hunting, child protection NGO.

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