Rus­sian cit­i­zen held for fly­ing drone over Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - LETA/TBT Staff

Mil­i­tary po­lice have de­tained a Rus­sian cit­i­zen for fly­ing an un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle, or drone, over the Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry build­ing, Cap­tain San­dra Brale, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the De­fence Min­istry, said.

The Rus­sian cit­i­zen has been turned over to the State Po­lice.

The Lat­vian Civil Avi­a­tion Agency will have to de­cide on the fur­ther course of ac­tion. The of­fense car­ries a fine from EUR 150 to EUR 700.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the De­fence Min­istry said that the in­ci­dent was con­sid­ered as in­ten­tional film­ing which is why the Rus­sian had been de­tained but would not dis­close any de­tails, say­ing that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion still con­tin­ued.

The State Po­lice said the Rus­sian had been film­ing the Lat­vian Na­tional Mu­seum of Art and the me­dieval Old Town sit­u­ated not far from the De­fence Min­istry and had not been aware of the ban on drone film­ing of the De­fence Min­istry build­ing. By now the man had been re­leased but faces ad­min­is­tra­tive charges.

On July 4, the gov­ern­ment ap­proved leg­isla­tive amend­ments to ban fly­ing drones near the Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry build­ing. Un­der the amended reg­u­la­tions drones have to keep a dis­tance of at least 50 me­ters from the min­istry build­ing.

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