Russian MPs have voted to grant police and other security services the right to take control of UAVs remotely or shoot them down if they jeopardize the security of people and infrastructure.
If a drone is shot down by police and injures somebody on the ground “the state will, of course, provide all the needed help,” they said.The lawmakers said that 160,000 UAVs were purchased by Russians last year, almost doubling their numbers. The unsafe flights of such aircraft have also become more frequent.
Pilots involved in tackling the recent wildfires in Siberia have on many occasions complained about dangerous close encounters with quadcopters, launched by unknown people. “It’s by luck that it didn’t lead to tragic consequences,” MPs said.Last year, drones, which took to the skies illegally, were spotted above nuclear facilities, restricted cities, and other key infrastructure. Special permission is needed to launch a UAV weighing more than 250 grams, according to the Russian law.