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Suspect Detained in Laser Attacks

Published: June 29, 2011 (Issue # 1663)


MOSCOW Asuspect has been detained onsuspicion ofblinding pilots ofpassenger airplanes with laser beams near theRostov-on-Don airport, police spokesman Alexei Polyansky said Monday.

Polyansky did not identify thesuspect, but Interfax said he was 22 andhad denied blinding anyone. He was released shortly after his detention Sunday, andthe case remains under investigation, Interfax said.

Thepolice received atip fromresidents who saw theman shining alaser beam toward theRostov-on-Don airport, thereport said.

Five laser attacks, one ofwhich targeted apolice helicopter, have been registered inRostov-on-Don this month, with thelast two occurring Thursday night, Polyansky said bytelephone.

Polyansky said punishment inthese types ofcases depended onthe motive. He could not say exactly what kind ofpunishment would await anyone who blinded pilots onpurpose, adding that acourt would have todecide that.

Since January, thenumber ofregistered incidents across Russia has reached 45, compared with thefive reports in2010, Federal Air Transportation Agency spokesman Sergei Izvolsky said bytelephone.

Most ofthe incidents occurred inRostov-on-Don andMoscows Sheremetyevo andVnukovo airports.

Though none ofthe reported incidents ended badly, laser beam attacks are agrowing concern forthe Federal Air Transportation Agency.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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