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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

Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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