Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Alexander Khinshtein announced his intention today, March 28, to submit for consideration a bill that allows law enforcement agencies to stop the movement of any drones. Under current Russian law, the security forces can stop the work of only drones capable of moving through the air.
“According to our bill, law enforcement agencies (MVD, FSB, Russian Guard, FSO, SVR, FSIN, GUSP), as well as departmental security organizations, will have the right to stop the movement of drones in all areas: in the air, in water, on land. Given the current situation, this must be done as soon as possible,” the deputy wrote in Telegram-channel.
Alexander Khinshtein noted that at present this initiative is of “obvious” relevance. “Today, unmanned aerial vehicles of all types are actively used for combat and sabotage and terrorist purposes. Only the day before, for example, Sevastopol was again attacked by sea drones, ”the deputy said as a confirmation of his words.
In December 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law empowering law enforcement agencies to stop illegal drone flights, including shooting them down. In addition, agencies can disrupt the operation of drones by jamming or converting remote control signals, as well as influencing drone control panels.