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Two German tourists detained for Kremlin drone flight

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Two German tourists detained for Kremlin drone flight

/ 09:14 AM September 19, 2015

MOSCOW, Russia—Two German tourists were briefly detained in central Moscow after attempting to fly a drone over the Kremlin, a police spokesperson told AFP on Friday.

The tourists—a father and his son—were held by police after they launched a drone near one of the Kremlin’s iconic towers.

Police told AFP that the pair were released after being handed an unspecified fine.

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“You don’t go to prison for things like that,” police spokeswoman Anastasia Samorodova told AFP.

Violating airspace regulations in Russia can entail a fine of up to 5,000 rubles ($76).

Sightings of drones and other flying devices are becoming increasingly common at tourist attractions and sporting events around the globe.

A drone crashed at the US Open earlier this month, causing a match to be interrupted.

There was a similar incident at Wimbledon in July as some of the world’s top players warmed up for the Grand Slam in south-west London.

In April, an American anti-corruption activist was arrested after having landed a mini helicopter on the lawn of the US Capitol and piloting it through Washington’s no-fly zone, alarming national security.

Drones were also seen over several high-profile areas of Paris earlier this year when the city was on high alert after three gunmen killed 17 in January.

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