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Norway police arrest Russian for flying drone amid heightened security

Norway police arrested a Russian citizen at Tromsoe airport and charged him for flying a drone. This was the second such arrest within a week.

The 51-year-old man was arrested by police and large amounts of photographic equipment were seized. He previously admitted that he had flown a drone in Norway.

Under sanctions laws, Russian citizens and businesses are not allowed to fly an aircraft in Norway.

Jacob Bergh, a police prosecution, stated that photos from Kirkenes Airport and images of the Bell helicopter used in defense forces were among the material confiscated.


Bergh claimed that the Norwegian Police Security Service, (PST), was also involved.

Police say that the man has been held by officers for four weeks.

Police say that the accused claimed that he entered Norway via the Storskog northern border on Thursday. The accused was then heading towards Svalbard, an arctic archipelago.


This is the second arrest made by a Russian citizen for flying drones in Norway. After an initial arrest at Storskog’s border crossing, a third man was taken into custody for a period of two weeks.

Norway has raised its alertness in the wake of drone sightings near oil and gas infrastructures and 26 September leaks at Nord Stream gas pipeline, Baltic Sea.

Norway has become Europe’s largest gas supplier after a dramatic fall in Russian flow.

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