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New Pulkovo Laser Attack

Published: September 14, 2013 (Issue # 1777)



  • The number of laser attacks on planes in Russia is rising every year.
    Photo: Dmitry Avdeev / Wikimedia Commons

The pilots of a Canadian aircraft in the area of Pulkovo airport were temporarily blinded with a laser on Saturday, Interfax reported.

A message regarding the incident was sent by the pilot of Airbus-310, who said that someone using a green laser from a distance of about 50 kilometers had pointed it towards the aircraft. Despite the laser attack, the crew decided to continue the flight.

The anonymous source told Interfax that the aircraft belonged to the Canadian Armed Forces. However, Interfax did not have official confirmation of this information.

August saw a spate of similar attacks in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, including five reported incidents in one week. While laser pointers being directed at planes has become an ever-increasing problem in other countries, Russia is also becoming an unwilling member of this trend, with the number of attacks in Russia rising every year after only five attacks were reported in 2010.

Republic of Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov went as far as to ban the sale of laser pointers in July 2011 after a plane was attacked while descending into Grozny. The Russian Premier League, the country’s professional soccer league, also banned laser pointers from stadiums after fans used them in an attempt to blind goalkeepers.

The lower Duma will review a bill this fall that proposes a maximum punishment of seven years in prison for shining a laser beam at an airplane.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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