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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.





 


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Wednesday, Apr. 16


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Today marks the beginning of IPhEB and CPhI Russia 2014, an international forum for the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology that will be at LenExpo today and tomorrow. Those both already established in the industries and hoping to start a career are encouraged to attend and network with their colleagues.


Thursday, Apr. 17


Expocenter Eurasia at 13 Ulitsa Kapitan Voronin is the sight of Goods on the Way, a five-day event starting today showcasing the latest in the industrial products industry. Bags, backpacks, swimsuits and much, much more will be available to attendees hoping to update not only their style but their accessories for the upcoming summer.


Friday, Apr. 18


Teachers and students alike shouldn’t miss the opportunity to establish lasting contacts with Russian and foreign institutions during the 21st Education and Career Fair at LenExpo, beginning today and finishing tomorrow. Learn more about education in Russia and connect with your fellow scholars.


The Tromso International Film Festival, Norway’s largest, brings a short festival to St. Petersburg for one day only during Scandinavian Oddities, starting at 7 p.m. today at Rodina Cinema Center. Tickets for the event are 100 rubles ($2.80).


Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


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Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBA’s Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


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