The Holugaland Court of Appeal in Norway released businessman Andrey Yakunin, the son of the former head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin, from arrest. This was announced on October 27 by the NRK television and radio company.
Yakunin was detained for illegally launching a drone in the Svalbard region and arrested on October 18. He insisted that he was using the drone exclusively for recreation: taking pictures of landscapes, checking weather conditions, and not doing anything that was at odds with the law.
The businessman’s lawyers pointed out that there is no clear definition of “aircraft” in the legislation. Accordingly, the ban on the operation of Russian ships in the Norwegian sky does not apply to them, provided that the drones are used for entertainment purposes. The appeal emphasizes that Yakunin has dual citizenship, he is in the country as a British citizen, there is practically no connection with Russia, writes RBC.
Moreover, Svalbard is part of Norway, but in a special position: it is assumed that persecution under the law based on nationality cannot take place on the island.
The Court of Appeal agreed that the drone Yakunin launched was not a sanctioned aircraft, according to NRK.