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47-year-old Andrey Yakunin, the son of the ex-head of Russian Railways, was illegally filming with a drone in Svalbard. He was taken into custody for 2 weeks.

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Norwegian police in the Finnmark region arrested 47-year-old Andrey Yakunin, the son of a longtime friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Yakunin, who previously headed the Russian Railways (RZD). A man is accused of illegal filming with a drone in Svalbard. This is stated in the article by the Barents Observer.

Yakunin's arrest took place on Monday 17 October. The next day, the judge ordered the man to be taken into custody for two weeks at the request of the police.

“This man has Russian and British citizenship and is accused of violating the Sanctions Act for launching a drone on Norwegian territory in Svalbard,” they said published by the Norwegian Prosecutor's Office.

During the court session, Yakunin stated that he should be considered a British citizen and that he permanently resides not in the territory of the Russian Federation, but in Italy. On board the sailing yacht Firebird, owned by a man, a Russian passport was found. Investigators have seized the drone and are examining the recordings made using the device.

The publication notes that the defendant himself made headlines earlier this year when he publicly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, adding that he never voted for Volodymyr Putin.

The publication also states that, due to sanctions, citizens of the Russian Federation are not allowed to fly in Norwegian airspace, including on the island of Svalbard and in the sea area 12 nautical miles from land.

Note that the journalists of the publication are not indicated the name of the accused, but Andrei Yakunin himself publicly stated that the Firebird yacht belongs to him. The information that it was the son of the ex-head of Russian Railways who was arrested was also reported by the AFP agency.

Andrey Yakunin's arrest comes just days after six other Russian citizens were arrested for filming with a drone: four in Mosjöen, one in Tromso and one in Kirkenes.

Andrey Yakunin: what is known about his son friend of Putin

According to journalists, Andrei Yakunin received British citizenship in 2015, and he also owns two mansions in Britain. The media reported that Yakunin Jr. owns a golf club and a castle in the Italian province of Perugia.

Journalists estimated Andrey Yakunin's fortune in 2020 at 20.4 billion rubles (about UAH 12 billion at the exchange rate). His assets are primarily associated with Russian Railways, noted Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

After the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine and the inclusion of his father, Vladimir Yakunin, on the UK sanctions list, Andrey Yakunin condemned the actions of the Kremlin in an interview and said that ” never voted for Putin and his party.”

Meanwhile, the FBI expects that Russian officials may cooperate with the West for asylum in the United States amid the ongoing full-scale war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.