Russian woman detained in Uzbekistan due to drone returns home

Russian citizen Polina Ermakova, detained in Uzbekistan because of a drone, has returned to her homeland. Human rights activist Maria Butina spoke about this on her Telegram channel.

As Butina recalled, a Russian traveler was detained in Uzbekistan after a drone was found in her possession. According to her, the girl’s aircraft was found at the station while passing a metal detector when she was about to go from Tashkent to Bukhara.

It is noteworthy that two days before the incident, a Russian woman crossed the border of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan with this drone , there were no claims against it from the Uzbek side then. Polina Ermakova turned to the Russian embassy for help, as she was threatened with a real prison sentence in Uzbekistan. 

The human rights activist drew attention to the fact that the girl was provided with free legal advice, the Committee on CIS Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation joined in resolving the issue , Russian Foreign Ministry. After a note was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the criminal case was dropped. 

Recall that Ermakova was detained on May 17 in Uzbekistan for importing a drone into the country. He was discovered by police officers who examined the traveler's belongings when boarding a train in Bukhara. Under Uzbek law, UAVs are subject to mandatory registration upon entry into the country. For violation of these rules, the detained travel blogger was threatened with up to three years in prison. 

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