Russian MPs have voted to grant police and other security services the right to take control of UAVs remotely or shoot them down if they jeopardize the security of people and infrastructure.

The measure is intended to protect critical infrastructure such as energy, transport, and communications facilities, and protect citizens during mass events, as well as ensuring discretion during anti-terrorist operations and investigative activities.

The legislation, which was passed by the State Duma in the first reading on Wednesday, doesn’t include any new bans or limitations on the use of drones by civilians, its authors clarified. “Our aim is to make the mass operation of UAVs as safe as possible and settle all legal issues regarding it.”

If a drone is shot down by police and injures somebody on the ground “the state will, of course, provide all the needed help,” they said. (RT)