Ignorance of the Law Is Not an Excuse

by Olha Povaliaieva
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Ignorance of the Law Is Not an Excuse

Estonia confiscated a drone from a Russian at customs and handed it over to Ukraine

After the Russian attack on Ukraine, the countries of the European Union adopted a series of general sanctions that were applied to counter the aggression. Some countries have adopted private sanctions. For example, Estonia introduced a ban on the export of foreign currency and dual-use equipment/technologies from its territory for Russian citizens. However, apparently, not all Russians read the news.

On October 4, a Russian Federation citizen was detained at Estonia customs who planned to take 3 Dji mini drones to the territory of his homeland to transfer them to the Russian army further. This action was regarded as "participation or support for an act of aggression by a foreign state", the drones were seized and transferred to Ukraine for service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"Remember an Estonian-Russian dual citizen who tried to bring drones for the Russian army? Besides arresting him, the Estonian Internal Security Service withdrew drones the man have bought and donated them to the Ukrainian army," according to the Ukrainian Embassy in Estonia.

We remind you that at the end of September, Estonia broke customs cooperation with Russia. 

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