A Lithuanian drone that Russia detained over its soil two weeks ago was not on a spy mission after all, Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Friday. Instead, it was smuggling cigarettes.
The homemade drone aircraft was carrying boxes with up to 10 kilograms of tobacco stuck to it with sticky tape. The FSB estimated that the body of the drone cost about 300 rubles (less than US$10).
The amateur drone with a four-meter wingspan rose to an altitude of up to 2,000 meters and dropped the smuggled cigarettes in a designated area.