Attention Russian drone enthusiasts! We have some juicy news for you! Aliexpress has recently decided to block your access to DJI and Autel drones, leaving you unable to purchase these high-flying devices. While you can still see the product cards in your search results, attempting to click on them will result in an error message stating that the page does not exist.
But wait, there’s more! If you were lucky enough to purchase a DJI drone before this blockade, you’ll now face restrictions on its functionality. DJI has even gone so far as to remove the app for controlling their devices from the Russian App Store. And when confronted with complaints from Russian customers, a company representative coldly stated that they do not offer their services to Russians or anyone involved in military activity.
This all begs the question: why is there such a sudden crackdown on drones in Russia? Well, the former chief of staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Yuri Blue-sky, pointed out in his book “Alien Wars – New Paradigm” that Chinese commercial quadcopters have revolutionized traditional artillery by providing a more efficient and accurate means of targeting. And wouldn’t you know it, the DJI Mavic has become a symbol of modern warfare.
In fact, the governor of the Primorsky Krai, Oleg Kozhemyako, has banned the use of drones in his territory, including those owned by individuals and some legal entities. Only government agencies, organizations under their jurisdiction, and organizations executing state defense orders are allowed to use drones. What’s next, banning birds from the sky?
But don’t worry, there’s always a silver lining. With the increasing restrictions on drones, there’s sure to be a rise in creative and ingenious ways to achieve aerial shots and reconnaissance. Who needs a DJI Mavic when you can strap a camera to a seagull? Let your imagination soar (pun intended) and embrace the new challenges that come with this blockade.
In summary, Russia’s drone market has hit a bit of turbulence lately, but fear not, the sky’s the limit (except for drones owned by individuals). Keep your eyes peeled for new and innovative ways to capture stunning footage from above. And who knows, maybe someday we’ll look back on this blockade and laugh, just like we do with Blockbuster Video.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to go track down some seagulls with cameras.