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The Dangers of Owning Analogue Spy Cameras

It would be safe to assume that we would never think that our life would be in danger because of analogue cameras. In the sad case of Alexandr Komarov, apparently not!

Who would have thought possessing an alaogue camera would be illegal and a jailable offense? Ukranian camera collector Alexandr Komarov was recently arrested for possessing Soviet spy cameras and faces up to 7 years in prison for the “crime”.

Photo from USSR Photo

Apparently, Komarov was in the possession of 2 F-21 cameras, a Soviet-era half-frame camera designed specifically to shoot in a concealed manner. The Criminal Code of Ukraine for some reason, continues to classify them as illegal items and a means of espionage. What makes these strange turn of events all the more stranger is that the F-21 is pretty much identical to the Zenit MF-1, which we actually have for sale in the online shop.

Talk about a bum rap, eh? Here’s to hoping that he dodges the charge and that the absurd and outdated law gets repealed!

The Zenit MF-1

Information for this article was sourced from Petapixel

written by cruzron

7 comments

  1. segata

    segata

    I remember reading an article on this a little while ago, its sad that they didnt really even think about the circumstances of this before even arresting him, he was a known collector and dealer of Cameras and the Camera in question is actually not as invisible as a regular old smartphone is now, it would be quite mad to use it for spying, hopefully the court sees sense before they imprison a man for nothing more than enjoying a perfectly normal hobby. Nice article.

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  2. bsdunek

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    Amazing, the stupid laws politicians make. Just make honest people criminals and criminals get away with anything they want.
    Yes, I hope he beats this.

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