In Albania, a well-known Russian blogger Lana Sator was detained near an idle military plant; she has been exploring abandoned bunkers, fortifications, factory ruins and rusted armored vehicles warehouses since 2007. According to the Ministry of Defense of Albania, a total of three people were detained – two Russians and a Ukrainian citizen. One of them sprayed a “nerve spray” in the direction of the guards. “Mediazon” collected all that is known about this incident.

On the evening of August 20, three people were detained in Albania: a Russian who entered a military factory near Gramsci, and two acquaintances who were waiting outside the fence. According to the country’s prime minister, they were suspected of espionage. It soon emerged that the two detainees were well-known diggers and photographers: Svetlana Timofeeva, aka Lana Sator, and Mikhail Zorin.

The Ministry of Defense of Albania informed that 24-year-old Mikhail Zorin, 33-year-old Svetlana Timofeeva and 25-year-old Ukrainian F. A. were detained on August 20 at about 5:40 p.m. The agency claimed that Mikhail Zorin “entered the [factory] territory and tried to take pictures. When the guards tried to grab him, he “sprayed two soldiers with nerve spray.” Svetlana Timofeeva and F.A. were detained near the plant in a Chevrolet car. All three were taken to the police station.

The two injured servicemen were taken to a hospital in the capital city. The local newspaper Express published photos of them in the hospital with gauze over their eyes. In the photos published soon in the Facebook of the Ministry of Defense of Albania, they were sitting on a bed without any traces of injuries on their faces.