Why Eastern Europe’s Anti-Corruption Fighters Love Drones
They’ve got an eye in the sky. Activists across the former Soviet Union have found a low-tech way to expose corrupt rulers — by flying drones over lavish properties owned by officials who allegedly earn meager salaries. Footage of vacation homes suspected of belonging to Russian President Vladimir Putin and a palatial property allegedly owned by Taron Margaryan, mayor of the Armenian capital Yerevan, have fueled local protests. But while finding evidence of graft from above is getting easier, converting it to legal action often remains a struggle.