Russians seek answers to GPS anomaly in Moscow

October 24, 2016  - By
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Mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in Moscow, Russia, according to the Associated Press.

According to research by programmer Grigory Bakunov, who works for Russian internet firm Yandex, a system for blocking GPS was located inside the Kremlin.

GPS users in central Moscow have been complaining on social media that when they are near the Kremlin, their GPS apps stop working or show them to be in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, which is 18 miles away, which suggests the purpose of the disruption may be to prevent drones flying over the Kremlin.

Runners in September’s Moscow marathon also complained that their jogging apps lost track of how far they had run when they passed the Kremlin.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday he did not know why the malfunction was occurring.

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2 Comments on "Russians seek answers to GPS anomaly in Moscow"

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  1. William K. says:

    So the representative “knows nothing about it”, which is exactly what he has been told to say. AND, perhaps he really does not know, that information being on a “need to know” basis and he does not need to know. The proof is in the evidence, not in the words spoken.
    And if they simply desire to keep drones from flying over the kremlin, that is not a very good method, since inertial guidance technology hs been around for well over 50 years, and it does not need GPS. But that would involve a bit of engineering to add it to a current store-bought drone.

    • SergeP says:

      Does your comment suggests that such an anomaly does not happen in the vicinity of the White House since flying drones accurately over this place, or over the Pentagon for instance, can be done using another technology than the enabled GPS one ?