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Robot arrested by Russian police at political rally in Moscow - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Robot arrested by Russian police at political rally in Moscow

Updated September 17, 2016 10:24:08

A robot has been detained by police at a political rally in Moscow, with authorities attempting to handcuff the machine.

The rally was for Valery Kalachev, a candidate for the Russian Parliament, who had rented the robot for his campaign.

Police have not confirmed why they detained the machine named Promobot, but local media was reporting the company behind the robot said police were called because it was "recording voters' opinions on [a] variety of topics for further processing and analysis by the candidate's team".

A Promobot representative suggested it was detained because "perhaps this action wasn't authorised".

Mr Kalachev has featured the robot at previous campaign stops.

A different Promobot model made headlines in June when it made two breaks for freedom from a scientific research lab in Moscow.

The robot was being taught to move around on its own when a worker reportedly left a gate open.

Promobot travelled to a nearby street, stopping when its battery ran out, the BBC reported.

Topics: robots-and-artificial-intelligence, science-and-technology, world-politics, political-parties, russian-federation

First posted September 17, 2016 10:22:13

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