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After traveling to Moscow from its home in Perm (this time accompanied by technicians), Promobot attended a rally for Russian Parliament candidate Valery Kalachev. According to a spokesperson for the company, it was collecting voter opinions “for further processing and analysis by the candidate’s team.” It is believed that someone reported this suspicious activity to police and they quickly arrived on the scene.
“Police asked to remove the robot away from the crowded area, and even tried to handcuff him,” the Promobot spokesperson told Inverse, adding that the robot did not “put up any resistance.”
Before its arrest last Wednesday, the Promobot was busy "recording voters' opinions on [a] variety of topics for further processing and analysis by the candidate's team", a company spokesperson told Nathaniel Mott at Inverse.
While that might sound like some fairly harmless (and not particularly unlawful) activity, it seems to have been enough to raise the ire of local authorities, who moved in to apprehend the robotic troublemaker.