Farmer plants explosive deterrent
A farmer in Russia's Far East has been handed a suspended prison sentence for planting explosives in his field to ward off potato thieves.
The RIA Novosti news agency said 73-year-old Alexander Skopintsev made three tripwire-tethered explosives loaded with salt to ward off trespassers after several spud-snatchings in June 2009.
A neighbour suffered a lip injury after triggering one of the devices at the farm in the Primorye region.
The news agency said Skopintsev pleaded guilty to the illegal storage and production of explosives, but complained that the neighbour should not have been on his land.