Moscow - Russia's interior ministry plans to spend up to 120 million rubles (around $4 million) on eight unmanned aerial vehicles.
The ministry said it would also require vans and radios to operate the drones, according to a tender document posted on government purchasing agency website zakupki.gov.ru.
The vehicles are to be deployed in the southern Stavropol, Astrakhan and Dagestan regions, as well as in the Far Eastern Amur region.
They are designed to monitor "infrastructure objects" and "mass public events".
They will also be used in search and rescue operations and border patrols.