Man without a country pleads guilty to weapons charge in Calgary courtroom

A Calgary resident has pleaded guilty to a weapons offence his lawyer says he committed to try to get back to his homeland.

CALGARY — A Calgary resident has pleaded guilty to a weapons offence his lawyer says he committed to try to get back to his homeland.

Vladimir Shulakov is stuck in Canada because the country he once fled no longer exists. Two of the nations which had been part of the Soviet Union, Russia and Moldova, won’t recognize him.

Shulakov pleaded guilty Tuesday to using a firearm while uttering threats. His lawyer said it was Shulakov’s attempt to get recognition of his plight.

Court heard a 911 call from April 2007 in which Shulakov calls police asking for them to come with a TV news crew.

“I start kill if you don’t have TV right now,” he said in the call.

When officers arrested him, he was armed with two firearms.

Defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli said Shulakov, 57, has been without legal status since he came to Canada in September 1992. He had fled the Soviet Union when a civil war broke out in Moldova.

All attempts to deport him failed, Iovinelli explained, because neither Moldova nor Russia would accept his client back.

“To this day I remain a citizen of the USSR, a country that has ceased to exist,” Shulakov said.

He was handed a 12-month sentence.

Actor Tom Hanks appeared in a 2004 movie called “The Terminal” about an Eastern European, who arrives at JFK Airport in New York after war breaks out in his country. He is denied entrance to the United States because he no longer has a valid passport, but can’t be deported either, so he lives in the airport terminal.

Just Posted

Man from Olds killed in collision near Sundre

A 39-year-old man from Olds was killed in a collision near Sundre… Continue reading

Tips to keep crime at bay this Christmas

’Tis the season for joy and celebration, but the Christmas season can… Continue reading

Olympic ski run designer creates upgrades at Canyon Ski Resort

Jeff Ihaksi says free-style and alpine ski venues are Canada Winter Games-worthy

Updated: Collision expert backs version of crash of driver accused of manslaughter

Daniel Newsham accused of manslaughter in fatal 2016 collision

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

‘It’s what we do’: Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veteran’s stolen guitar

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two famous Newfoundlanders stepped in to help an… Continue reading

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit blames media coverage for recruiting troubles

MONTREAL — Seven years after it was created, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit is… Continue reading

Former PQ cabinet minister poised to become next Bloc Quebecois leader

MONTREAL — It appears likely that Yves-Francois Blanchet, a former Parti Quebecois… Continue reading

J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media… Continue reading

Police want direct talk with missing Colorado woman’s fiance

DENVER — An official leading the search for a missing Colorado woman… Continue reading

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

WASHINGTON — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was… Continue reading

Tkachuk’s goal in 3rd gives Flames 2-1 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal midway through… Continue reading

Women use scent to lure wolf-dog that ran away from Calgary airport

EDMONTON — A woman from Alberta is thanking an unconventional strategy for… Continue reading

Most Read