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Russian Santa Claus to be tracked via GLONASS satnav system

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Father Frost, Russia's Santa Claus, received on Thursday a staff featuring a GLONASS satellite navigation system so he can be tracked on his New Year's gift-giving journey.

Father Frost, Russia's Santa Claus, received on Thursday a staff featuring a GLONASS satellite navigation system so he can be tracked on his New Year's gift-giving journey.

The system will transmit Father Frost's coordinates to a special center, which will publish them on the internet so that everyone can follow his progress on his traditional New Year voyage.

"Technical innovations have become an essential part of modern life. Therefore, Father Frost has mastered computer skills, receives e-mails from children, has blogs in social networks and uses a cell phone to communicate with other magicians," said Ivan Nechayev, the executive director of the Russian Navigation Technologies company, which presented the staff.

The GLONASS module was installed in the crystal-shaped top of the staff, which is 180 cm long and weighs some 3 kg.

Last year, Father Frost's sledge and other vehicles at his residence in the town of Veliky Ustyug were also equipped with GLONASS navigation systems.

NORAD, the U.S. military's North American Aerospace Defense Command, has tracked Santa Claus on his journey around the Earth on Christmas Eve since 1955, when a misprinted phone number in a newspaper ad connected children to the operations hotline. The tradition has grown into a website that was visited by millions of people last year.

MOSCOW, November 18 (RIA Novosti)