Six defendants in Kemerovo mall fire case to stay detained until fall
MOSCOW, August 22 (RAPSI) – The Central District Court on Kemerovo has extended detention for six defendants in a criminal case over tragic fire in Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) shopping mall that left 60 people dead, the court’s press service has told RAPSI.
The mall’s CEO Nadezhda Suddenok, the Kemerovo Confectionery Works technical director Georgy Sobolev, a guard, who allegedly turned off the emergency notification system when he received a fire signal, Sergey Antyushin, will remain in jail until November 24. Yulia Bogdanova, CEO of the Kemerovo Confectionery Works Yulia Bogdanova will stay detained until November 25.
Detention of two other defendants, CEO of the company System Integrator that developed the fire safety system Igor Polozinenko and the company’s employee of the company, who personally installed the fire alarm, Alexander Nikitin, was extended until September 25 and 26 respectively.
Depending on their role, the defendants are charged with violation of fire safety regulations or provision of services that don’t meet safety requirements.
The blaze in the mall occurred on March 25. According to investigators, 60 people including dozens of children were killed by fire. Initially it was reported that 64 people died.