Mall fire case proceedings started in Russia’s Kemerovo
MOSCOW, May 16 (RAPSI) – A court in Russia’s Kemerovo has proceeded to a criminal case over the tragic fire in a local mall that has left 60 people dead, the Investigative Committee’s press service reports.
The fire occurred in the Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) mall on March 25, 2018. According to investigators, 60 people including dozens of children were killed by fire. Initially it was reported that 64 people died. Nearly 150 people were hurt. The blaze destructed property of 140 individuals and 100 companies totaling 293 million rubles (over $4.5 million).
The case was launched over involuntary manslaughter, violation of fire safety regulations that left more than two persons dead and provisions of services that don’t meet safety requirements.
Seven defendants including Yulia Bogdanova, CEO of the Kemerovsky Confectionary Combine, a company owning the) mall, technical director of the mall’s owner company Georgy Sobolev, the mall’s manager Nadezhda Suddenok, a guard who allegedly turned off the emergency notification system when he received a fire signal Sergey Antyushin, CEO of the company System Integrator that developed the fire safety system Igor Polozinenko; an employee of the company, who personally installed the fire alarm Alexander Nikitin and fire team commander Sergey Genin, are on trial.