The mayor of the Kuzbass city was dismissed for a banquet during the period of mourning

The recently elected mayor of Prokopyevsk in the Kemerovo region, Vyacheslav Starchenko, was dismissed for a banquet held during the mourning for those killed in the Listvyazhnaya mine accident, regional governor Sergei Tsivilev said on his Telegram channel.

“In Prokopyevsk, employees of the administration decided to celebrate the appointment of the new head of Vyacheslav Starchenko. While the entire Kuzbass and the whole country with pain in their hearts followed the news from Listvyazhnaya, at a time when every inhabitant of the region worried about the miners and rescuers <…> Vyacheslav Starchenko has already been dismissed, ”Tsivilev said.

There was smoke at the Listvyazhnaya mine yesterday, and the circumstances of the incident are being investigated. A criminal case was initiated on the grounds of a crime under Part 2 of Art. 217 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of industrial safety requirements for hazardous production facilities, resulting in the death of a person by negligence). The charge was brought against five persons involved in the case: the director of the mine, his first deputy, the head of the section and two inspectors who issued certificates of inspection of the roadway without actually examining it.

The accident killed 51 people, including several rescuers. 239 people came to the surface from the mine, more than 60 sought medical help. In the Kemerovo region from November 26 to 28, mourning for the victims was declared.

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