Sergey Antyushyn, the security guard of the shopping mall in Kemerovo where the fire took place denied his guilt. According to the investigation, he did not turn on the fire alarm as Interfax reported.
‘Of course, I do not consider myself as guilty. It is a tragedy, I have been so worried. The alarm was malfunctioned earlier and I wrote a report about this to the management of the shopping mall and the technical director was aware’, Antyushyn said before the session of the court on the choosing of the restrictive measure for him.
He added that during the fire he called 112 and his chief.
Georgy Sobolev, the technical director claimed in the court about numerous problems of the building.
‘Recently the shopping mall was in the disrepair. At the same time I had small financial resources, the building is big and the number of staff is small’, Sobolev said.
According to him, he ordered to evacuate people during the fire.
‘At the moment of the fire, I was at the place. I personally came up with the firemen to rescue a woman from the glass elevator stuck during the fire. I did not know about the problems with the alarm’, Sobolev explained.
The representative of the investigation in the court reported that Sobolev was aware of the malfunctioning of the system and did nothing to repair it.
‘The doors should open automatically during the fire but it did not happen. Sobolev did nothing, the people were left face-to-face with the danger’, the investigator said.
Also, Interfax reported citing the source that Aman Tuleev, the Governor of Kemerovo region dismissed his deputy and head of inner policy department.
‘Aleksey Zelenin, the Deputy Governor and Nina Lopatina, the Head of Inner Policy Department were fired’, the source said.
Five people, including the vendors of the place where, preliminary, the epicenter of the fire was and the worker and executive officers of the organization that served the fire alarm were questioned due to the fire.
The criminal proceeding due to manslaughter, violation of the fire safety requirements that led to the death of two and more persons and service delivery that did not meet safety requirements.
On March 27, the court extended the detention of Georgy Sobolev, the technical director, Nadezhda Suddenyun, the administrator, Aleksandr Nikitin and Igor Polozinenko, the worker and head of System Integrator System that served the fire alarm of the shopping mall for another 72 hours.
Also, on March 27, the citizens of Kemerovo showed up at the rally with the demands to publish real data about the perished at the fire. The partakers of the rally do not believe the official data and noted that not enough rescuers were attracted to the firefighting.
However, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation claimed that Ukrainian pranker Yevhen Volnov spread the information about 300 fatalities during the fire in Kemerovo and opened the criminal proceeding against him.
As it was reported earlier, the shopping mall caught fire in the Russian city of Kemerovo on March 25. According to the Emergency Service, the fire occurred on the fourth floor where the cinema and children’s playgrounds were situated. The Investigative Committee of Russia considers two version of the tragedy: short circuit or use of the open fire. According to the last data, 64 people died. It was noted that 41 of them are children.