Three suspects put in detention as part of Far Eastern camp fire case
MOSCOW, July 25 (RAPSI) – Three suspects in a criminal case over a deadly fire in the children's camp Holdomi in the Khabarovsk Krai in Russia’s Far East, on Thursday were placed in detention, the Investigative Comittee’s press service reports.
Depending on their alleged role, the camp director Maxim Kuznetsov and founder of director of Extreme Service, the company owning the camp, Vitaly Burlakov and an officer of the regional directorate of the Ministry for Emergency Situations Eduard Novgorodtsev are suspected of providing services not equal to the safety requirements and negligence. Charges will be brought against them soon, the statement reads.
The fire occurred in the camp in the night of July 23. According to the latest numbers, four children died. In total, 189 minors aged from 7 to 15 years were in the camp, the press service of the children’s rights commissioner Anna Kuznetsova reported earlier.
According to the investigation, in July, a scheduled exercise was conducted in the camp. In the course of the exercise, Novgorodtsev revealed that the accommodation of children in a tent camp was organized in breach of fire-hazard regulations; however, he failed to take steps to oblige the Holdomi administration to correct the violations. Burlakov and Kuznetsov in turn failed to provide the services in a proper manner, investigators claim.