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Kemerovo mall owner taken into custody


YEREVAN, MARCH 31, ARMENPRESS. The Kemerovo district court has taken into custody Yulia Bogdanova, the owner of the shopping mall which engulfed in a massive fire on March 25, killing 64 people, mostly children, RIA Novosti reports.

Bogdanova will be remanded in custody until May 25.

The judge said the owner might try to obstruct justice or go into hiding if not jailed.

A total of 6 people are currently arrested in connection with the fatal fire.

Earlier Yulia Bogdanova, owner of the building which housed the Zimnyaya Vishnya (Winter Cherry) shopping mall in the Russian town of Kemerovo, pleaded guilty in court for the fatal fire which killed 64 people, RIA Novosti reported.

Bogdanova was charged with violating fire safety requirements, which led to fatal consequences.

According to the investigation, the CEO was numerously notified by her staff that the fire alarm system is faulty, but she failed to do anything about it.

A fire broke out on the top floor of the Zimnyaya Vishnya (or Winter Cherry), a four-story shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo on March 25, eventually engulfing an area of 1,500 square meters. According to latest reports, the disastrous inferno claimed the lives of 64 people, including 41 children. Seventy-six people, including 27 children, were hurt.

English –translator/editor: Stepan Kocharyan

 




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