Governor resigns over Russian mall fire

by Garry Watts April 2, 2018, 2:13
Governor resigns over Russian mall fire

The governor of the Russian region of Kemerovo has resigned over a fire at a shopping centre that left more than 60 people dead, including many children.

Aman Tuleyev said in a video address released on Sunday that his standing down from his post was "the right, conscious and only true decision". March 25, 64 people died and 79 got injured in the fire at Zimnyaya Vishnya mall.

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Thousands of Kemerovo residents held protests over the past few days, demanding the resignation of local officials after the deadly fire.

The administration of Russia's Kemerovo Region said on Sunday that it had received over 800 petitions from citizens following the deadly fire in a mall in the regional capital.

There were earlier rumours that the 73-year-old governor was to resign owing to his poor health.

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According to the statement of the Kemerovo administration, Aman Tuleyev submits resignation as governor of the Russian Kemerovo region on a voluntary basis, according Sputnik.

Investigators said initial investigations indicated that blocked fire exits, a shut-down alarm system, and "glaring violations" of safety rules exacerbated the human toll of the fire.

On Friday, police arrested an executive with the firm that owns the shopping mall.

Chanting slogans such as "the truth", protesters at Tuesday's demonstration demanded the resignation of Tuleev.

During the rally, Tsivilyov suggested that a man who lost his sister, wife, and three children in the fire was engaging in self-promotion. The whole Russian Federation and the whole world is in the mourning.

"The stands were completely quiet, and it was very unusual for our home turf", he added.

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