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Heads of a hostel in Moscow detained after a fire

Investigative Committee of Russia
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The founder and director of a Moscow hostel where eight people died as a result of a fire have been detained. This was announced on Saturday, July 30, in the capital’s head office of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

The department clarified that the necessary investigative actions are being carried out with the detainees. Searches are being carried out at the place of residence of the defendants, reports “Interfax”.

Activities are carried out as part of the investigation of a criminal case under Part 3 of Art. 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (providing services that do not meet safety requirements, resulting in the death of two or more persons through negligence). The main version of the investigation is a malfunction of the electrical wiring. An autopsy has been ordered to clarify the circumstances of the fire.

A fire in a hostel on Alma-Atinskaya Street in the south-east of the capital occurred on the night of July 29. Eight people were killed in the incident. The prosecutor’s office found that in the burned-out hostel grossly violated fire safety requirements. Regulatory authorities have previously brought the legal entity that owns the hostel to administrative responsibility for violations of fire safety.

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