At the site of the explosion of a four-storey building in Volgograd. Photo by Tatyana Filimonova for "Caucasian Knot"

29 May 2017, 20:10

Regional Court leaves man suspected of causing explosion in Volgograd in custody

The court has dismissed an appeal filed against the arrest of 80-year-old Yuri Babayan, accused of damaging a gas pipe. According to investigators, the above damage caused an explosion in a residential building in University Avenue in Volgograd. This was reported by Olga Tokareva, Senior PR Assistant to the Volgograd Regional Prosecutor.

Earlier, the court has pronounced the decision to arrest until July 16 entrepreneur Yuraslav Babayan, his father Yuri Babayan, and Vladimir Leksunkin, a worker hired by them. On May 26, the suspects were charged under Article "carrying out works failing to comply with the security requirements, which resulted in deaths of more than two persons through negligence".

Let us remind you that on May 16, in the Soviet District of Volgograd, an entrance of a four-storey building collapsed as a result of an explosion. Four persons died, and other 11 were injured. According to the investigators, the gas explosion occurred because of damage to a pipeline as a result of an illegal attempt of connection to a water supply pipeline.

On May 17, Andrei Bocharov, Governor of the Volgograd Region, announced that the house would be demolished. According to the calculations made by the "Caucasian Knot", the gas explosion has become the fourth in Volgograd since 2011.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Tatyana Filimonova; Source: CK correspondent

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