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MOSCOW, May 4 (Itar-Tass) — Two new criminal cases have been opened against officials within the Bulgaria shipwreck case, Investigation Committee /SK/ spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Friday.
"A considerable amount of investigative actions have been carried out within the framework of the criminal case, whose results warranted the opening of two new criminal cases: against the sublessee of the Bulgaria, director of the AgroRechTur company Svetlana Inyakina, and senior expert of the Perm stretch, Kama branch of the Russian River Registry Yakov Ivashov," Markin said.
Inyakina is suspected of violating safety and labor protection rules that resulted in the death of a person by negligence, and Ivashov is suspected of misuse of office powers.
The investigators said Inyakina, as head of the shipowner company, had to observe the rules of navigation and operation of the passenger diesel electric ship Bulgaria, as well as the requirements for the safety of life and health of its passengers and the crew, and the safety and labor protection rules.
However, she 'operated the vessels with technological faults, let untrained personnel work at the company, failed to arrange labor protection briefings, training and checking the knowledge of labor protection rules.
For his part, Ivashov, in June 2011, acting upon selfish motives and person interests, misused his powers in June 2011, and entered unauthentic information in the official documents on the Bulgaria’s good technical condition and meeting the Registry's requirements for diesel electric vessels. He then passed the documents to Inyakina. This enabled her to run the ship during 2011 navigation season.
The two-deck diesel-electric ship Bulgaria, built in Czechoslovakia in 1955, sank in a thunderstorm in Kuibyshevskoye water reservoir on July 10, 2011. Of the 201 people on board, 122 died. Seventy-nine survived.
Earlier this week, Kazan's Vakhitovsky district court extended custody by two months for former chief state inspector of the Volga department of the Rostransnadzor Federal Service for Supervision of Transport Vladislav Semyonov, a defendant in the Bulgaria shipwreck case.
The charges against Semyonov and head of the Kazan office of Rostrandnazor Irek Timergazeyev have been changed from Article 293, Part 3 of Russia’s Criminal Code /negligence that resulted in the death of two or more persons by negligence/ to Article 285, Part 3 /misuse of office powers that resulted in grave consequences/. The latter is a more serious crime, punishable by three to ten years in jail, the court's press secretary said.