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Verdict for 4 officials in Krymsk flood negligence case due on August 19

August 12, 2013, 17:30 UTC+3
During the Krymsk flood on July 6-7, 2012, 153 people died, and several were seriously injured
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KRASNODAR, August 12 (Itar-Tass) - A court in the Krasnodar Territory on August 19 will hand down the verdict for four officials accused of negligence during the flood in Krymsk, in which 153 persons died.

"The decision was made at the final session held on Monday," an official at the court's office told Itar-Tass. The verdict is due to be announced at 10:00, Moscow time.

Head of the Krymsky district municipality Vasily Krutko, head of Krymsky urban area Vladimir Ulanovsky, head of the Nizhnebakansky settlement Irina Ryabchenko and acting head of the emergencies and civil defense department of the Krymsky district Viktor Zhdanov are in the prisoner's dock.

As the Monday hearing began, the parties briefly exchanged remarks and then the defendants made their final statements.

Due to a large number of persons wishing to see the trial, it is held at the building of the district socio-cultural center. Judge Vladimir Makarenko presides over the hearings. In the course of the trial which began on May 15, the court has questioned more than 600 witnesses and 136 injured parties.

Krutko, Ulanovsky and Ryabchenko are accused of forgery in office and negligence, and Zhdanov is accused of negligence and attempted fraud.

The criminal case comprises over 200 volumes. More than 400 expert examinations were carried out.

The prosecutor for the state, Alexander Polyakov, drew the court's attention to the fact that "the investigator’s conclusions on the defendants' culpability have been fully confirmed in the course of the trial," and demanded real jail terms.

Polyakov demanded six years in prison for Vasily Krutko, 3.5 years for Vladimim Ulanovsky, and 4.5 years and a 80,000-rouble fine for Viktor Zhdanov. He asked for a 3.5-suspended sentence for Irina Ryabchenko.

The investigators said Krutko, Ulanovsky, Ryabchenko and Zhdanov had known about a possible emergency in the area but issued no warning to the population and took no measures to evacuate people to safer districts.

During the Krymsk flood on July 6-7, 2012, 153 people died, and several were seriously injured.

"On top of that, Korsakov, Ulanovsky and Ryabchenko ordered their subordinates to draw official documents alleging that they had taken all the proper measures to combat the emergency. Specifically the document offers a record of a session of the district crisis commissions, a warning to the population and evacuation efforts," the investigators said. The document was backdated, they added.

Zhdanov is accused of attempted fraud in lumpsum compensation to flood victims. He put his name on the list of the persons eligible to compensation, although his house had not been in the flood zone.

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