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Second suspect detained in Moscow over print shop fire case — investigators

September 13, 17:04 UTC+3
A fire broke out in a printing house in Moscow on August 27 and claimed the lives of 17 people
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MOSCOW, September 13 /TASS/. Investigators have detained the second suspect in the Moscow printing house fire case, a source at the Russian Investigation Committee press service told TASS.

A fire, which broke out in a printing house in northeastern Moscow on August 27, claimed the lives of 17 people, including 3 Russians and 14 Kyrgyz nationals. Most of the victims were young women.

"Thanks to a well-planned tactics the investigators managed to get in touch with Anton Yatskov, the printing house’s chief engineer, who agreed to arrive in Moscow to meet the investigators. However, he did not plead guilty to all the charges," the investigators said.

The court will consider the investigation’s request to take Yatskov into custody on Wednesday, September 14.

The investigation into the printing house fire is under way. Earlier, the investigators brought charges in absentia against Sergey Moskvin, the director general of the OOO "Print Express" printing house and Chief Engineer Anton Yatskov who was in charge of fire safety. Both men were accused of violating fire safety regulations.

Moskvin who turned himself in to the police a day earlier was taken into custody on September 6 following a decision by Moscow’s Ostankino district court.

A fire occurred in a storage unit on Altufyevskoye Shosse in Moscow early on August 27. It later spread to the entire four-storied building. The firefighters who extinguished the fire found 16 burnt bodies in the storage. One more fire victim died in hospital.

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