Russian provincial governor resigns over Siberia mall fire

Marsha Scott
April 2, 2018

The governor of Russia's Kemerovo region, Aman Tuleyev, has resigned from his office following the backlash from the mall fire that occurred last weekend.

Following the video address, Kremlin issued a statement, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of Tuleyev, appointing Sergei Tsivilev the region's provisional governor.

The fire, which swept through a cinema complex and a children's play area in the Winter Cherry mall in the city of Kemerovo last Sunday, was one of the deadliest since the Soviet Union broke up in 1991.

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The governor's resignation comes in the wake of the deadly shopping mall fire in Kemerovo on March 25.

Ex-Vice Governor Sergey Tsivilev became the Acting Head of the region.

Tuleyev, 73, served as the region's governor from 1997.

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Officials put the death toll at 64 people, including at least 41 children, and said 25 of the 76 injured were hospitalized.

On Friday Russian police arrested an executive with the firm that owns the shopping centre.

In the center of Kemerovo, angry demonstrators on March 27 protested amid complaints of official corruption, holding signs with slogans such as "Corruption kills!" and "Tell the truth!"

Some parents lost all their children, and the youngest victim was a two-year-old toddler.

Reportedly, the fire alarms did not go off while all the emergency exit doors were locked.

At Spartak Moscow, fans in the crowd of 28,500 displayed homemade posters and banners mourning the dead.

"The stands were completely quiet, and it was very unusual for our home turf", he added.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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