The Eighth Cassation Court upheld the verdict of five years’ imprisonment in a general regime correctional colony to the owner of a network of gas stations in the Omsk region, Vladimir Skiller. This was reported on Friday, November 20 press service the regional prosecutor’s office.
The court ruled that, through the fault of the entrepreneur, five children died in January 2018 after the explosion of a gas cylinder and a fire in a private house.
As the court established, Skiller unauthorizedly put into operation a gas filling station without registering it or notifying Rostekhnadzor.
On January 22, 2018, the gas station operator Yevgeny Serdyukov, violating safety precautions, poured 11 liters of gas into a 12-liter cylinder instead of the requested eight liters to a local resident in 37-degree frost, writes TASS…
Returning home in the village of Sedelnikovo, the man who was raising seven adopted children left a cylinder near the heating boiler. After some time, the cylinder warmed up, the gas charged into it expanded and burst the metal. There was an explosion of the gas-air mixture and a strong fire. The fire killed four girls (6, 10, 11 and 18 years old) and a 16-year-old boy. Their adoptive mother suffered extensive burns, and their father suffered minor burns.
During the examination, the investigation established that if the filling operator had filled the requested eight liters into the cylinder, the explosion would not have occurred.
In February 2020, the Sedelnikovsky District Court sentenced Skiller to 3.5 years of probation, and Serdyukov to 4 years in a general regime colony. The prosecutor’s office challenged this decision at a higher instance, considering the sentence too lenient. The Omsk Regional Court sentenced Skiller to 5 years in prison in a general regime penal colony.