A resident of Kemerovo, Igor Vostrikov, who lost his family – his wife, three children and a sister in a fire in the Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping center – criticized the verdict in the case and the terms to which the defendants were sentenced. In a conversation with Lenta.ru, he called the verdict to the firemen a gift.
“For firefighters, the deadlines are unambiguously underestimated. Their term is a gift of fate, they must be judged much more severely. I also have evidence that at least four firefighters just stood and watched people die, ”Vostrikov said.
Commenting on the terms that firefighters Genin and Bursin received – 6 and 5 years – the Russian said that the court did not take into account the aggravating circumstances. He recalled how during the fire people jumped out of the windows of a burning shopping center.
Vostrikov is also sure that the leaders of Zimnyaya Vishnya, who received from 11 to 14 years in prison, should have been judged not under the article “negligence”, but under the article on premeditated murder. The Russian is sure that they knew about all the malfunctions in the shopping center, but did not take any action.
Vostrikov said that the main culprit of the tragedy in “Winter Cherry” is still at large and is abroad.
Earlier it became known that all the defendants in the case were sentenced to real terms. Former general director of the company that owns Zimnyaya Vishnya, Yulia Bogdanova, received 14 years, general director of the main tenant Nadezhda Suddenok – 13.5 years. Georgy Sobolev, technical director of Zimnyaya Vishnya, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. The security guard of the shopping center Sergey Antyushin received 8 years.
The head of the company for the maintenance of the fire-fighting system in Zimnyaya Vishnya was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison. Fire safety engineer in the shopping and entertainment center – 5.5 years. The head of extinguishing the fire, Andrei Bursin, will spend 6 years in prison, firefighter Sergei Genin received 5 years for negligence in extinguishing a fire.
The fire in “Winter Cherry” occurred on March 25, 2018. 60 people were killed, 37 of them were children, many of whom were locked in the cinema hall. Another 79 people were injured. The cause of the fire was a leaking roof – water got on the lamp, which caused a short circuit.
In the course of the investigation, it became known that the fire alarm was not working in the building, and the emergency exits were closed.
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