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Criminal negligence of officials led to deaths of people in the Krimskiy district, the Krasnodar Area

Statement by YABLOKO Chairman

July 7, 2012

A natural disaster leading to numerous victims took place in some parts of the Krasnodar Area (southern Russia) yesterday and today. The YABLOKO party expresses condoles to the relatives and next of kin of the victims.

Resort city Gelindgik and Novorossiysk suffered from the disaster, but the most affected was the Krymsk Area with the highest number of victims. The tragedy was caused by torrential rains leading to a flood which inundated a large number of settlements. However, in the case of Krymsk and Neberdzhayevskeya village the tragedy was caused not only by weather conditions but also the actions of the authorities who had not taken the necessary precautions to prevent the disaster.

As was found out by the activists of the Krasnodar branch of YABLOKO, the dramatic lifting of water in the Krymsk city last night was caused by an emergency discharge from the Neberdzhayevsky water-storage pond situated in the mountains above the city. The population was not alerted about that discharge which became one more reason for the tragedy.

In addition, this water-storage pond has been exploited in such conditions for many years already, which preconditioned a possibility for a catastrophe of that kind the water storage does not have a controllable low discharge. There is only an upper flood water discharge. Consequently, in case of abrupt rise of water during precipitation there is no possibility for a gradual discharge of water. In 2002 Krymsk was flooded for that reason. Krymsk residents appealed to authorities and mass media about the threat of flooding of the city by the waters from the Neberdzhayevsky water-storage pond, but the authorities did not adopt any effective measures for solution of the problem and protection of Krymsk residents. Unfortunately, the worst apprehensions of the city residents became a reality last night.

We demand that:

the Investigative Committee must open a criminal case in accordance with the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, under Article 293, Part 3 (negligence of officials resulting in the death of people) and bring to justice the officials, in particular the federal and regional heads of the Civil Defence and the Emergency Situations

Ministry Department of the Krasnodar Territory and the Krymsk District who:

1) did not adopt measures for safe functioning of the Neberdzhayevsky water-storage;

2) did not inform the local residents about the threat of water inrush in connection with heavy rains.

the President of the Russian Federation should

1) consider the liability of the heads of the Environmental and Engineering Supervisory Authority and other federal and regional legislative agencies in charge of safety of hydraulic facilities,

2) demand from the legislative agencies to begin immediate audit of compliance of all the constructions in the Krasnodar Territory and across Russia to the safety standards.

Russia's Council of Ministers and the Krasnodar Territory administration must provide the following:

1) worthy payments to the families of the victims;

2) subsidies for housing repairs and restoration of damaged property;

3) adequate compensations to the residents for the lost property.

Sergey Mitrokhin,
Chair of the YABLOKO party

See also:

Human Rights




Statement by YABLOKO Chairman

July 7, 2012

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