Four officials whose negligent conduct lead to deaths in Krymsk flooding face criminal charges

Final criminal charges have been brought against four executives whose negligent conduct lead to deaths in this year's flooding in Krymsk, a Russian Investigative Committee spokesman has announced.

"Three of the four have been accused of fraud and negligence, and the other of negligence and attempted fraud," Markin told Interfax on Tuesday.

A criminal case was initiated after a flooding in southern Russia led to deaths in early July. Krymsk was hit the hardest.

The four officials are former Krymsk Region head Vasily Krutko, former Krymsk mayor Vladimir Ulanovsky, former mayor of the town of Nizhnebakansky Irina Ryabchenko and acting regional emergency situations chief Vladimir Zhdanov, Markin said.

Krutko, Ulanovsky, Ryabchenko and Zhdanov "aware of the risks of an emergency, failed to alert the residents and evacuate them to safety," investigators claimed.

"The suspects did not take measures to minimize the damage, which led to 153 deaths, the disappearance of two citizens and severe injuries suffered by local people on July 6 and 7 2012," Markin added.

"Moreover, Ulanovsky, Krutko and Ryabchenko instructed their subordinates to draw up false reports alleging that they had acted promptly. Zhdanov also attempted to mishandle funds provided to aid the victims by entering his own address on the list of damaged properties, although his house was not damaged and was even outside the flooded zone," he also said.

Zhdanov and four members of his family were entered on the list of victims in need of 50,000 rubles in aid.

"Krutko, Ulanovsky and Zhdanov remain in custody, while Ryabchenko is at large with travel restrictions," he said.

A flooding on July 7 inundated 7,200 houses in Krymsk, Gelendzhik and Novorossiisk, and in several other populated areas in the Krasnodar Territory.

The massive loss of life during the flooding is being investigated on counts of negligence that led to multiple deaths.

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