Head of Moscow metro power supply service dismissed over June 5 fire

The director of the Moscow metro power supply service has lost his job following a fire on the Sokolnicheskaya red line on Wednesday.

The director of the Moscow metro power supply service has lost his job following a fire on the Sokolnicheskaya red line on Wednesday.

During an emergency session of the Moscow government on Friday, the city's acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin asked Moscow metro head Ivan Besedin what disciplinary measures had been taken in response to the accident.

"A reprimand was issued to the chief engineer. The director of the power supply service was dismissed," Besedin said.

"I warn you yourself of the existence of personal accountability," Sobyanin told Besedin.

Sobyanin offered an apology to Muscovites for the June 5 emergency.

A high-voltage electric cable caught fire in the tunnel between the Okhotny-Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina stations of the Moscow metro during the morning rush hour on Wednesday. Up to 4,500 passengers were evacuated from these two subway stations.

Eighty-nine people were injured as a result of the accident. Of them, 27 were admitted to hospitals.

Service between the Park Kultury and Komsomolskaya stations on the red line was suspended after the fire.

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