The head of the Airborne Forces training center near Omsk where a barrack collapsed has been detained as a suspect, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin has said.
"Col. Ponomaryov has been detained as a suspect," Markin told Interfax on July 14.
Head of the 242nd Airborne Forces training center O. Ponomaryov was questioned on Monday evening during an inquiry into the collapse of a military unit's barrack in the town of Svetly in the Omsk region, he said.
"He admitted partial guilt for the tragedy and told the detectives that he had permitted servicemen to move into the barrack," Markin said.
In his word, Ponomaryov was apprehended under Article 91 of the Russian Criminal Procedure Code.
"His involvement in the crime will be verified in the investigation of this criminal case. A restrictive measure against Ponomaryov will be determined shortly," Markin underlined.
Floor slabs collapsed in the four-storey barrack of the Airborne Forces training center in the town of Svetly near Omsk on Sunday, July 12. There were 337 servicemen inside the building at the accident moment. The Defense Ministry said 42 servicemen were retrieved from under the debris; 23 of them died, and 19 were hospitalized. Another three were taken to the medical unit of the training center with light injuries and bruises.
A criminal case was opened on the negligence counts.
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