The governor of Kemerovo region in Russia resigned on Sunday after a mall fire killed more than 60 people after a litany of violations in safety procedures left shoppers and children trapped inside the building. A video was posted on the regional administration’s website in which Aman Tuleyev, 73, stated that stepping down was the only course of action possible. President Vladimir Putin accepted his resignation, the Kremlin said.
“With such a heavy burden, it’s impossible to work as the governor,” Tuleyev said. “I submitted my resignation letter to the Russian president,” he said in a three-minute video released by his office on Sunday.
One of the deadliest fire in Russia engulfed on last Sunday, since the break-up of the Soviet Union, swept through a cinema complex and children’s play area on the upper floors of the Winter Cherry shopping centre in Kemerovo.
Investigators stated that fire exits had been illegally blocked, the public address system was not switched on, the alarm system was broken, and as a result children had been locked inside cinemas. It was concluded that at least 64 people – including 41 children died in this incident.