Russia appoints culprit in explosion at plant near Moscow: what is known

Nadiya DanyshchukLife
The court sentenced Sergei Chankaev to two months in a pre-trial detention centre

Russia has found someone to blame for the explosion at a factory in Sergiev Posad near Moscow. Sergei Chankayev, who is the CEO of Piro-Ross, the company in whose warehouse the explosion occurred, was suspected.

The court of Sergei Posad in the Moscow region of the Russian Federation has already imposed a pre-trial restraint on Chankaev. This was reported by Russian propaganda Telegram channels.

The court sent Sergei Chankaev to a pre-trial detention centre for two months. He could be imprisoned for 5 or even 7 years.

Russia appoints culprit in explosion at plant near Moscow: what is known

During the trial, Chankaev stated that he did not admit his guilt, as all safety requirements at the enterprise were met. According to him, the explosion at the pyrotechnics warehouse was a sabotage.

Despite this, he is charged under the article on negligence at hazardous industrial facilities. The sanction of the article provides for a sentence of up to 5 years in prison.

However, the case may be reclassified into a more serious article, under which Chankayev could face 7 years in prison.

As a reminder, the explosion at the warehouse on the territory of the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant (ZOMZ) in Sergiev Posad took place on 8 August. As a result, more than 80 people were injured, and there were some deaths - their exact number is unknown. 8 people are still missing. The blast wave shattered glass in several buildings in different parts of the city.

This plant is part of the Schwabe holding of the Rostec state corporation and is one of Russia's main developers and manufacturers of surveillance equipment for law enforcement agencies and industry. The media also wrote that ZOMZ produces military products, including night sights for tanks.

According to the Russian media, the exploded warehouse contained about 4 tonnes of gunpowder that had been transferred from the defence plant for disposal.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, 48 body fragments were found after the explosion at the plant in the Moscow region, and 80 people were injured. Initially, three versions of the explosion were considered: a violation of industrial safety, sabotage or a drone strike.

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