The Central District Court of Novosibirsk sent Evgeny Kavun, a 25-year-old resident of Omsk, to a pre-trial detention center for two months. He was charged with performing work that does not meet safety requirements (part 3 of article 238 of the Criminal Code). The investigation suggests that Kavun’s actions led to a gas explosion in a Novosibirsk five-story building and the death of 13 people.
The night before, a 45-year-old resident of Omsk, Irina Urbakh, was detained. As reported, today the court also appointed her two months of arrest (until April 9). According to investigators, Kavun and Urbakh arrived in Novosibirsk and, pretending to be employees of a non-existent gas service company, from February 6 to 8, they dismantled and replaced gas equipment in several houses on Lineinaya Street in the Zaeltsovsky District for a fee. At the same time, as the TFR notes, they did not have the necessary “knowledge and permission” to carry out such work. The investigation believes that the gas explosion in the house at Lineinaya 39 occurred on February 9 as a result of the actions of the defendants.
In court, Yevgeny Kavun confirmed that he had carried out work in this house a few days before the explosion, but categorically denied his guilt, claiming that he had used certified equipment. In his opinion, the negligence of one of the tenants of the house, who did not comply with safety requirements, could lead to a tragedy.
As reported, as a result of an explosion in a five-story residential building in Novosibirsk, 13 people were killed, including a two-year-old child, 9 people were injured. The house, in which two of the four entrances collapsed, was decided not to be restored. On Friday, the region declared a Day of Mourning for the dead.
Kommersant wrote about the tragedy in Novosibirsk in detail in the article “The explosion did not spare the five-story building.”