Director General of Makhachkala Vodokanal to be held accountable for mass poisoning

Director General of Makhachkala Vodokanal to be held accountable for mass poisoning

Head of Makhachkalavodokanal Magomed Murtazaliev was arrested for two months after a high-profile scandal with the mass poisoning of population with water.

ICR officers in the Republic of Dagestan have detained the Director General of Makhachkalavodokanal OJSC Magomed Murtazaliev, who is the prime suspect in a criminal case of mass poisoning of the population with water. A criminal case under part 1 of Art. 238 of the Russian Criminal Code (Providing services that do not meet the requirements of life or health safety of consumers) was initiated on October 28.

According to preliminary data, at the end of October this year, while providing the population with cold water supply services, Makhachkala Water Services Company fed into the public water mains drinking water that does not meet the requirements of life and health safety of consumers.

Wastewater entering the water supply network due to a sewage systems breakthrough led to the mass poisoning of people. Makhachkala residents with acute intestinal infection sought help in medical facilities. Number of people poisoned by the dirty water has reached 800, with about half of them being children. 

After a preliminary investigation, the investigating authorities referred to the court a motion to select a preventive measure in the form of detention for Murtazaliyev. The court granted the motion and ordered to arrest the head of Vodokanal for two months.

ICR experts continue to conduct the necessary investigative actions in the criminal case and establish all the circumstances of what happened.

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