Four officials were brought to responsibility for tragedy at Syamozero

Four officials were brought to responsibility for tragedy at Syamozero
Rescue operation at the Syamozero camp

There are more people responsible for the tragic death of 14 teenagers spending their holidays at the Syamozero camp.

As a result of the official investigation, the Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen brought the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Karelia Valentina Ulich, the Minister of Education Alexander Morozov, the Health Minister Yervand Hidishyan and the Minister of Social Development and Labor Olga Sokolova to disciplinary responsibility. The officials were punished for "improper performance of official duties, consisting in the lack of control." This "formal" punishment was the result of the official investigation of the State Committee of Karelia against the officials responsible for children's holidays in the Republic.

It is to be recalled that on June 18, from the health camp "Park Hotel "Syamozero", 47 children went hiking in a storm. The children were Accompanied only by four counselors at the age of 17 to 19 years. At night, the raft and two canoes with 47 children and four counselors turned over. As a result, 14 teenagers drowned, one child is reported missing, five of them were hospitalized.

Russia's Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case on the death of children in Karelia under "Provision of services that do not meet safety requirements." Later, one more case under the article "Negligence, resulting in the death of two or more persons" was initiated as well. The camp Director Elena Reshetova, her Deputy Vadim Vinogradov, three camps instructors and the Head of Karelian Rospotrebnadzor Anatoly Kovalenko were arrested and detained until 19th of August 2016. Reshetova and Vinogradov were charged under p. 3 of Art. 238 of the Russian Criminal Code (rendering services that resulted in the death of two or more persons), Anatoly Kovalenko - under p. 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (negligence). He is indicted due to the fact that two weeks before the death of children, the Prosecutor's Office issued a warning that the camp "Syamozero" did not comply with the sanitary norms and violates the rights of children. Nevertheless, the Head of the Karelian branch of Rospotrebnadzor issued the "Park-hotel "Syamozero" LLC with the positive certificate.

Now the camp is closed until further court decisions.

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