Investigative Committee initiates proceedings on St. Petersburg metro explosion
The General Administration for Investigation of Priority Cases with the Investigative Committee of Russia will be running the case.
The General Administration for Investigation of Priority Cases has taken over the case of the explosion in St. Petersburg metro to investigate it fully, comprehensively and objectively as instructed by Aleksandr Bastrykin, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
President Vladimir Putin, who is in St. Petersburg today, said all versions are being considered, but the primary lead is a terrorist attack.
The National Counterterrorism Committee stated that there was only one explosion that occurred today at 14:40 in the St. Petersburg metro. The NCC has strengthened measures to protect transport and places of mass gathering in St. Petersburg.
According to the latest information, the number of deaths in the explosions in St. Petersburg subway has reached seven. Also 22 victims have been reported.
Security measures at Pulkovo airport have been amplified. The press service said the airport is not getting closed yet.
RIA Novosti reports citing unnamed sources that there was no second explosive device on Ploshchad Vosstaniya (as previous reports had said), it was just an unattended item that they found.
Video: Putin on the subway explosions
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).