St. Petersburg metro employee prosecuted for letting suicide bomber into subway

St. Petersburg metro employee prosecuted for letting suicide bomber into subway

After the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg, a criminal case was initiated against a metro employee for letting the terrorist into the subway.

The investigative bodies charge Senior Inspector Konstantin Ippolitov with negligence. It was him who was in charge of the control service on April 3, when the terrorist act was committed. According to the law enforcers, the subway officer ignored the essential security requirements and overlooked alleged suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov at the Akademicheskaya station.

The investigative authorities have found out that Konstantin Ippolitov had failed to properly organize the work of the subway control service. It turned out that one of the employees fell ill and did not attend work on that day; Ippolitov sent two interns, not authorized to use a radiation inspection unit, to replace him.

The law enforcers also found out that Ippolitov had not organized the work of inspectors, although it was his direct responsibility. He had also failed to arrange service employees in the metro station and had not participated in passenger screening. According to the investigators, it was due to the subway officer’s careless attitude to the work that the suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov managed to sneak into the station without being noticed.

It was also found out that April 3, employees of the metro supervisory service Sobolevsky and Zubarev, manning the Akademicheskaya station, did not notice when the terrorist went past them, since they were not monitoring the work of metal detectors. It turned out that the devices were functioning in a silent mode and sending the received data to the monitor above. At the same time, the inspectors were at the booth of the lobby operator and could only see the information coming from the turnstiles.

Let us recall that, as previously reported by the CrimeRussia, 16 people died as a result of the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg, including the suicide bomber. About 50 people suffered damage of varying severity. At present, 10 people are being prosecuted in the case of the terrorist attack; all of them are under arrest.⁠

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