Governor of Kemerovo in Russian Federation resigns over mall fire

Russia Shopping mall fire kills dozens in Siberia

Russia Shopping mall fire kills dozens in Siberia

According to the statement of the Kemerovo administration, Aman Tuleyev submits resignation as governor of the Russian Kemerovo region on a voluntary basis, according Sputnik.

The law on People's Governor title conferment to Tuleev was adopted in December 2011 "as a sign of years of selfless service to people and people's recognition of exceptional merits before the Kemerovo region".

The governor of Russia's Kemerovo region resigned on Sunday over a huge fire at a shopping mall in which at least 64 people died, including 41 children. His current mandate was due to expire in 2020.

In a video address released by his office, Aman Tuleyev said he could no longer remain in office with "such a heavy burden", saying his resignation was the only possible moral course.

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The administration of Russia's Kemerovo Region said on Sunday that it had received over 800 petitions from citizens following the deadly fire in a mall in the regional capital.

The deadly fire on March 25 triggered a wave of protests in Kemerovo and across Russian Federation. I have met with the families of the victims, tried to solve the problems with delivering assistance [to the victims and their families]. On Sunday he appointed Sergei Tsivilyov, one of the region's deputy governors, to replace Tuleyev as acting governor. Again, I offer my deep apologies. "We have to live to remember those, whom we have lost", Tuleyev said. But we have to live on. People also expressed their wish to adopt children who have been orphaned as a result of the tragedy.

"The Kremlin did everything it could to give the impression that Tuleyev made this decision himself", Kolesnikov said, "because Putin never makes decisions under pressure from Russian society".

Thousands of Kemerovo residents rallied to demand answers and resignations from local authorities. Earlier, Georgiy Sobolyev, the technical director of the mall, Nadiya Suddenok, the head of the mall, Oleksandr Nikitin, the head and the employee in the company which served the fire alarm system in the mall, and the security guard of the mall, who did not turn on the fire alarm were arrested. On Friday, police arrested an executive with the firm that owns the shopping mall.

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