At least 52 people were killed in the serious mining accident in Siberia. The state agencies TASS and Ria Novosti reported this yesterday evening, citing the emergency services. Among them were six rescue workers who died during search work in the mine.
Meanwhile, friends and relatives of the missing miners gathered in front of the mine. President Vladimir Putin spoke of a “great tragedy”. “Let us hope that as many people as possible can be saved,” Putin said on television, but at the same time pointed out that “even the rescuers are in danger”. The local investigative committee started investigations into possible violations of safety regulations.
The Listvyashnaya Mine was commissioned in 1956 during the Soviet era. The owner is the company SDS-Ugol, one of the largest coal producers in Russia. In 2004, 13 people were killed in a methane explosion in the mine. In 1981, according to Russian media reports, five people were also killed in an explosion there.