(From The Guardian)
Aman Tuleyev, the longtime governor of Russia’s Kemerovo region where a huge shopping mall fire killed at least 64 people last weekend, has resigned.
“I submitted my resignation letter to the Russian president,” he said in a three-minute video address released by his office on Sunday.
Tuleyev, who had been at the helm of the key coal-mining region since 1997, said he could no longer remain at his post with “such a heavy burden” and added that his resignation was “the only right choice”.
At least 64 people – including 41 children – died when a huge fire ravaged a mall in the industrial city of Kemerovo in western Siberia last Sunday.
The disaster – in which some parents lost all their children – shocked Russia. Many people who lost relatives have said they died because of the inaction of firefighters and police lacking the necessary equipment and skills.