11 Oct 2017 15:14

Person responsible for illegally transporting passengers in bus that collided with train near Vladimir detained - Investigative Committee

MOSCOW. Oct 11 (Interfax) - The person responsible for illegally transporting passengers in the bus that collided with a train near Vladimir on Friday, killing 17 people, has been detained, the Russian Investigative Committee's press service said.

"This transport was organized by Baidully Naltayev, who found passengers, collected money, and organized the trip. Naltayev carried out the illegal transit of foreign citizens without appropriate migration documents for a fee in the amount of 5,000 rubles per passenger," the press service said obtained by Interfax on Wednesday.

Seventeen passengers of the bus, including two children, were killed in the collision of a bus and a train on a railway crossing, the press service said.

"Baidully Naltayev will be formally charged in the near future, after which investigators plan to ask the court to decide whether he should be detained," it said.

The criminal case involving the provision of services that do not meet safety requirements has been made a separate case, the press service said.

According to earlier reports, a train collided with a bus that was stuck on the rails on a railway crossing in the Petushki district of the Vladimir region in the early hours of October 6. The bus was carrying 58 people, including two drivers. Both drivers, one of whom was killed, were citizens of Kazakhstan. All of the passengers were citizens of Uzbekistan.

Three criminal cases were following the 17 foreigners' death on the basis of the article of the Criminal Code dealing with violations of railway-safety rules resulting in the death of two or more people, and also on the basis of the article dealing with the organization of illegal migration.

On the day of the tragedy, an informed source told Interfax that the main suspect, a 36-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan, had been detained in connection with the case.