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10 Jun 2024

RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

Kazakhstan: Court sentences managers of ArcelorMittal coal mine to prison for deadly explosion

Kazakh coal mine's managers get prison terms over deadly blast, 6 June 2024

A court in Kazakhstan sentenced four managers of the Lenin coal mine on June 6 to prison terms for an explosion that killed five miners in November 2022. The mine's chief engineer Pyotr Li was handed a five-year sentence, while two managers - Talghat Bayakenov and Andrei Zavyalov - were sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison each. Acting safety and ventilation security chief Dmitry Ablov got 4 years in prison. The men's wives said they will appeal the ruling. Deadly accidents at mines in the central Kazakhstan region are frequent. In 2006, a similar blast at the Lenin mine killed 41 miners.