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Local MP, owner of burned down Kostroma nightclub arrested until 5 January 2023

Ikhtiyar Mirzoyev, the owner of the Poligon nightclub in Russia’s Kostroma and a local MP, has been detained over violation of fire safety charges and sent to a pre-trial detention facility until 5 January 2023, the police and a court in Moscow say.

Investigation is ongoing, and Mirzoyev is suspected of violating fire safety that caused the death of two or more people, TASS’s souce says.

Mirzoyev’s membership in the United Russia party was suspended upon his own request on 7 November.

A garrison court in Yaroslavl also arrested Stanislav Ionkin, a serviceman who allegedly started a fire in the nightclub, until 5 January earlier.

Fifteen people lost their lives in a fire at the Polygon nightclub in Russia’s Kostroma on 5 November. “Preliminary data suggests that the reason for the fire was a mass brawl. One of the participants fired a flare gun and ran away. Law enforcement is currently looking for him,” CHTD Telegram channel wrote back then. The Russian Investigative Committee initiated criminal proceedings for manslaughter of two or more people.

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