July 20, 2020 / 12:03 PM / 20 days ago

Russian mayor charged over Arctic fuel spill resigns - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The mayor of the Russian Arctic city of Norilsk who was charged with negligence last month over a major fuel spill in the region resigned on Monday, the RIA news agency reported.

State investigators opened a criminal case against Norilsk’s mayor, Rinat Akhmetchin, after 21,000 tonnes of diesel leaked from a tank at the power plant near the city of Norilsk on May 29.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams

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