July 20, 2020 / 12:06 PM / 17 days ago

Russian mayor charged over Arctic fuel spill resigns - RIA

FILE PHOTO: Rescuers work at the site of a huge leak of fuel into the river after an accident at a power plant, in this still image taken from video, outside Norilsk, Russia June 2, 2020. Video taken June 2, 2020. Severny Gorod/Reuters

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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