Former head of the Siberian diamond mine is found dead in a police cell & # 39; with signs of suicide & # 39; after he was arrested for security breaches
- Alexey Burkser was the head of Alrosa & # 39; s Mir diamond mine in Yakutia, Siberia
- He was arrested for violating safety rules on Monday during a flood in 2017
- Eight miners were killed in the mine of the largest diamond producer in the world
- He was found in his cell and investigators said there were & # 39; signs of suicide & # 39; goods
The former head of a Siberian diamond mine was found dead in a detention cell & # 39; with signs of suicide & # 39; just a day after he was arrested, Russian investigating authorities said.
Alexey Burkser was arrested Monday on suspicion of violating security rules and was found dead in his cell on Tuesday at the pre-trial center in the remote Yakutia region in Eastern Siberia
He was in charge of Alrosa & # 39; s Mir diamond mine in Yakutia, which flooded in August 2017 and killed eight miners.
This photo shows a representation of the first Soviet diamond mine, named Mir, which operated from 1957-2001 in the city of Mirny, with the city in the background. The former head of a huge Russian diamond mine was found dead in his prison cell after eight miners were killed in floods, authorities said Wednesday
A regional department of the federal investigation committee said there were indications that Alexey Burkser had died in the center in the remote Yakutia region in eastern Siberia. Alrosa, controlled by the state, declined to comment.
Alrosa is & # 39; the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms. Together with Anglo American & # 39; s De Beers unit, it produces around half the rough diamonds in the world.
The underground mine, which produced eight percent of Alrosa & # 39; s production, flowed under water as water flowed into the shaft of an above-ground mine.
A sign with diamonds in the so-called treasure chest of Yakutia, the same city in Siberia where Burkser worked and died. Alrosa, the company he worked for, is & # 39; the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms
Investigators believe there had been signs of water entering the mine a month prior to the accident, the Interfax news agency reported.
They suspect that Burkser and Alexander Mann, Mir & # 39; s former acting chief engineer who was also detained on Monday, were aware of the situation, but did not suspend operations or ensure that employees were not endangered, Interfax said.
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