Support The Moscow Times!

Moscow Holds Day of Mourning as Metro Death Toll Rises to 22

People lay flowers outside the Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy metro stations as Moscow holds a day of mourning. 1tv.ru

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin declared Wednesday a day of mourning for the 22 people killed in a devastating metro crash the day before, as Muscovites gathered to lay flowers outside a subway station near the site of the accident.

Flags were flying at half mast in the capital, and Sobyanin asked broadcasters to cancel entertainment programs throughout the day of mourning, which is being held to "express grief for the dead and condolences to their families," news agency Interfax reported.

Sobyanin has also ordered his city government to conduct an additional investigation into the crash that will be carried out independently of the metro authorities, his spokeswoman Gulnara Penkova said, Interfax reported.

The crash on Tuesday, which saw saw three cars derail between the western Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy metro stations, killed 22 people, including six foreigners — two Chinese nationals, two citizens of Tajikistan, a woman from Kyrgyzstan and a woman from Moldova, Interfax reported, citing Moscow emergency services.

More than 215 other people were injured in the crash, including 56 people who were in serious or "extremely serious" condition, Interfax reported.

While Park Pobedy metro station remained closed and blocked off by a police cordon on Wednesday morning, Muscovites gathered to place flowers and light candles at a flower bed near the entrance to the station, Interfax reported.


See also:

Metro Officials Dismissed Warnings in Weeks Before Deadly Crash

At Least 21 Killed in Moscow Metro Rush-Hour Crash

See our Photo Gallery:

Moscow Mourns Victims of Fatal Metro Crash


… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more