Tyumen Reg resident guilty of forest fire to pay compensation

Tyumen Reg resident guilty of forest fire to pay compensation

14 January 2011

published by www.itar-tass.com

Russia — A resident of the Tyumen region, Vladimir Zenkov, charged with starting a forest fire last summer, will pay 456,000 roubles in compensation to the state for the damage done to the nature, the press service of the regional prosecutor’s office reported on Friday.

Last July, Zenkov with friends at leisure time was in woods near the village of Rafailovo. He threw a smoldering butt into grass and it caused a fire. As a result the blaze destroyed 0,7 hectares of the forest. The damage to the nature is estimated at 456,000 roubles.

According to the regional prosecutor’s senior aide Yelena Melnikova, the Isetsky district court, after considering the case, took a rather rare decision in jurisprudence practice – to force payment of a real sum of money from the culprit in compensation for the harm caused to the forest.

“Usually, it is very difficult to establish who is guilty of a forest fire, Melnikova noted. “And here investigators managed to establish all the participants of that picnic and find out who precisely was the “arsonist “.

Moreover, Zenkin is sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

According to the Tyumen regional forestry department, in the fire-hazardous season of 2010 the region reported 1,808 forest fires on the total area of 44.700 hectares. As Governor Vladimir Yakushev said, about 60 percent of the fires broke out through the fault of people.

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