Inquiry into Russia hydro plant accident concluded

A probe into a deadly 2009 accident at Russia's largest hydroelectric facility, Sayano-Shushenskaya, has been completed, wire services reported.

The accident killed 75 people, and another 85 people were injured after water swept through the engine room at the hydro plant in eastern Siberia.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the investigative committee at the Russian Prosecutor General's office, said seven people, including the plant's former head Nikolai Nevolko and his deputies, were charged with safety breaches, RIA Novosti news service reported.

Located more than 4,000 kilometers east of Moscow in the remote region of Khakassia, the Sayano-Shushenskaya plant is one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the world.

Reconstruction of the hydro project is now under way. The Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro project had a capacity of 6,400 MW.

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