ALROSA President Sergey Ivanov reports from the emergency response center in Mirny:
– As of 10.30 pm MSK (4.30 am local time), the rescue operation aimed at finding 9 miners continues. A team of more than 100 rescuers is working in the mine. When the accident happened, there were 151 miners underground, 142 of them are safe and sound now.
Mikhail Lopatinsky, Director of Mirny Mining and Processing Division, has been banned from managing until the post-accident inspection is completed.