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Moscow Subway Employees Found Guilty Over Deadly Accident

A court in Moscow has convicted four employees of Moscow's subway system of violating safety regulations in connection with an accident that killed two dozen people.

The convictions were issued against Anatoly Kruglov, the deputy director of Spetstekhstroi, the state-owned firm responsible for subway repairs, as well as three employees of Moscow's Metropoliten subway: Valery Bashkatov, Yury Gordov, and Aleksei Trofimov.

Prospectors have asked for the four men to be jailed for up to six years. Sentencing was expected by November 10.

On July 15, 2014, three subway cars jumped off the tracks while traveling at 70 kilometers per hour between the Slaviansky Boulevard and Park Pobedy stations during morning rush hour, killing 24 people.

Eighteen of the victims were Russian citizens and six were foreigners -- including two Chinese, two Tajiks, one Kyrgyz citizen, and a Moldovan.

Ivan Besedin, the head of Moscow's Metropolitan subway at the time of the accident, was sacked over the tragedy.

The accident was the deadliest in the history of Moscow's subway system, which began operations in 1935.

Based on reporting by RIA and Interfax