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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cyanide Spill Case

MOSCOW -- Residents living near the site of a deadly cyanide spill in Kyrgyzstan have begun moving back to their homes, a news agency reported Thursday.

More than 4,000 people were evacuated after a truck carrying an estimated 1,700 kilograms of cyanide crashed into the Barskaan River on May 20, killing four and sending more than 400 to the hospital.

Citing the government commission investigating the spill, Interfax said Gerhard Glattes, the former president of the Kumtor Operating Co., was being interrogated by the Kyrgyz Security Ministry. It said that a legal case has been opened on charges of damaging the environment, which can carry punishment from 12 to 20 years in prison.