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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poll Finds Just 6% Who Blame Chubais for RusHydro Disaster

More Russians believe that plant management and even President Dmitry Medvedev are at fault for the August dam disaster than they do Anatoly Chubais, the former UES chief blamed in a government investigation, according to a VTsIOM poll released Tuesday.

Thirty-nine percent of Russians say the management of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant is responsible for the Aug. 17 accident that killed 75 workers, the poll said.

Firms connected to top management at the dam were doing repairs on the turbine where the accident started and the executives’ commercial side projects could have distracted them from their responsibilities at Sayano-Shushenskaya, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said last month.

Fourteen percent of respondents blamed Medvedev and the government for the accident, while workers at the plant, controlled by state-run RusHydro, were blamed by 7 percent.

Chubais — who was named in a report by the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Atomic Inspection as being among those responsible for conditions leading to the accident — was named by 6 percent of the poll’s 1,400 respondents.

The survey’s margin of error was 3.4 percentage points.

The results came as a working group of lawmakers looking into the accident released its report on the causes. State Duma Deputy Vladimir Pekhtin blamed irresponsible workers and abuse of authority by the station’s managers.

“You don’t have to go far, looking for redheads and fringe elements. … One of the reasons for the accident was the impermissibly low level of professional responsibility among those who worked at the station and those who were in charge at the moment of the accident,” Pekhtin told reporters Tuesday.