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The brother of one of the miners trapped underground at the Mir Mine in Yakutia, Alexey Maryin, who expressed disbelief in how the search and rescue operation was carried out and accused its organizers of hiding information, spent today two and a half hours in the mine. This was reported by the press service of ALROSA. He descended underground at 8.30 local time, together with the search and rescue group of the morning shift consisting of 22 people of mine rescuers and volunteer miners. The descent was accompanied by the representative of the Industrial Safety Department of ALROSA. Together with the rescuers, Alexey Maryin inspected the workings of the ventilation and stowing gallery.

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After he was lifted from the mine, he told about the progress of the search and rescue operation in an interview given to a correspondent of a local television channel.

Did they tell you about the progress of the work?

There are two rescue teams working in one direction and there is a group of volunteer miners working in another direction. They are doing everything they can. All that is in their power.

Did you see how the rescuers are working there?

Yes. They are cutting pipes, moving away boulders, clearing blockages and preparing everything else. It is not as simple as it seems down there. It is serious.

Have they explained everything to you?

Of course, but what should I be explained? I know everything, I am a miner myself. There is nothing more to say. The task is to remove the rubble and get the guys, but this takes time.

In connection with the recent speculation and rumors about the situation at the Mir Mine and the search and rescue operations that are spreading across various Internet resources and messengers, ALROSA found it necessary to state that the employees of ALROSA have no relations to the publication of such messages. "We draw your attention to the fact that false information only exacerbates the feelings of sadness experienced by the relatives of the missing miners, whose search continues, and also misleads all those who follow the search and rescue operations," the company said in a statement published on Saturday. “News and reports on the progress of the search operation at the Mir Mine are regularly published on the website of the Emergencies Ministry of Russia, as well as on the website of ALROSA. All those who are interested in obtaining reliable information about the search and rescue operations, are invited to turn to official and proven sources. We also inform that the Police Department of Mirny notified the company that the law enforcement agencies increased preventive measures to maintain public safety in Mirny and to counter the spreading of anonymous messages, which are provocative in nature and contain calls for protest actions despite the emergency regime introduced in the city after the accident at the Mir Mine. For its part, ALROSA urges the residents of Mirny not to succumb to these provocations and appeals, as they complicate the work of the rescue headquarters and jeopardize the search and rescue operations at the Mir Mine.”

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