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    METRO CHAIN WHOLESALER FOUND GUILTY OF MOSCOW STORE COLLAPSE

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 3 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Wholesaler & warehouse retailer Metro has been found guilty of the recent collapse of the roof of one of its Moscow outlets, despite the company having an international certificate as to the building's consistency with the European architectural standards, reports Vladimir Malyshkov, a minister in the Moscow city government and the heads of the department of consumer market & services. The accident occurred February 28, causing considerable material damage and injuring eight people, three of whom were hospitalized, according to Moscow emergencies officials.

    The trading company shall now pay the damages and give a thorough examination to all of its other premises in Moscow, Malyshkov told the media Wednesday.

    Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has issued a resolution obliging all of the city's structures, even those whose compliance with the European standards has been officially certified, to undergo a test for the ability to endure the local climatic conditions, he said.

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