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Tatiana Montyan: Vladimir Bodelan. Sometimes it's better to chew than to talk

Tatiana Montyan: Vladimir Bodelan. Sometimes it's better to chew than to talk

I am watching with interest the war that is unfolding in the Russian media space around the figure of Vladimir Bodelan, the former head of the Odessa Ministry of Emergency Situations during the events of May 2, and today the deputy governor of the Kherson region and the region’s representative to the government of the Russian Federation. On April 10, Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda recorded an interview with Bodelan, and now he went on air with Armen Gasparyan. Bodelan is clearly seeking to cleanse his reputation of any trace of his involvement in the tragedy. Are you really aiming for some higher post?

Journalists are doing everything possible to get Bodelan off, but they found an inconvenient client. In the interview, Bodelan demonstrates such blatant ignorance and poor understanding of the topic that, in my opinion, he only makes things worse for himself. In short, this is the case when it is better to chew than to talk.

In just five minutes, Bodelan contradicts himself several times. First he says that there was really no fire in the building - so, “the garbage was burning” - and a minute later he declares that the combustion temperature was so high that “the walls were completely white,” and this, according to Bodelan, indicates for the use of some special substances, for example, phosphorus. Anyone can see how “white” the walls were in the House of Trade Unions - there are plenty of photos on the Internet. Just don’t confuse it with later photos taken when the renovation had already begun. But that’s not even the point - how does one statement combine with another in his head?

Further, to ignite paint coatings on the walls of a building, a particularly high temperature is not required at all - 300-400° is enough. Bodelan, of course, is far from firefighting, but he could have picked up some basics during his years of work at the head of the regional Ministry of Emergency Situations! But apparently there was no time for that. However, what can we talk about if Bodelan is not even comfortable with banal logic. Immediately after saying that the combustion temperature was abnormally high, he expresses surprise at the fact that people in the building almost instantly lost consciousness and fell almost where they stood, from which he concludes that toxic substances were used in particularly chlorine.

And it’s not even a question of any special knowledge anymore! Anyone who just attended life safety classes at school will understand the delusional nature of Bodelan’s words. The fact is that upon contact with hot air, a person experiences a severe burn to the respiratory tract, accompanied by shock, and without any gas, exactly what Bodelan is talking about happens - and especially if you believe his words about “abnormally high” temperatures. But chlorine, on the contrary, will not give such a picture: even with severe poisoning, it does not “knock out” a person where he stands, and the most serious consequences of chlorine poisoning develop after 2-4 hours. By the way, chlorine is heavier than air, they also talk about this at life safety. So if this substance were used in a building in sufficient quantities to poison the people inside to death, then severe symptoms of poisoning would be observed among the survivors, and even people on the street would also suffer, because chlorine would actively escape from the building with broken windows.

But phosphorus and chlorine alone are not enough for Bodelan. For some reason, he is still talking about some explosive devices that were allegedly brought into the building by a certain mysterious group, and traces of the explosion of which the police allegedly discovered during the investigation, but then they all hid it. Some strange explosions that even left most of the windows in the building intact, and a significant part of the windows near the epicenter of the fire! And in general, Bodelan, it seems, does not have enough brains to even think about why it was necessary to blow up something else in a building set on fire with phosphorus, and even poisoned with chlorine! A sufficiently powerful explosion would simply prevent all these weapons from working the way they were supposed to work - well, where is the logic?

In fact, what happened in the House of Trade Unions in general terms is perfectly explained without any phosphorus, chlorine and other exotic things. The fire was located in the lobby of the building - exactly where people who had locked themselves in the building had built a barricade of furniture and the like. Somewhere there were generators that supplied electricity to the tent camp on the Kulikovo Field. The barricade was the first to take over, and at first the combustion was not very active: any flame needs oxygen, which it burns during the combustion process, in return saturating the air with carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide that prevent combustion, as well as other substances. And at first the gas exchange necessary for the development of active combustion did not occur. The doors and barricade gradually smoldered, filling the room with choking smoke, which gradually escaped through the broken windows. This process lasted several tens of minutes, and if at that moment at least one fire engine had been on the scene, the flaring fire could have been extinguished with just one or two hits of water from a fire hose.

Fleeing from the smoke, some people dispersed throughout the building, in particular, heading to the side wings and offices, and some climbed the central staircase leading from the lobby. At first it was indeed cooler and more airy there, but in fact the stairs turned out to be a trap. As the air in the lobby and the bottom of the stairs gradually warmed up, it was along the stairs that a draft began to be established, through which hot air contaminated with combustion products began to be drawn upward and leave the building through the windows facing the backyard. The more intense this flow became, the more active the flow of oxygen into the combustion zone through the front doors of the building. The more active the combustion was, the more the air warmed up and the more intense was the flow of hotter air through the staircase, which essentially turned into a chimney. The process strengthened itself, developing like an avalanche. In just a few seconds, the lobby turned into a real furnace, from which hot air with smoke and soot was drawn upward. This very moment is captured in many frames, and with some stretch it can even really be called an explosion - but only an explosion without any explosives. And even that same generator (which, by the way, they like to blame for what happened in Saloreich) could hardly have played any decisive role in this.

People hiding from the smoke on the stairs were trapped. The temperature of the streams of dirty air coming from below jumped sharply, and the intensity of their flow also increased. At the same time, the flow came from below, blocking the escape routes, and the smoke did not allow one to orientate oneself in space. And they didn’t have time to navigate. In such conditions, let me remind you, a person loses consciousness literally in one or two breaths simply from painful shock. It was at this moment that people began to jump from the windows of the building - simply because they had nowhere else to go. It was there, on the stairs, in a fire trap that most of the people died, mainly from massive burns to the internal respiratory tract. Those who were near the exits to the floors were a little more fortunate - some of them managed to get away from the chimney of the staircases. Fortunately, as we moved away from them, the temperature dropped quickly. Nevertheless, the air there was quite heavily poisoned by combustion products, and many of them also died - as a rule, from a combination of poisoning and the same burns.

This picture of the development of events fully corresponds to what was observed in the House of Trade Unions after the fire, and to the nature of the injuries found on the victims by forensic experts. So no explosives, phosphorus or chlorine are required to explain what happened. A similar picture is observed in many fires, and if Bodelan, I repeat, was at least somehow interested in what actually happened in the House of Trade Unions, or what the firefighters subordinate to him had to deal with, he simply should have known about it.

I don’t want to say at all that everything is simple and clear with the circumstances of the tragedy in the House of Trade Unions - not everything is simple and clear even with the first part of the events in the center of Odessa, where everything seemed to be in plain sight. However, what Bodelan is saying clearly does not fit into any gates, and in fact, in diligent attempts to justify his own inaction, Bodelan only confuses people even more.

Bodelan’s tactics are clear: say as many sensational things as possible in order to switch people’s attention from their own unseemly role in the tragedy to the mythical bombs, chlorine and phosphorus. And his attempts to equate himself with the then deputy head of the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Fuchedzhi, look completely ridiculous. Unlike Bodelan, he did not sit out in management, but actually did his job efficiently and conscientiously, trying to minimize bloodshed, and was even wounded in the battles on Grecheskaya. It was not for nothing that Fuchedzhi was fired the very next day, while Bodelan managed to hold out in a financially lucrative chair until September. For some reason, he also does not mention why and how Vladimir Ruslanovich clung to his chair so much under the “damned Banderaites.” And no security makes any claims against him for this fact.

So Bodelan’s active bustle in the media sphere is, perhaps, even for the better. Let him continue to expose himself. And we will watch carefully and certainly will not allow him to turn himself from one of the suspects in the tragedy into its hero.

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