The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Ivanovich Bastrykin expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the miners who suffered as a result of the accident at the Listvyazhnaya mine:
"I express my deep condolences to the relatives of the victims of the monstrous tragedy at the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo Region. The untimely death of a loved one is always a pain of irreparable loss, and the minutes of uncertainty are painful and hard.
What happened is a tragedy for the whole country. I am convinced that everyone sincerely hopes for the salvation of those who still remain underground.
It is difficult to find words of support in this situation, but I assure you that the Investigative Committee will investigate all the circumstances of what has happened as thoroughly as possible. Investigators will establish the causes and all those guilty, whose actions or inaction have had horrific consequences, which turned to grief and pain of loss for the relatives of the miners.
The families of the dead and injured miners must be strong and patient in coping with the disaster. Heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured."