Protesters Call For Full Investigation Into Russian Mall Fire

The journalists were driving to one of the malls in the Russian city of Vladimir for an inspection in wake of the deadly fire in the "Winter Cherry" shopping center in Kemerovo, which claimed dozens of lives. Investigators and witnesses say the mall exits were blocked and no alarm went off.

Relatives of victims say they have compiled a list of 85 people, majority children, who are still missing.

Mr Putin laid flowers at a makeshift memorial to the victims in the coal-producing region about 3,600km east of Moscow, before chairing a meeting of top officials. "Why? Because of some criminal negligence, because of slovenliness". "Murderers!" the crowd chanted as she finished her story, reported Al Jazeera.

Deputy Governor Sergei Tsivilyov talks to Kemerovo residents on March 27. They died because of irresponsibility of management. "They were calling from there, asking for help: 'We're locked in, we're suffocating!' No one helped because when the blaze broke out, everyone ran away". Some of the protesters say that officials must be fired over the incident.

Flags were lowered and entertainment events cancelled for the day of mourning, three days after the devastating blaze on Sunday in the city of Kemerovo. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who visited the site, has declared a national day of mourning today.

At the demonstration, there were calls for Kemerovo's governor, Aman Tuleyev, to resign. The first funerals of the victims are to be held Wednesday morning in Kemerovo, a city of half a million that has been paralyzed with grief. "These ruling powers killed them", said 26-year-old Varvara Mikhailova. And I could not imagine that the scale (of the tragedy) would be that big.

Russian state television on Tuesday showed footage from inside the charred movie theatre, where the roof had entirely collapsed.

The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, said ticket collectors and other staff fled the scene, leaving movie-goers locked inside.

Tass cited the Russian Emergencies Ministry as saying the earlier report of 64 missing included the 37 victims whose bodies had been recovered but not yet identified. That may have accounted for the large number of young victims.

"Why did this torment happen to you, our angel? I love you", he said she had told him.

The fire alarm system had not been working since March 19 but those responsible had not made any effort to fix it, Bastrykin said.

Sixty-four people, including 41 children, have died in a Siberian mall fire. The director, Nadezhda Suddenok, told the court that she believed that the fire was caused by arson. That official said that the initial suspicion is that a child had a cigarette lighter, which burned the foam rubber in the room.


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