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Friday, June 22, 2007

Yet Another Fire Tragedy in Putin's Russia

Not only are the crazed policies of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin placing the Russian people at risk of yet another cold war, like the one that destoyed the USSR, but Russia has one of the highest murder rates in the world, so it also lacks domestic security. And there are many threats to Russians beyond murder, with fire being one of the outstanding examples. The Associated Press reports yet another horrific example of the latter:

A fire swept through a nursing home Thursday and killed at least 10 people, the latest in a series of deadly fires, many of which were caused by rampant neglect of safety rules. Four people were hospitalized with burns and other injuries, the Omsk regional administration said in a statement. "The delay resulted in fatalities," Beltsov told The Associated Press. Russia records nearly 18,000 fire deaths a year, several times the per capita rate in the United States and other Western countries. Deadly blazes at schools, hospitals and other state-run facilities in recent years have revealed official negligence and rampant violations of fire safety rules. In Kamyshevatskaya it took firefighters almost an hour to get to the fire site from a larger town, but on Thursday firefighters arrived at the nursing home in just five minutes after receiving information about the fire, Beltsov said. The Omsk regional administration said that local authorities had spent more than $770,000 over the last two years to renovate the nursing home building and it was considered one of the best in the region, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

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