March 27, 2018 / 10:31 AM / 4 months ago

Russia declares mourning on March 28 after deadly mall fire: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a day of national mourning on Wednesday after a fire at a shopping mall in Siberia killed 64 people, Interfax reported on Tuesday.

Members of the Emergency Situations Ministry work to extinguish a fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia March 25, 2018. Picture taken March 25, 2018. REUTERS/Maksim Lisov NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Putin flew to the scene of the fire on Tuesday and promised angry residents that those responsible for what he called criminal negligence would be harshly punished.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, writing by Katya Golubkova, editing by Angus MacSwan

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