Russian president visits scene of shopping centre blaze in which at least 64 people died

Vladimir Putin has said the high death toll from a fire at a shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo was the result of “criminal negligence”, during a visit to the scene of the blaze.

At least 64 people were killed in the fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon. Investigators said fire exits at the mall had been illegally blocked and the fire alarm system had not functioned properly.

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