Flags flew at half-staff across Russian Federation on Wednesday as the country mourned 64 victims - many of them children - of a shopping mall fire in Siberia.
"Twelve people, including two children, are staying in the hospital, and 67 received ambulatory medical treatment, including 25 children", a headquarters representative said.
At least 64 people have been confirmed dead in the fire that engulfed the Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo on Sunday, the first weekend of the school recess, when it was packed with parents and children. According to recent reports, the blaze killed 64 people, including 41 children.
Wednesday was declared a day of mourning in Russian Federation, and thousands of people have been bringing flowers and stuffed toys to makeshift memorials across the country.
Officials investigating the Kemerovo shopping mall fire have allegedly found numerous safety code violations at the shopping complex, including blocked exits and a malfunctioning fire alarm system.
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Funerals for the dead began in Kemerovo Wednesday, with the first services taking place at the Kirovskoye cemetery.
Nearly all the bodies have been recovered, many of which could be identified only via DNA testing. "Because of criminal negligence, because of slovenliness", Putin said. Five people have so far been detained in connection with the fire.
Russian Federation has rigorous fire safety rules and a system of regular inspections, but these efforts are undermined by endemic corruption which affects many aspects of life in the country of 144 million people. As a result, many companies prefer to pay bribes instead of complying with outdated and excessive regulations, including fire safety rules.
The inspections, targeting malls in Russian Federation with "entertainment centers" and movie theaters, are scheduled to wrap up on April 16.
At a Moscow gathering on Tuesday attended by several thousand people, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, protesters held banners reading "Bribes kill children" and "We demand a real investigation".