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Death toll in Russian nightclub fire rises to 136

Emergency services remove victims from the Perm nightclub
Emergency services remove victims from the nightclub

The death toll from last weekend's nightclub fire in Russia has risen to 136, local officials say.

The blaze, in the Lame Horse nightclub in the city of Perm, was triggered by an indoor fireworks display.

More than 140 people were injured in the blaze, some seriously, and almost 100 remain in hospital.

Four people, including the club's co-owner, were charged on Monday over the blaze and are in police custody. The nightclub's founder died on Wednesday.

Alexander Titlyanov succumbed to injuries sustained in the fire.

Mr Titlyanov, who prosecutors said founded the nightclub and owned an 85% stake in it, had been a suspect in a criminal case opened into the blaze.


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin harshly criticised Perm officials during a visit to the site of the tragedy on Tuesday.

"I simply don't understand how fireworks can be used indoors when it's written clearly and in Russian: 'Do not use indoors,'" Mr. Putin said in televised remarks.

Several regional fire safety officials have been suspended over the blaze, and the Perm regional administration, including the mayor, resigned on Wednesday, although everyone has retained their posts on an acting basis.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has demanded that those found responsible be punished with the full force of the law.

Russian Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu has called for spot checks on all Russia's nightclubs to be completed before the end of the year.

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