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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 December, 2003, 20:35 GMT
Rector charged over Moscow blaze
People lay flowers outside the charred hostel
The university caters for some 10,000 foreign students
The rector of a Moscow university where 38 mainly foreign students died in a dormitory blaze last month has been charged with causing their deaths.

Prosecutors accused Dmitry Bilibin of "violation of fire safety regulations leading to death through negligence".

Investigators said at least 36 safety rules had been breached, including a lack of fire alarms or loudspeakers.

Most of the dead in the Friendship of the Peoples University blaze were students from developing countries.

Mr Bilibin resigned from his post after the fire but has remained as the university's acting rector.

Of the bodies of the 38 people who died at the scene of the fire or later of their injuries, four have still to be identified.

Wednesday saw the first 11 bodies to be handed over to families since the blaze on 24 November.

In addition to the deaths, more than 180 people were injured, some of them receiving fractures as they jumped from the five-storey building in the middle of the night to escape the flames and some frostbitten as they waited for emergency services.

Students from China, Vietnam, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Angola, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Palestine, Malaysia and other countries were among the dead or injured.


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