Funerals held of Russian Federation mall fire dead

Preliminary results of the Russian presidential election shown on a screen at the information center of the Russian Central Election Commission. Fourth right Ella Pamfilova chairperson of the Russian Central Election Commission

Burials began Wednesday for the victims of a fire that tore through a mall in Siberia, killing dozens of children between the ages of ten and 13, The Daily Mail reports.

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.

The pope sent a telegram Monday offering condolences for the dead, "especially the many children who lost their lives", and he offered blessings to those who are helping the injured and searching for the missing.

Russia's lead investigator looking into the fire blames a short-circuited wire as the most likely cause, according to The Moscow Times. An entire class of schoolchildren, roughly 40, were trapped inside with adults.

As the scandal over the fire tragedy unfolded, Western allies led by the UK, EU and the U.S. announced a coordinated expulsion of more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. "No fire alarm to be heard".

Television channels on Wednesday broadcast with a black ribbon on the screen or a message "Kemerovo - we mourn", while Orthodox Christian channel Spas aired a show called "Kemerovo: what can our prayers do?"

"The fire broke out in the foamed trampoline pool", the source said.

"The most terrible thing is that no one is going to be really punished for this", said Kirill, 28. "I breathed in so much smoke, I was coughing with black for another day".

Vladimir Chernov, the Vice Governor of Kemerovo region had difficulty to explain why 67 claims about missing people were filed to the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation.

President Vladimir Putin flew to the Siberian city of Kemerovo two days after the tragedy and laid roses at a makeshift memorial as critics questioned his response to one of the deadliest fires in Russian Federation over the past century.

Protesters stood outside government offices hurling demands of "Resign!" and accusations of "Murderers!" I identified them yesterday.

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