Russian Governor Resigns over Siberia Mall Fire That Killed 64

(From The Guardian)

Aman Tuleyev, the longtime governor of Russia’s Kemerovo region where a huge shopping mall fire killed at least 64 people last weekend, has resigned.

“I submitted my resignation letter to the Russian president,” he said in a three-minute video address released by his office on Sunday.

Tuleyev, who had been at the helm of the key coal-mining region since 1997, said he could no longer remain at his post with “such a heavy burden” and added that his resignation was “the only right choice”.

At least 64 people – including 41 children – died when a huge fire ravaged a mall in the industrial city of Kemerovo in western Siberia last Sunday.

The disaster – in which some parents lost all their children – shocked Russia. Many people who lost relatives have said they died because of the inaction of firefighters and police lacking the necessary equipment and skills.

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