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Putin orders nationwide safety inspections of Russia’s shopping and entertainment centers

March 28, 2018, 15:19 UTC+3

A fire in Kemerovo’s shopping and entertainment center on March 25 killed 64 people, including 41 children

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NOVO-OGARYOVO, March 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to probe into shopping and entertainment centers’ compliance with safety requirements. At the same time, he warned against approaching this task as a temporary campaign.

"We’ve discussed this already. In Kemerovo I talked about that with the colleagues. The activity of entertainment centers should be scrutinized," Putin said at a meeting with the government’s economy-related government ministers and the Kremlin staff.

"It is essential to ensure this should not be treated as a temporary campaign, but safety must be ensured. This is nakedly clear."

A fire in Kemerovo’s shopping and entertainment center on the fourth floor the Winter Cherry shopping mall on March 25 killed 64, including 41 children.

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