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Moscow rallies to remember Kemerovo fire victims

March 27, 21:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Earlier on Tuesday, a similar rally began in Manezhnaya Square near the Kremlin

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MOSCOW, March 27. /TASS/. Muscovites, many with children, have come to Moscow’s Pushkinskaya Square to remember those killed in Sunday’s disastrous fire at a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, a TASS correspondent reported from the site.

The people are standing in silence, some are holding white balloons and posters reading "Moscow is Mourning." Many people have brought flowers and lay them to the bottom of the Pushkin monument.

Security at the rally that is to last till 22:00 Moscow time is ensured by police officers. The situation is calm.

Earlier on Tuesday, a similar rally began in Manezhnaya Square near the Kremlin. People are bringing flowers, candles and toys to a special place at the Kremlin’s Corner Arsenal Tower.

A remembrance rally was also held in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg. More than a thousand of people gathered in the central Palace Square.

A fire in Kemerovo’s shopping center on March 25 killed 64, including 41 children. Another 68 survivors turned to medics for assistance. Fifteen of them are in the hospital. Putin signed a decree to declare March 28 a national day of mourning. Earlier, three-day mourning (March 27-29) was declared in Kemerovo. Flags are flying at half-mast and all public entertainments have been canceled.

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