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Latvia to issue free of charge visas for relatives of Russians killed in mall in Riga

November 23, 2013, 22:07 UTC+3 RIGA
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RIGA, November 23, 21:19 /ITAR-TASS/. Latvia will issue free of charge visas for relatives of Russian citizens, who were killed as the Maxima supermarket’s roof collapsed in Riga, local mass media report.

“The Latvian Embassy in Russia is ready to immediately prepare free of charge visas for relatives who want to arrive in Latvia,” Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said.

Policemen say fifty-four people, including three rescuers, died in the collapse. At least 40 people receive traumas. Among them are 13 rescuers. Twenty-nine people have been taken to hospital. Other people have refused to go to hospital and provided first medical assistance on the spot.

Two Russian citizens and a woman, citizen of Armenia, have been reported among victims of the collapse. Relatives of Russians, who died in a supermarket collapse in the Latvian capital, have been informed on the tragedy, press attachй of the Russian Embassy in Latvia Liana Dulova told Itar-Tass.

“The Latvian Foreign Ministry informed us that two Russians - a man born in 1945 and a woman born in 1974 - died in the collapse in Riga. They have temporary resident permit in Latvia. Their relatives are currently in Riga and informed on the tragedy,” she said.

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