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Russia: Police in Siberia arrest two safety inspectors on charges of suspected criminal negligence

Police in Siberia arrested two safety inspectors suspected of criminal negligence on Friday as Russia’s coal mining heartland mourned the deaths of 51 people in one of its worst mine disasters since Soviet times. Regional governor Sergei Tsivilyov said a methane explosion was the likely cause of Thursday’s accident at the mine near the town […]

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Russia: Death toll in Siberia mine tragedy jumps past 50

Fifty-one people have been killed in Russia’s worst mining disaster in a decade, prompting three days of mourning in Siberia’s Kemerovo region. Among the dead were five rescue workers, although a sixth was found alive and taken to hospital in a serious condition. The blast happened at the Listvyazhnaya mine when coal dust caught fire […]

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At least 11 people dead, dozens trapped in Siberian mining accident

At least 11 people died in an accident at a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia on Thursday, and an operation to rescue dozens more people stuck underground was suspended due to the risk of an explosion, the region’s governor said. Coal dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snowbound […]