Deadly fire in Russia sheds light on lax regulations

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Officials blamed safety violations and negligence on a fire that killed at least 62 residents at a Russian nursing home earlier this week.

Many of those who died at the home for the elderly and disabled in southern Russia were confined to their beds. The tragedy highlights concerns over lax safety standards and enforcement in the country, a report in The New York Times said. Substandard construction and few fire-safety features characterize many Russian buildings, according to officials.

The fire is reported to be the deadliest nursing home fire in the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 15 years ago.