Residents in the Russian city of Perm have begun the grim task of identifying and burying the dead after Friday’s devastating nightclub fire.
Some 112 people died and 26 others are still in a critical condition with severe burns after the inferno, caused by fireworks being set off within the club. Nadezhda Zhizhina lost her 21-year old son in the blaze. “The club’s owners should be punished to the maximum,” she said. “We will not let this lie. I will take this to court. My son’s wife is nine months pregnant. How is she going to live now?” Sergei Prokofiev, whose step-brother was among the victims, is another looking for justice. He said: “the dreams of these people will never come true, their potential burnt to ashes in a horrible way, just like people were burned by fascists.” A criminal investigation is under way and five people including the club owner have been arrested. It has been reported the club had ignored previous warnings about fire safety. President Dmitri Medvedev called the drama a crime and said those who set off the fireworks in the club “have neither brains nor scruples.”