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Putin blasts, 'greed' over Volga boat tragedy

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Putin blasts, 'greed' over Volga boat tragedy


Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin has visited the scene of the Volga boat tragedy. Twenty people are still missing, at least 113 are now dead in the accident.

The premier laid a wreath at the port from where the vessel, Bulgaria had left four days ago. Two people have already been arrested as anger over the tragedy in which at least two dozen children have died grows. Putin’s words echoed the mounting disquiet.

“So many victims, so many dead children. It is horrible that we must pay such a price for irresponsibility, complacency, greed and a crude violation of the basic safety requirements,” he said.

The search for remaining bodies is now being wound down as work is due to start to raise the Bulgaria which sank in minutes during a thunderstorm on a broad stretch of the Volga in Tatarstan.

Prosecutors have said the boat did not have a licence to carry passengers and had an engine problem when it left port.

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