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Bodies Of Moscow Fire Victims Flown Back To Kyrgyzstan

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

A Kyrgyz flag flies at half-staff in Bishkek in honor of 14 Kyrgyz migrant workers who died in a fire in Moscow on August 27.

A Kyrgyz flag flies at half-staff in Bishkek in honor of 14 Kyrgyz migrant workers who died in a fire in Moscow on August 27.

The bodies of 14 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan who were killed in a Moscow fire have been flown back to their country.

Two planes carrying the bodies arrived late on August 29 in the southern city of Osh and the capital, Bishkek.

Kyrgyzstan declared a national day of mourning after the August 27 blaze at a printing house.

Flags across Kyrgyzstan were lowered to half-staff and public entertainment events were canceled under the decree signed by President Almazbek Atambaev.

The mourning also was announced for the loss of nine Kyrgyz citizens who were killed in a road traffic accident on August 27.

Atambaev said the deaths were "a grievous loss for all citizens."

He also ordered local authorities to provide the families of the victims with assistance.

In Moscow, citizens were laying flowers outside of Kyrgyzstan's embassy to express condolences over the deaths in the fire.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian authorities would conduct a thorough investigation and that all of those found to be responsible for the tragedy would be held accountable.

With reporting by TASS, AP, AFP, and Reuters
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