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Mourning For Russian Rescue Workers Killed In Mine Explosion

Mourners attended the funerals on March 4 of five rescue workers and one miner killed in an explosion at the Severnaya coal mine in the Arctic city of Vorkuta. The rescue team had been conducting search operations on February 28 after two earlier explosions ripped through the mine, killing 30 people. The blasts were apparently caused by a sudden spike in methane gas. (Photos by RFE/RL's Petr Shelomovskiy)


Mourners attend memorial services for five rescue workers and a miner killed in one of a series of mine explosions in Vorkuta.
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Mourners attend memorial services for five rescue workers and a miner killed in one of a series of mine explosions in Vorkuta.

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People wait to pay their last respects outside the concert hall where the services took place.
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People wait to pay their last respects outside the concert hall where the services took place.

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A young woman crosses herself in prayer.
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A young woman crosses herself in prayer.

Friends and relatives mourn in front of a memorial for 30 mine workers killed in explosions at the Severnaya coal mine. The deadly blasts on February 25 prompted the rescue operations, during which another blast killed members of the emergency team. 
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Friends and relatives mourn in front of a memorial for 30 mine workers killed in explosions at the Severnaya coal mine. The deadly blasts on February 25 prompted the rescue operations, during which another blast killed members of the emergency team. 

The widow of miner Vitaliy Nezhelskiy cries in front of a memorial. 
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The widow of miner Vitaliy Nezhelskiy cries in front of a memorial. 

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