Hidden epidemic killing more in Russia than anywhere else in world

Hidden epidemic killing more in Russia than anywhere else in world

More Russians die in fires than in any other country in the world, the nation’s top emergency services official has said, blaming the dubious distinction on a lack of regulations.

“A new fire starts every minute in Russia, and every hour, someone dies and someone is injured,” Alexander Chupriyan, interim minister of emergency situations, told business daily RBK in an interview published Friday. “We’re in first place for fire deaths per capita, with 5.8 per 100,000. That’s higher than other post-Soviet countries, and also higher than in developed nations like Germany or the US.”

The minister called for stricter fire-prevention regulations to avert industrial accidents, and rejected the idea that such measures would be too expensive for businesses, pointing out that the human cost is already enormous. “If norms and regulations were implemented, then people wouldn’t die,” he said. “There would be fewer losses if evacuation routes weren’t blocked, if…

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