Patients at a psychiatric hospital outside of Moscow have been evacuated by staff after a fire broke out at the medical centre in Noginsk, a city 34 kilimotres outside of Moscow.
— Пятый канал Новости (@5tv) March 30, 2018
The blaze is the fourth such major fire to ignite at a large building in Russia in less than a week is necessarily raising question about whether the four fires were really just coincidental or part of coordinated acts of calculated criminality.
On the 18th of March , 64 people were killed as a raging inferno engulfed a shopping centre in the Siberian town of Kemerovo. The following day, fire broke out on the top levels of an apartment tower in the Chechen capital Grozny.
On the 20th, a large fire is current burning through a car dealership in St. Petersburg.
While President Putin blamed the deadly Kemerovo fire on “criminal negligence”, the increasingly regular occurrence of fires in large public buildings in Russia may be due to more than traditional definitions of negligence.
During last week’s memorial for the victims of the Kemerovo fire, some agitators associated with the extremist criminal Alexei Navalny chanted hateful slogans about the Russian government. At minimum, turning a memorial for the victims of a tragedy into an unsanctioned extremist rally is a grossly despicable offence to common decency. However, given the fact that this week has see large fires in different regions of the Russian Federation, one must necessarily question whether there is some calculated foul play at hand?
Of course, the blazes could be coincidental, but their proximity in time means that one cannot help but question if something more sinister might be behind the series of fires.