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Two prisoners dead in Moscow fire

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The fire at Matrosskaya Tishina - the notorious prison whose list of former inmates includes ex-Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky - was reported at 5.50 a.m.

MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - A fire in a Moscow detention center has left two prisoners dead, a prison service official said Friday.

"According to provisional reports, two people have died," Alexander Sidorov said.

He said four others - one member of the prison's security staff and three firefighters - were injured, but all refused hospital treatment.

The fire at Matrosskaya Tishina - the notorious prison whose list of former inmates includes ex-Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky - was reported at 5.50 a.m. Moscow time (1.50 a.m. GMT) and extinguished within an hour, Sidorov said.

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