Seven days in photographs, December 5 - 11, 2009

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RIAN.Ru presents a photo review of the main events of December 5-11, 2009 in its Weekend project

RIAN.Ru presents a photo review of the main events of December 5-11, 2009 in its Weekend project

© RIA Novosti . Georgy Kurolesin / Go to the photo bank

A total of 142 people died after a fire that engulfed the Lame Horse night club in Perm in the early hours of December 5 after an indoor fireworks display went awry.

Perm fire victims - Sputnik International
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A total of 142 people died after a fire that engulfed the Lame Horse night club in Perm in the early hours of December 5 after an indoor fireworks display went awry.

© RIA Novosti . Mikhail Voskresenskikh / Go to the photo bank

The artistic director along with two other Lame Horse executives and the director of the fireworks supplier, are under investigation over the accident.
Negligence charges were brought against senior emergencies and fire safety officials in the city, who were sacked along with a host of other officials earlier this week. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Tragedy in Perm - Sputnik International
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The artistic director along with two other Lame Horse executives and the director of the fireworks supplier, are under investigation over the accident.
Negligence charges were brought against senior emergencies and fire safety officials in the city, who were sacked along with a host of other officials earlier this week. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

© RIA Novosti . Alexei Druzhinin / Go to the photo bank

On December 8 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Perm and laid flowers to the site of the tragedy. "All vices of our bureaucracy - its incompetence, corruptness - were reflected in the Perm tragedy," Putin said.

Vladimir Putin visits Perm - Sputnik International
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On December 8 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Perm and laid flowers to the site of the tragedy. "All vices of our bureaucracy - its incompetence, corruptness - were reflected in the Perm tragedy," Putin said.

© RIA Novosti . Grigory Sysoyev / Go to the photo bank

On December 10, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attended a European and Asian media forum organized by RIA Novosti that brought together more than 150 top media managers .

Dmitry Medvedev addresses European and Asian media forum - Sputnik International
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On December 10, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attended a European and Asian media forum organized by RIA Novosti that brought together more than 150 top media managers .

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On December 11, 1994, exactly 15 years ago, units of the Russian Defense Ministry and Interior Ministry crossed the administrative border with the Chechen Republic. The first Chechen campaign began and declared to restore constitutional order in Chechnya.

Federal forces enter Chechnya in 1994 - Sputnik International
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On December 11, 1994, exactly 15 years ago, units of the Russian Defense Ministry and Interior Ministry crossed the administrative border with the Chechen Republic. The first Chechen campaign began and declared to restore constitutional order in Chechnya.

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On December 8, Russian legendary actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov was buried at the Novodevichy Convent cemetery, the burial place for many Russian dignitaries.

Vyachelsav Tikhonov - Sputnik International
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On December 8, Russian legendary actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov was buried at the Novodevichy Convent cemetery, the burial place for many Russian dignitaries.

© RIA Novosti . Alexei Penkov / Go to the photo bank

On December 9, American pop diva Whitney Houston gave a concert in Moscow.

Whitney Houston in Moscow  - Sputnik International
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On December 9, American pop diva Whitney Houston gave a concert in Moscow.

© RIA Novosti . Yekaterina Chesnokova / Go to the photo bank

Darya Zhukova, the girlfriend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, has given birth to her first child, and the Russian billionaire's sixth, in California.

Darya Zhukova - Sputnik International
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Darya Zhukova, the girlfriend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, has given birth to her first child, and the Russian billionaire's sixth, in California.

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