Fire kills five foreign workers in Russia: officials

10th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Five foreign migrant workers, possibly from Vietnam, died Thursday as a result of a fire at a factory near Moscow, the Russian emergencies ministry said.

The fire broke out early morning at a factory in the town of Ivanteyevka to the north-east of Moscow, the emergencies ministry said in a statement, adding that firefighters found five bodies.

It did not provide further details but a ministry spokesman told AFP that those perished in the fire were foreign workers, possibly from Vietnam.

Scores of people die in Russia each year due to lax enforcement of fire safety regulations and inadequate Soviet-era infrastructure.

Human rights activists have repeteadly voiced concern that migrant workers are one of the most vulnerable groups in Russia and face abuses like the withholding of wages and poor work conditions.

© 2011 AFP

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