Russian officials: don’t blame us for flood deaths

Guardian: Officials have insisted they are not to blame for the deaths of at least 171 people due to flash floods in southern Russia at the weekend, despite admitting they had advance knowledge of the weather event. "Do you think, my dears, that we could have warned each of you?" Alexander Tkachev, the long-serving head of southern Russia's Krasnodar region, said during a televised meeting with furious residents. "With what forces?" In an attempt to deflect blame, he later fired the head of the Krymsk......

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