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Russian nightclub owner seeks clemency in fire deaths

Prosecutors are seeking up to 10 years for the fire that killed 156 club goers


PERM, Russia — The owner of Perm's nightclub Khromaya Loshad /Lame Horse/ where 156 people died in a fire, told the court he was not guilty, and asked for a softer punishment. Earlier, the prosecutor for the state had demanded 10 years in jail for Anatoly Zak.

The fire at the Perm nightclub broke out overnight to December 5, 2009, as it was marking the first anniversary of its establishment. One hundred and fifty-six people died of carbon monoxide and other toxic combustion gases poisoning and another 65 suffered serious harm to health. The authorities recognized 404 people to be the victims within the criminal case.

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