Deadly Moscow subway crash does not prompt Belarusians to bring flowers to Russian embassy in Minsk

Nobody is bringing flowers or candles to the Russian embassy in Minsk to commemorate the victims of the July 15 Moscow subway crash, the embassy’s spokesman, Vladimir Marchukov, told BelaPAN on Wednesday.

Mr. Marchukov said he could not understand why Belarusians were not doing so. "Belarusians are usually the first to offer their sympathy to Russia over tragic accidents," he noted.

Mr. Marchukov said that the embassy would not open a book of condolences because only one of the constituent parts of the Russian Federation was observing a day of mourning. He added that such a book might be open at the House of Moscow in Minsk.

According to Russian media reports, at least 22 people were killed and more than 160 were injured when a train came off the track between the Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy subway stations during the morning rush hour in the Russian capital city.

Several cars left the track in a tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly.

The 16th of July was declared a day of mourning in Moscow.