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Russia University Rector Quits After Fire

The rector of Moscow’s Peoples’ Friendship University resigned Thursday, saying he bore responsibility for a dormitory fire that killed 37 foreign students and injured scores of others. Rector Dmitry Bilibin’s office confirmed that he had stepped down. Assistant rector Viktor Ponka said Bilibin told students that he held himself responsible for the blaze. Ponka said Education Minister Vladimir Filippov accepted Bilibin’s resignation in principle but asked him to remain on the job for an unspecified period of time. No successor was named. Meanwhile, investigators questioned Bilibin and other university officials, the Interfax news agency reported. It said Moscow prosecutors had questioned Bilibin as well as an assistant rector in charge of buildings and grounds and an official responsible for the dormitory itself. Full Story

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