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Analysis

As the death toll rises, is Russia failing its coal miners?

Russia’s coal mining industry is in mourning after a series of methane explosions at a mine near the northern town of Vorkuta claimed 36 lives in February, including six rescue workers. The country’s coal mining sector has a troubled safety record, with the Raspadskaya mine explosion in 2010 proving even deadlier. Will this latest tragedy prompt decisive action to improve safety for Russian miners?

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