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Putin’s Grim Reality: Public Fury Over Children’s Deaths in Mall

The Kremlin transcript appears to have left out one telling statement that Mr. Tuleyev, the governor, made during the meeting with Mr. Putin, according to a video that is being widely shared on social media. “My task is not to allow what’s taking place, which is that lies are being used to profit from the grief of others and achieve unclear — no actually, very clear — goals: to damage reputations,” he said.

Apparently in an effort to address the protesters’ demands for evidence of the official death tally, the Kemerovo authorities have granted access to the morgue where the victims’ bodies were taken. The city administration also published the names of some of the dead and injured.

Although the death toll has risen to 64, it could go higher. The Investigative Committee, Russia’s equivalent of the F.B.I., said it had received reports of 67 missing people. Of the 59 bodies delivered to morgues — some damaged so badly that they can be identified only by DNA analysis — 21 have been identified.

Putin’s Grim Reality: Public Fury Over Children’s Deaths in Mall
Putin’s Grim Reality: Public Fury Over Children’s Deaths in Mall

Residents and relatives are compiling a list of their own, however, which they plan to compare with the official record, Znak reported.

Rallies honoring the victims were held across Russia on Tuesday. In Moscow, two events were scheduled: a state-organized rally at 5 p.m.; and a separate, unofficial gathering at 7 p.m., in which more than 15,000 people on Facebook have expressed interest.

Mr. Putin has also declared a nationwide day of mourning on Wednesday.

Ivan Nechepurenko contributed reporting.

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