July 01, 2010

Travel Notes

Fire in the Kremlin

A fire damaged one of Russia’s most renowned kremlins when the wooden roofs over two towers of the Pskov kremlin caught fire and burned down at the end of April. The fire began in Vlasiyevskaya Tower, which had been rented out as a café. The fire raised questions about how a museum can observe safety norms when it is forced to rent out property to raise revenue.

Some investigators alleged that the fire was caused by arson, since the two towers ignited simultaneously, even though they are separated by the kremlin’s stone walls and fire could not have jumped from one to the other.

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