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Russian dies in court suicide blaze

A man has died after setting himself on fire in a Siberian courthouse, with a court official also killed when the blaze engulfed the building.

Five other people were injured in Friday's incident, in the town of Irbeiskoye, about 2,500 miles east of Moscow, police said.

Russian media quoted officials as saying the man set himself ablaze just before the court was to hear his appeal on a driving ban.

Russia has a poor fire safety record, with buildings rarely equipped with fire escapes or extinguishers.

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