Europe Poor Russian flood response spurs charges of negligence (+video)

As Russians mark an official day of mourning for the victims of the floods disaster, public officials scramble to deflect blame.

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Russians marked an official day of mourning Monday for at least 171 people who died in weekend flash floods near the Black Sea. Flags flew at half-mast and President Vladimir Putin observed a televised minute of silence in the Kremlin.