Russian authorities have declared a state of emergency in Ozersk, due to wildfires raging around the town. Ozersk, which is roughly 2400 kilometres east of the Russian capital Moscow, is home to a major re-processing nuclear plant. This is the latest major strategic site to be hit by the fires, which have already damaged military depots in other areas. Moscow authorities are reporting deaths in the city due to the smog from the fires to 700 a day. Concentrations of carbon monoxide in the city are up to 3 times what is considered to be safe. Read more: The AFP and the AP.
Some firing squads are all issued with blank cartridges with the exception of one person. This helps alleviate personal responsibility for the execution squad.