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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pensioner Who Set Herself on Fire Dies From Injuries

Novosibirsk.er.ruThe burned-out United Russia office where 50-year-old Valentina Gerasimova set herself on fire.

A50-year-old pensioner who set herself onfire ina United Russia office inNovosibirsk has died frominjuries sustained during theblaze.

Valentina Gerasimova, apparently aggrieved over advice she received fromparty officials regarding ahousing dispute, passed away Saturday evening ina Novosibirsk hospital after falling intoa coma, Siberian news portal Sib.fm reported, citing a neighbor.

Gerasimova had suffered burns over 90 percent of her body after pouring fuel over herself andigniting it with acigarette lighter inone ofthe ruling party's Novosibirsk branches Wednesday.

United Russia employee Oleg Puchkov, 42, received burns on13 percent ofhis body while trying toextinguish theflames. It was not clear Sunday how Puchkov's recovery was progressing.

Investigators have opened acriminal case with potentialcharges ofdriving Gerasimova tocommit suicide, which carry amaximum sentence offive years inprison. No suspects have been named.