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Sunday
Feb122012

Report: Woman Sets Herself on Fire in Front of Putin's Office

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A woman reportedly set herself on fire Sunday in front of Moscow's White House, where Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's office is located.

She doused herself with gasoline around 12:30 p.m. local time and the fire was quickly put out by security forces on the scene. She is being treated for burns at a local hospital.

No motive has been given. Security on the scene say she made no statement and had no posters with her, according to reports.

Local reports identified her as Vera Smolin, a woman in her 50s, from a region outside the capital.

Government-backed reports are suggesting she was mentally unstable.

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