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Russian fans forgo singing to mourns victims of fatal mall fire

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Last Train to Russia: Saransk (4:05)

Episode 3 of Last Train to Russia sees Martin Ainstein alight at World Cup host city Saransk to examine one of the country's national obsessions - ice hockey. (4:05)

Russian clubs played in near silence on Saturday as the country mourned 64 people killed in a shopping mall fire.

Fan groups across the country agreed not to sing for the first halves of their league games as a mark of respect after Sunday's fire in the Siberian city of Kemerovo shook the nation.

It wasn't quite 45 minutes of silence -- there were often the cheers and whistles of a regular game, albeit a little subdued.

At Spartak Moscow, whose usually boisterous fans first proposed the gesture, the quiet half ended with cheers as the home team went 1-0 up in stoppage time.