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Rogozin admits weapons were onboard nuclear sub during fire

February 03, 2012, 1:20 UTC+3

The panel has to specify the violations rather than target criminal charges

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SEVERODVINSK, February 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in charge of the military-industrial complex admitted on Thursday that armaments were onboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine during fire in a dock late in December.

“It was a rude violation of existing regulations for the repairs of nuclear submarines specifically with armaments onboard,” he told reporters, but did not specify the weapons.

He added he had set up a special panel of the military-industrial commission to independently probe the causes of the incident.

The panel has to specify the violations rather than target criminal charges, he added.

“We have our own list of anti-heroes, but we can make it public only after we receive investigation results from the Investigative Committee,” Rogozin said.

He estimated the damage caused by the fire to the submarine at over 500 million rubles.

He also called on producers to accelerate the commissioning of nuclear submarines of the Borei and Yasen class.

“They are from six to twelve months behind schedule. The situation should be immediately remedied,” Rogozin said.

The deputy prime minister said military production at Russian shipyards comprised 106 billion 765 million rubles in 2011 or 15.7 percent down against 2010.

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