All Sberbank offices in Ukraine resume operationsBusiness & Economy March 29, 14:34
Police conduct search at Moscow scientology center — sourceWorld March 29, 14:28
French MP says West should respect Crimean people’s choiceWorld March 29, 14:12
Russian-US relations at record-low — top lawmakerRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 14:09
Tehran, Moscow enter new stage of cooperation — RouhaniWorld March 29, 14:06
Senator highlights Russian-Iranian ‘combat brotherhood’ in Syria backed at highest levelRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 13:49
Palestine names conditions for peace treaty with Israel — AbbasWorld March 29, 13:45
Ukraine to continue upholding its position on Russia’s $3bln debt lawsuit in London courtBusiness & Economy March 29, 13:35
Church spokesman slams St. Isaac’s handover referendum bid as ‘counter-productive’Society & Culture March 29, 13:29
MURMANSK, August 12. /TASS/. On Wednesday, August 12, Russia remembers the Kursk submarine disaster exactly 15 years ago, paying tribute to the memory of its 118 crew.
Meetings will be held at all Russian fleets, church prayers for the dead will be read.
Seamen of the Russian Pacific Fleet observed minute’s silence on Wednesday, August 12, in memory of the seamen from the Kursk submarine. Remembrance meetings were held at naval ships at noon local time, said Roman Martov, the head of the press service’s information department.
Flowers and wreaths were brought in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok to the memorial bearing the names of graduates from Makarov Pacific Naval institute killed in the disaster, he said.
On August 12, 2000, the submarine commanded by Captain First Rank Gennady Lyachin was taking part in a naval exercise in the Barents Sea. At about 11 am local time, two underwater explosions were fixed in the area of the exercise. On August 13, sonar equipment of the Pyotr Velikiy cruiser found the submarine lying at a depth of 108 meters.
A salvage operation was launched, but submersibles failed to dock with the sunken Kursk. On August 19, the operation was expanded into an international one with the Norwegian Seaway Eagle and Normand Pioneer as well as a British rescue vessel joining it. On August 21, Norwegian divers opened the inner hatch of the ninth compartment, stating that all the crew were dead. One year after the submarine was raised to the surface.
Investigators established that an explosion ripped through a torpedo mount because of a faulty weld in the casing causing hydrogen peroxide fuel to leak. Other torpedoes exploded later. Twenty-three seamen who were still alive retreated into another compartment, where they died a day after.