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A Russian nuclear submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000; all 118 crew members are later found dead. The exact cause of the disaster remains unknown.

Kursk left port on August 10 to take part in war games with the Russian military. Russian ships, planes and submarines met up in the Barents Sea, which is above the Arctic Circle, to practice military maneuvers. On August 12, Kursk was scheduled to fire a practice torpedo; at 11:29 a.m., before doing so, two explosions spaced shortly apart occurred in the front hull of the submarine and it plunged toward the bottom of the sea.

Kursk was 500 feet long and weighed 24,000 tons. It had two nuclear reactors and could reach speeds of 28 knots. It was the largest attack submarine in the world, approximately three times the size of the largest subs in the United States Navy.

With the fate of the 118 Russian soldiers onboard Kursk unknown, several nations offered to contribute to the rescue effort, but the Russian government refused any assistance. When divers finally reached Kursk a week later, they found no signs of life. Under a great deal of pressure, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to raise the submarine from the sea bottom for an investigation, although no ship or object that size had ever before been recovered from the ocean floor. Furthermore, given that the Barents Sea is frozen for most of the year, the operation had only a small window in which to work.

Using $100 million, the best available technology and an international team of experts, Kursk was raised on September 26, 2001, about a year after the accident. Unfortunately, however, the team was forced to cut off the front hull from the rest of the sub in order to bring it to the surface, leaving the best evidence of what caused the explosions at the bottom of the sea.


Kursk submarine tragedy: 15 years on, families no closer to truth

Fifteen years ago, on August 12, 2000, the most modern of the Russian Northern Fleet&rsquos nuclear submarines, the Kursk, was struck by disaster during a routine military exercise. Two explosions, within two minutes of each other, condemned the submarine and its entire 118-strong crew to a grave at the bottom of the Barents Sea.

The blasts killed 95 crew members right away, while the remaining 23 submariners managed to survive the two explosions and take shelter in the stern compartment, where they managed to stay alive for eight more hours.

The country only heard about the Kursk two days later, early on Aug. 14, when newswires reported: &ldquoThere has been an accident in the Barents Sea. A submarine is lying on the seabed.&rdquo

On the same day, the Northern Fleet command announced that contact with the crew had been established and that, according to preliminary findings, there had been a malfunction onboard.

For the next several days, rescue submersibles tried and failed to dock with the Kursk, blaming a strong underwater current, poor visibility and the angle at which the submarine was tilted. It was only on August 21 that, with the help of foreign experts, rescue teams managed to open a hatch and gain access to the submarine.

The criminal case into the loss of the Kursk submarine and the death of its 118 crew members was closed in 2002 due to the absence of corpus delicti. The investigation concluded that the accident was caused by the explosion of a faulty peroxide torpedo, with the subsequent fire causing the detonation of a warhead.

Today, 15 years on, the families of the Kursk crew say that it will be a long time yet before the truth about what really happened is known.

View the timeline: The Kursk submarine, chronicles of a tragedy

&lsquoWe believed to the very last moment that it was not true&rsquo

&ldquoIf you want to know what he looked like, here is his exact copy,&rdquo says Lidia Panarina, mother of senior lieutenant Andrei Panarin, pointing at her daughter Olga.

Panarin&rsquos family feared that right after his service in the army he would end up in Chechnya, Ossetia or Abkhazia &ndash a likely prospect in those troubled times. However, Panarin was lucky: He entered a military college and then was sent to serve in the Northern Fleet, to Vidyayevo, where the Kursk submarine was based and from where it left on its last voyage.

The family heard of the tragedy from the news, when it was not yet described as a tragedy. They did not even know that their son was on board the Kursk.

&ldquoWe were sure that he was on the Voronezh, a submarine similar to the Kursk, only a bit older,&rdquo says Panarin&rsquos mother. &ldquoWe called there, but were told that Andrei was not there. When we found out that he was on the Kursk, we dropped everything and came to Vidyaevo on August 19.&rdquo

&ldquoIn fact, we were going there in the hope that all of them were indeed alive. We just wanted to take him home, to support him,&rdquo says Olga.

At Vidyayevo, everybody was walking around with syringes and glasses of medicine.

&ldquoI wasn&rsquot feeling ill, but Olga kept telling me: &lsquoTake it.&rsquo I was hoping that Andrei will turn up. I didn&rsquot want to be weak in front of him, didn&rsquot want him to see that I wasn&rsquot well,&rdquo says Panarin&rsquos mother.

Her daughter continues: &ldquoYou know, he was a very cheerful person. He always managed to get out of tricky situations unscathed. We believed to the very last moment that it was not true and that he would manage to get out of there.&rdquo

On October 25, 2000, divers recovered 12 bodies from compartment nine, in the stern of the submarine. Andrei Panarin was in compartment four. His body, together with the others, was recovered a year later. The remains of three members of the crew were never found. His mother made the journey to identify her son&rsquos body alone.

&lsquoWe were told that they were alive&rsquo

Sofya Dudko is sitting in her St. Petersburg apartment, holding a book called We Remember Them All by Name. She spent several years collecting money to publish the book. In the end, it was a donation from veteran submariners that made the publication possible. &ldquoMemory is the most important thing. I for one am in a hurry to do as much as I can so that they are remembered,&rdquo says Dudko.

The walls of her bright room are full of pictures of her son Sergei, who was second in command on board the Kursk. The centerpiece is the picture of a submarine at sea. Her still unpacked suitcase is in the hall. She, together with 17 other people, has just returned from Vidyayevo, where they were greeted like very important visitors, with even a band arranged for the occasion.

Some of the Kursk families live in nearby apartment blocks: After the accident, all the families were given flats in newly built neighborhoods in St. Petersburg by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dudko is reluctant to recall August 2000.

&ldquoWe were constantly gathered at the Officers&rsquo Hall and constantly told that contact with the submarine had been established, that they were alive and that they were being given oxygen&hellip&rdquo she says.

The conclusions reached by the investigation left her unconvinced. Dudko continues to believe that the rescue operation was too slow and that Russia took too long to accept foreign assistance [Moscow agreed only on the third day after the offer was made by several countries at the same time &ndash RBTH] &ldquobecause the norm here is to save secrecy, not people&rdquo.

As far as she is concerned, the question of whether it was possible to save at least somebody from the Kursk in the first couple of days is long closed.

&ldquoWhy else then was Andrei Borisov&rsquos note not given to his widow, even though she had demanded it even through the courts? I have found out that the note was dated August 15. The lads remained alive till August 15,&rdquo says Dudko.

Rescue response

In the fall of 2000, Andrei Zvyagintsev, who led a team of divers from the 328th Expeditionary Rescue Squad of the Russian Navy, was the first to enter the Kursk, which was lying 110 meters underwater, and recover the bodies of 12 members of its crew. He too, as part of an international taskforce, took part in the operation to raise the Kursk submarine into a dry dock.

&ldquoThe Kursk was found in due course. It is another thing that what was found was an already dead submarine. But that had nothing to do with the speed of the search operation,&rdquo says Zvyagintsev.

According to him, the fleet had the best divers in the world but did not have the technical means to take them to the depth required. In the end, the operation to open the hatch was conducted with the help of foreign vehicles and by Norwegian divers. In the fall, the team was joined by experts from Russia, the UK, Ireland and the U.S.

&ldquoWe went down all together, in one decompression chamber, 110 meters underwater and lived there for 28 days, without going up. Those were extremely harsh conditions. What does a depth of 110 meters mean? It is as if a weight of 110 kg is pressing down on every centimeter of your body,&rdquo he says.

Before the start of the operation, the divers trained on another submarine. They studied it in great detail, to be able to operate from memory and blindfolded: They knew that at the depth that the Kursk was lying they would be operating in complete darkness.

Russia spent some $70 million to raise the submarine. That was &ldquothe most optimum&rdquo of the proposed options, according to Zvyagintsev, who points out that the operation was unique. &ldquoNo-one in the world had done anything like it,&rdquo he repeats several times.

&ldquoIn fact, we showed the might of the Russian Federation. We showed that we were true to our word. That was our submarine and nobody but we should have raised it,&rdquo he said.

A shift in mentality

Zvyagintsev says that what he saw onboard the Kursk 110 meters underwater was in line with the conclusions reached by the investigation: &ldquoFor me that theory &ndash of a torpedo explosion &ndash makes the most sense. I believe it to be true because I saw the situation inside, I filmed everything. We can spend as much time as we want speaking of all the other theories, including a collision with another submarine.&rdquo

In 2005, Roman Kolesnikov, the father of lieutenant commander Dmitry Kolesnikov who died in compartment nine, filed a collective suit with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, demanding a full investigation into the loss of the submarine. However, in 2009 he withdrew his lawsuit without explaining why.

At the time, the widow of Kursk commander Gennady Lyachin, Irina Lyachina, was against the lawsuit. &ldquoIt is hard to explain,&rdquo Lyachina recalls today. &ldquoIt should not have been done then, when everything was still so close, when everything was hurting and bleeding. I could not even see how to go on living. Back then people needed time to recover. That&rsquos why I was against it.&rdquo

Asked whether now is the right time to file a complaint with an international court, Lyachina replies that those who want to do so have the right. She does not know, she adds, whether it would make them feel better, asking: &ldquoWhat is the point? To understand the truth? To punish somebody? To change something?&rdquo

She has no illusions as far as the truth is concerned: &ldquoTo make it easier for you to understand, my father was in the military, my husband was in the military, my son is in the military, so I understand full well that not even my grandchildren will be able to find out the truth about their deaths. What matters to me most is that the lads were not guilty of anything.&rdquo

All the relatives of the Kursk crew whom RBTH has been able to contact say very much the same thing: The loss of the submarine and all its crew became a turning point in the life of the country, the state has begun paying more attention to its armed forces, while people have become slightly different, even those people who have never had anything to do with the military.

&ldquoIt&rsquos just that there came some shift in mentality. In our government&rsquos mentality too. That it was impossible to go on living like before, that we must live differently,&rdquo says Sofya Dudko.

In addition to new apartments, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered that the family of each of the crew members of the Kursk receive a compensation of 720,000 rubles ($24,000 at the exchange rate at the time).

The total amount of compensation paid was 84,960,000 rubles, or $2.8 million. The military insurance company paid 19,628,505 rubles (about $650,000) in compensation, with the amounts depending on the rank of the victims. Some 18 million rubles ($600,000) was donated to a dedicated charity foundation together with some $267,000 and 2,000 Finnish marks.

The donations were partly distributed among the families and partly were used to fund various memorial events. Another charity foundation, which was set up by the Northern Fleet command, received donations totaling 100.7 million rubles (about $3.3 million), $23,169, and 1,250 Deutschmarks.

In addition, donations were made by regional administrations (from 30,000 to 165,000 rubles ($1,000-5,500) per family, depending on the region), while other countries invited the Kursk submariners&rsquo widows and children for holidays. The German Red Cross and the Berlin maritime museum collected 50,000 Deutschmarks for the widows, while the Chinese embassy donated $20,000.


The Kursk sinking 20 years on: Russia's deep-sea drama

On 12 August 2000, the Kursk nuclear submarine, pride of Russia's Northern Fleet, sank after a torpedo exploded, and the fate of its 118 crew captivated the nation until the tragic conclusion nine days later.

Here is a look back at the events 20 years ago in what remains the Russian navy's worst-ever disaster.

On that Saturday morning, the Kursk, a huge 154-metre-long submarine, takes part in naval exercises in the Barents Sea on the borders between Russia and Norway.

At 11:28am Norwegian seismographers register a major explosion followed by a second more powerful one two minutes later.

The Russian navy locates the vessel at dawn on Sunday. All radio contact with the crew is lost.

The only recording will be the SOS signal one seaman onboard the submarine makes by banging against the hull of the craft.

Towards the end of the day the navy deploys a first mini-submarine manned by rescuers, but it collides with the wreckage of the Kursk and has to return immediately.

The rescue operation was hampered by poor weather and poor organisation

Rejecting Western aid

Russia's navy chief says the main theory of events "is an explosion in the first torpedo hatch", which would have led to the submarine sinking in neutral waters 150km (90 miles) from the coastal town of Severomorsk, the Northern Fleet's main base.

The navy says the vessel has shut down its nuclear engines and is not carrying any nuclear weapons. No radioactive leak is recorded.

According to the navy, the crew, trapped 108 metres down at the bottom of the Barents Sea, has enough oxygen to last until 18 August.

The Kursk was sunk by two big explosions in its torpedo hatch

Despite concerns for the sailors, Russia refuses offers of help from Britain, Norway and the United States.

With only old or unsuitable equipment, and battling a violent storm, the Russians pursue their rescue efforts alone, ratcheting up a series of failures.

Meanwhile, Russia's President Vladimir Putin continues his holiday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

He waits until August 16 before making his first statement, appearing in casual dress, describing the situation as "critical".

"Our experts say that we have everything we need," he is quoted by Interfax as saying.

But just hours later he speaks with US counterpart Bill Clinton on the telephone to discuss the rescue mission.

Finally, Russia accepts help from Britain and requests assistance from Norway, though Mr Putin does not cut short his holiday and his "deafening" silence draws media fire.

"From the word go, the rescue operation should have been not only the number one concern of the rescue teams but of the whole of the state," says the daily Izvestiya.

A naval officer comforts the mother of one of the crew

The press accuses the military of lies and questions the cost of human life in post-communist Russia.

As the uncertainty drags on, families of the trapped sailors describe their anguish as a living "hell".

"Each television news report is like a stay of execution," says one woman whose commander husband is on board.

On August 18, Mr Putin returns to Moscow. The chances of a successful rescue "are very small, but they exist", he says.

A day of national mourning is declared on 23 August, but the bereaved families refuse to take part.

Mr Putin says he bears "a feeling of full responsibility and a feeling of guilt for this tragedy".

Vladimir Putin meets one of the widows of the Kursk crew

The Russian prosecutor's office concludes its investigation in July 2002 declaring no one can be held responsible.

It says the accident resulted from an explosion in one of the submarine's torpedo tubes caused by volatile fuel and the crew could not be saved.

They died at the latest eight hours after the blast.

A scribbled note by one officer, discovered in October 2000 in the man's pocket when rescue workers raised his body from the sub, provides cruel evidence that at least 23 sailors survived several hours after the explosion, having tried to seek safety in the vessel's rear.

The Kursk was raised from the seabed for the investigation


The 5 Deadliest Submarine Accidents in Soviet and Russian History

Kursk (K-141) Alexander Raube / TASS

Fourteen submariners on board a Russian deep-sea research vessel were killed in a fire while surveying the sea floor off the country&rsquos Arctic coast on Monday.

The accident is far from the first deadly submarine accident to take place in Russia, where such tragedies have a long history.

What We Know About Russia’s Deadly Nuclear Sub Fire So Far

Here&rsquos a look at the five deadliest submarine accidents that have taken place in Russia and the U.S.S.R.:

Soviet submarine B-37 &mdash Jan. 11, 1962

Soviet submarine B-37 exploded after a fire broke out in its torpedo compartment while docked at the Northern Fleet&rsquos base in the city of Polyarny. The submarine was completely destroyed, and the S-350 submarine tied up next to it was badly damaged. Several men from other ships and the shipyard were killed by the blast in addition to those on board the submarine, killing 122 people in total.

Kursk nuclear submarine &mdash Aug. 12, 2000

The Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank during naval exercises of the Northern Fleet in the Barents Sea. An official investigation determined that the failure of one of Kursk's hydrogen peroxide-fueled torpedoes triggered an explosion. All 118 crew members on board were killed. The disaster sparked intense public criticism of the government and the Navy and marked a stain on President Vladimir Putin's first term.

Kursk (K-141) Wikitour.io

Soviet submarine K-129 &mdash March 8, 1968

The diesel-powered K-129 submarine, part of the Soviet Union&rsquos Pacific Fleet, sank approximately 2,890 kilometers northwest of Hawaii.

Because the Soviet Union stopped hearing from the vessel&rsquos radio communications in late February, there are several theories behind the submarine&rsquos sinking. The official account states that the submarine likely sank after it slipped below its operating depth, leading to flooding. Other theories include a hydrogen battery explosion, a collision with the USS Swordfish and a missile explosion.

Despite its efforts, the Soviet Navy was never able to locate the wreck. In 1974, the U.S. embarked on a covert attempt to recover the submarine, during which small parts of the vessel were recovered. Its exact location remains a secret of U.S. intelligence.

K-129 Wikicommons

Soviet submarine S-80 &mdash Jan. 27, 1961

The diesel-electric S-80 submarine sank by accident in the Barents Sea when it dropped below its snorkel depth. Because its de-icing system had been switched off, the valve that should have closed to stop water from flowing into the vessel had become jammed with ice. The flooding led to engine failure, and the vessel soon sank to the sea floor, killing all 68 crew members.

S-80 Wikicommons

Soviet nuclear submarine K-8 &mdash April 12, 1970

Short-circuiting caused fires to break out in two of the K-8 submarine&rsquos compartments during a large-scale naval exercise. Rough seas caused the submarine to sink as it was being towed to safety, and fifty-two crewmen died from carbon dioxide poisoning or from the vessel flooding. Seventy-three crewmen who had been transferred to the rescue vessel survived. The accident off the northwestern coast of Spain was the first loss of a Soviet nuclear-powered submarine.


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The K-141 Kursk was an Oscar-class sub, with a double hull and nine watertight compartments, reportedly powerful enough to withstand a torpedo hit. It was out on a large scale naval exercise with. Kursk ist ein Actionfilm von Thomas Vinterberg mit Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux und Colin Firth.. In Kursk, einem auf wahren Begebenheiten basierenden Thriller, kämpft die Besatzung eines U. It is 20 years today since the Russian nuclear submarine, the Kursk, sank in the Barents Sea. The failed rescue operation was marked by secrecy and mishaps KURSK Official Trailer (2018) Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Submarine Movie HD© 2018 - EuropaCorpComedy, Kids, Family and Animated Film, Blockbuster, Action Cin..

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. With Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, August Diehl. The film follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them On Aug. 12, 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea after being rocked by two explosions. Most of the crew of 118 died instantly, but 23 survived for several hours. However. . Mungkin Banyak yang mengalami kendala karena film ini menggunakan bahasa English , tapi tenang saja di Dramamu kami sudah menyediakan subtitle indonesia nya untuk mempermudah bagi pengunjung yang kurang paham bahasa inggris. Die K-141 Kursk (russisch Курск) war ein 1990/1991 gebautes, mit Marschflugkörpern bestücktes russisches Atom-U-Boot des Projektes 949A (NATO-Code Oscar-II-Klasse)

Kursk sub disaster: Russia fined over free speech violation . Published. 3 October 2017. Share. close. Share page. Copy link. About sharing. image copyright Getty Images. image caption The Kursk. Once the sub was raised and joined to the barge, it was carried back under the barge to the Russian Navy's Roslyakovo Shipyard in Murmansk. In Murmansk the Kursk was moved into a drydock, then the hull of the ship was gradually opened, and the bodies of all but three of the 118 personnel on board were recovered. The last three were so badly destroyed by the blast and fire that their bodies. Kuznetsov dismisses all the conspiracy theories about the Kursk disaster -- that the submarine collided with another sub or a surface ship, that it was sunk by a NATO submarine or by friendly. Kursk Trailer & Teaser, Interviews, Clips und mehr Videos auf Deutsch und im Original. Schaue dir alle 2 Videos jetzt an

Entdecke die Filmstarts Kritik zu Kursk - Niemand hat eine Ewigkeit von Thomas Vinterberg: Der Alltag in einem Unterseeboot ist selbst in Friedenszeiten immer eine Extremsituation. Aber gerade. The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk was considered unsinkable. But on August 12, 2000, it sank in the Barents Sea after two explosions, leading to the death of all 118 seamen aboard. How did this. Nach dem Untergang des Atom-U-Bootes Kursk versprach die russische Marine lückenlose Aufklärung. Fünf Jahre später sind die Untersuchungen abgeschloss..

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  1. Kursk sub disaster: Russia fined over free speech violation . Published. 3 October 2017. image copyright Getty Images. image caption The Kursk disaster in 2000 was an international embarrassment.
  2. Sinking of Russian Sub Kursk. Author: History.com Editors Video Rating: TV-PG Video Duration: 28. On August 12, 2000, after two explosions rocked the Russian Navy nuclear submarine Kursk, the.
  3. That push put the Kursk, part of the generally neglected during the 1990's Northern Fleet, out to sea without proper maintenance. Without sufficient funding, many sailors hadn't been paid for months (one of the movie's highlights is a diatribe from the mother of one of the Kursk's crew who died, mentioning how little her son was paid). Since it had NOT been deployed for several years, proper.
  4. Die Versenkung des russischen Atom-U-Boots Kursk Wie es im August 2000 beinahe zum Dritten Weltkrieg gekommen wäre. Eine hervorragende, überaus sehenswerte, westliche Dokumentation (The Kursk: A Submarine in Troubled Waters) belegt eindeutig: Die Kursk, das Vorzeige-Unterseeboot Rußlands mit einzigartiger Bewaffnung an Bord, wurde am 12.August 2000 durch einen feindlichen Akt versenkt

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  • day, month and year that the sub went down identification of the Kursk as a Russian submarine knowledge of whether the cause was an explosion on-scene presence of divers and diving bells identification of the type of submarine attempts at rescue whether there were survivors indicated. Besides the above points, I wanted to see whether the Kursk had been torpedoed (the Russians had said.
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  • Kursk. To safely raise the sub, Mammoet conceived a daring plan to first cut off the bow at the bottom of the sea. Using a tailor-made cutting wire that was hydraulically pulled back and forth between two suction anchors, the bow was sawed off in 10 days. With the Kursk now free for lifting, 26 holes were cut in the hull to accommodate special lifting plugs. Each plug was connected to a set of.

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  1. The Kursk sank in the Barents Sea 85 miles north-east of Murmansk in August last year. Letters found on the bodies of 12 of the submariners who were recovered last year showed that 23 out of the.
  2. The Kursk was a Russian Oscar-class nuclear submarine. Her keel was laid in 1992 in Severodvinsk and it took two years to build her. They said that vessels of this sort were unsinkable as they had.
  3. es the submarine, the disaster and the aftermath. The sinking of the submarine the Kursk might not be as straightforward as the collapse of unmaintained Russian hardware, or incompetence. Reports of collision causing sinking of the Kursk are still being issued by defence personnel.

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[The sub is located at 01:21 MESZ. Russian ships arrive seven hours later. Knocking signals are heard from the sub asking for help.] Day three: Monday 14 A Russian navy official admits that the Kursk is on the seabed. It is claimed radio contact was made with submarine. This is later denied - the only way that survivors can communicate with. The Kursk was participating in a naval exercise in the Barents Sea, off Russia's northwest coast, when an explosion thudded in its bow about 11:27 a.m. on Aug. 12. Two minutes and 15 seconds later. The Kursk. Our premium Bronze dive watch is here! Often used in dive watches for its corrosion resistance and strength, bronze will oxidise, and develop a patina over time. This patina is highly prized by many, as it will vary depending on the watch wearers daily habits, telling your unique story of the watches wear. With its oversized, super lumed markers and distinctive California Dial, the. K-141 Kursk Havariertes russisches Atom-U-Boot Koursk sub localisation.jpg 512 × 298 39 KB. Kursk in 108m Tiefe.jpg 2.400 × 1.600 136 KB. Kursk transporting.jpg 1.599 × 1.269 605 KB. Model of K-141 Kursk in Estonian Maritime Museum Lennusadam Tallinn 19 Ferbuary 2014.jpg 2.107 × 1.583 816 KB. Model of K-141 Kursk in Estonian Maritime Museum Lennusadam Tallinn 20 May 2017.jpg 1.600. Kursk (released as The Command in the US and as Kursk: The Last Mission in the UK) is a 2018 English-language Belgian-Luxembourgian drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg based on Robert Moore's book A Time to Die, about the true story of the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster.. It stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, August Diehl, Max von Sydow, and Colin Firth

Secret of the Russian sub still awash in the Barents . Russian reticence has laden the Kursk disaster with a shroud of enigma. Richard Norton-Taylor looks at the on-going efforts to ascertain what. Lansat la apă în 1994, Kursk trebuia să fie cel mai mare și cel mai performant submarin nuclear al marinei rusești. Se spunea că este complet impenetrabil, de nescufundat. Va fi teroarea mărilor de-a lungul deceniilor viitoare, spuneau oficiali militari ruși. Cu toate acestea, asta nu s-a mai întâmplat. La nici măcar șase ani de la lansare, a sfârșit tragic pe fundul mării.

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Directed by Øystein Bogen, Per Christian Magnus. A documentary about the Russian submarine Kursk after the terrible accident in the North-Sea in 2000 Ganzer Kursk (2019) Online Stream Deutsch. Kursk Streaming Deutsch Online, Movie4k Kursk Streaming German, Ganzer Kursk Kostenlos, Filme Komplett Kursk streaming , Kinostarts Kursk streaming Online, Kursk streaming Deutsch, Kursk Filme SUB Torrent, Kno Kursk Filme Deutsch, Deutsch Filme Kursk Streaming, Download Kursk en HDRip The Kursk submarine disaster, the sinking of the nuclear-powered Oscar-class submarine Kursk, took place during the first major Russian naval exercise in more than ten years, in the Barents Sea on 12 August 2000, killing all 118 personnel on board. Nearby ships registered the initial explosion and a second, much larger, explosion which registered 4.2 on the Richter scale on seismographs as far.

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Remains Of Kursk Sub's Captain Identified. File photo of the captain of the Kursk Gennady Lyachin in 1999: Moscow (AFP) Mar 16, 2002 The remains of the captain of the Kursk nuclear submarine have been identified, along with those of almost all the submariners who died in the August 2000 disaster, the Russian prosecutor's office said Saturday. The remains of Kursk captain Gennady Lyachin were. Sub tragedy Steve Rosenberg answers your questions. In pictures Images from the Kursk tragedy Diary of a disaster Inside the Kursk A Kursk diver writes Raising the Kursk News in Russian Raising the Kursk What will happen to Russia's nuclear submarine? ^

Supposedly the subs collided causing the damage to both subs and resulting in the initial yet damning explosion on the Kursk. I don't know if this is true or not but I saw the pics and it was a 688 class boat and it was damaged. It would also explain why the Director of the CIA would have to travel to Russia to do damage control. It would also explain the cover up story as a faulty. The Kursk's commanders and most of the crew in the front compartments were killed as two blasts 135 seconds apart sent the mighty submarine to the bottom of the Barents Sea, Ustinov told The. Kursk was a Russian Oscar nuclear cruise missile submarine. It was named after the Russian city Kursk, around which the largest tank battle in military history, the Battle of Kursk, took place in 1943. Kursk sank when a leak of hydrogen peroxide in the forward torpedo room led to the detonation of a torpedo warhead, which in turn triggered the explosion of half a dozen other warheads about two.

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Russia: 'Kursk' Nuclear Sub Begins Slow Journey Back To Land October 09, 2001 00:00 GMT By Francesca Mereu Share Print. The battered hull of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk was successfully. Kursk investigators examine sub. Smashed windows give an idea of the chaos inside. The Russian Prosecutor General has led a team of investigators onto the deck of the Kursk for the first time since the nuclear submarine was raised from the muddy bed of the Barents Sea. It will be another three days before the submarine has dried out sufficiently for the team to enter the inside of the wreck. Church services were held in Moscow, St Petersburg and at the sub's Arctic home base of Vidyayevo. In the city of Kursk a new monument was unveiled. Just days ago a Russian mini-sub's crew was rescued in the Pacific. Click here for a graphic showing what happened. The dramatic intervention of a British rescue team to free the trapped Priz submersible and its crew of seven from the seabed.

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The day the nuclear submarine 'Kursk' sank in the Barents Sea during a maritime exercise in August 2000 became a drama for the whole nation. And the world. RT spoke to the widow of one of the sailors who perished in the tragedy Submarino ist ein dänischer Spielfilm aus dem Jahr 2010. Der Film entstand nach dem gleichnamigen Roman des dänischen Autors Jonas T. Bengtsson.. Handlung. Nick und sein kleiner Bruder wachsen in schwierigen Verhältnissen auf. Ihre Mutter ist alleinerziehend und Alkoholikerin Kursk sub tragedy on stage. RT. Follow. 11 years ago | 25 views. The horror of the Kursk submarine tragedy has been brought to life for theatre audiences in Londons Young Vic theatre. The play's directors say they want to pay tribute to the victims. Report. Browse more videos. Russian sub, the Kursk, sinks with 118 onboard A Russian nuclear submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000 all 118 crew members are later found dead. The exact.

Find the perfect Kursk Submarine stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. Select from premium Kursk Submarine of the highest quality New Russian nuclear sub 'safer than Kursk' Published. 10 January 2013. image caption The Yuri Dolgoruky is now a major element in Russia's nuclear deterrent. The Russian navy has received a new. Kursk investigators examine sub Prosecutor General has led a team of investigators onto the deck. Remains of more than 100 men to recover Oct.7 . Raising of the Kursk begins Dutch salvage company Mammoet started the operation to raise the wreck of the sunken subtopics/russia-w-n.html title=Russia timeline>Russian sub: Arctic Timeline Sep.13 : Kursk bow sawn off Attempt to lift Russian. Carré theorized that neither of the subs was seriously damaged in this incident, but the sound of the collision, combined with sounds of loaded torpedo tubes, made the captain of USS Memphis believe that Kursk was preparing an attack on USS Toledo, so he launched a pre-emptive strike against Kursk with a MK-48 torpedo. According to Carré, this attack was successful and was the cause of the. Russian workers at Kursk sub salvage site threaten strike Murmansk - Feb 20 (AFP) - Russian workers salvaging the remains of the Kursk nuclear submarine, which sank in 1999 in the Barents Sea with the loss of 118 lives, threatened on Wednesday to go on strike. The workers at the dry dock in the northern town of Rolyakovo have not been paid since November, Vladimir Jelesnov, a union official.

Kursk developers Jujubee label it as a documentary game inspired by the Russian submarine catastrophe from 2000. The game, which is now available on Steam and coming later to Xbox One and. Europe Deadly Russian Sub Accident Recalls Kursk Disaster. At least 20 people were killed and 22 injured on a Russian nuclear-powered submarine when the ship's fire safety system was accidentally. Kursk (2018) WEB-DL XviD AC3 Dutch Sub - French Sub. Vidéos Annonces. 5:18 KURSK Top 37 Tourist Places | Kursk Tourism | RUSSIA. Top Tourist Places. 1:39. Kursk - Official Trailer (HD) Trailers y Estrenos. 1:39. إعلان مترجم لفيلم (Kursk) elCinema. 1:35. Kursk (2018) trailer. MediaNote. 1:00. Kursk Film Trailer . Film Kino Trailer. 1:36. Kursk Trailer Deutsch German (2019. Kursk, the first-person adventure about the Russian sub disaster, pushed into November By Andy Chalk 01 October 2018 It was supposed to be out this month, but has been delayed slightly to launch. Kursk (K-141) was the powerful Russian strategic nuclear submarine of class Antey (by NATO classification Class Oscar II ), and as such it was active as a part of the Northern Fleet. The complex construction of such submarines for the Russian northern fleet costs about a billion dollars. It was a real underwater fortress that was built to withstand even a direct hit from a torpedo

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The Battle of Kursk occurred in July 1943 around the Soviet city of Kursk in western Russia, as Germany launched Operation Citadel, Hitler's response to hi Ondertitels Kursk - ondertitels nederlands. History.Channel-Hell's.Battlefield.Kursk.(2000), Retail NL DVD idx/sub rip OCR/spell checked (this does not mean there are no errors in this). Title and year comes from the endcredits but I'm still not sure this is right. History Channel gets documentaries from all sorts of sources. 1CD (dut). Geupload 2013-09-24, gedownload 1077x. Support us: X. Nuclear issues, Nuclear Russia, Russian Navy. Russia's Kursk sub disaster anniversary highlights 15 years of polished deception. The sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine 15 years ago today etched a monolithic capstone to Russian nuclear naval ineptitude that had been trickling to the surface since the fall of the Soviet Union On August 12, 2000, the Kursk nuclear submarine, pride of Russia's Northern Fleet, sank after a torpedo exploded, and the fate of its 118 crew captivated the nation until the tragic conclusion nine days later. Here is a look back at the events 20 years ago in what remains the Russian navy's worst-ever disaster. On that Saturday morning, the Kursk, a huge 154-meter-long (508 feet) submarine.

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Directed by Jean-Michel Carré. With Peter Coyote, Bernard Giraudeau. A remarkable documentary that delves deep into the mysterious and murky circumstances surrounding the Kursk submarine sinking First bodies recovered from Russian sub Kursk. Social Sharing. CBC News · Posted: Oct 26, 2000 12:55 AM ET | Last Updated: October 26, 2000. After Russian divers brought four bodies from the. The Kursk currently rests in I 08 m of water in the Barents Sea off the Kola Peninsula at approximately 69°40 'N 37°55 'E. On August 12, 2000, the Kursk, a Russian Navy nuclear-powered, OSCAR II class submarine, sank in the Barents Sea at a location near Murmansk, 20-30 km east ofKildenbanken, in 108m (354ft) of water. Despite rescue efforts by the Russians and later by other European.


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A Freaky 'Chemistry' Accident Sunk This Russian Nuclear Submarine

In the end, the sinking of the Kursk appears to have been caused by a simple, freak accident of chemistry.

Key Point: The story of the Kursk is pure tragedy.

In 2000, a Russian submarine designed to sink aircraft carriers became a victim of its own arsenal. The cruise-missile submarine Kursk suffered a massive explosion and sank after an onboard torpedo accidentally detonated. The accident was the worst naval disaster suffered by post–Cold War Russia.

The Soviet Union’s greatest adversaries at sea were the aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy. With their versatile air wings, American carriers could frustrate the Warsaw Pact’s plans wartime plans, doing everything from escorting convoys across the Atlantic to bombing Soviet Northern Fleet bases above the Arctic Circle. They also carried nuclear weapons, making them exceptionally dangerous to the Soviet coastline.

The Soviets’ solution was the construction of the Oscar-class submarines. Some of the largest submarines ever constructed, they displaced measure 506 feet long with a beam of nearly sixty feet—nearly twice that of the Soviet Union’s Alfa-class attack submarines. At 19,400 tons submerged, they were larger than the American Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines.

They were large for a reason: each Oscar carried two dozen huge P-700 Granit missiles. The P-700 was a large missile designed to kill large ships. The P-700 was thirty-three feet long and nearly three feet wide. Each weighed 15,400 pounds each, most of which was fuel for the ramjet-powered engine which propelled the missile at speeds of Mach 1.6 to a range of 388 miles. The missile packed either a 1,653-pound conventional high explosive warhead, enough to damage an aircraft carrier, or a five-hundred-kiloton nuclear warhead, enough to vaporize a carrier. The missiles would be fed targeting data from the Legenda space surveillance system, which would hunt fast-moving carrier battle groups from orbit.

The missiles were concealed beneath the hull in two rows of twelve, in silos pointed upward at a seventy-degree angle. It was this arsenal that earned them the then-unusual SSGN designation in the West, with the G standing for “guided missile.”

If that weren’t enough, the Oscars had a large complement of torpedoes. Each submarine had four standard-diameter 533-millimeter torpedo tubes that could launch standard homing torpedoes, SS-N-15 “Starfish” antisubmarine missiles or SS-N-16 “Stallion” antiship missiles. It also had two oversized 650-millimeter torpedo tubes for launching Type 65-76A torpedoes against larger ship targets. Together the six tubes were armed with twenty-four torpedoes.

The Oscars needed to be fast to intercept American nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, and that meant they too needed nuclear propulsion. Each was powered by two OK-650 nuclear reactors that together provided 97,990 shipboard horsepower. This accelerated the submarines to up to fifteen knots on the surface and a speedy thirty-three knots underwater.

Twenty Oscar-class submarines were planned, but only thirteen were built before the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union. K-141, also known as Kursk, was laid down in March 1992 and commissioned into the Russian Northern Fleet in December 1994.

On August 15, 2000, the Kursk was on exercise with major elements of the Russian Northern Fleet, including the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy. Kursk, which was fully loaded with Granit missiles and torpedoes, was scheduled to make a simulated attack on an aircraft carrier. At 11:28 a.m., an underwater explosion was detected followed two minutes later by a second, larger explosion. One Russian account claims that the twenty-eight-thousand-ton battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy shook from the first explosion, and a Norwegian seismic station recorded both explosions.

Kursk had suffered two massive explosions and sank in 354 feet of water at a twenty-degree vertical angle. An explosion had ripped through the front of the hull, tearing a terrible gash along the upper bow. Still, at least twenty-three of the 118 crew had survived the sinking, as a note penned by one of the ship’s senior officers, Lt. Capt. Dmitri Kolesnikov, indicated. The note was dated exactly two hours after the initial explosion. Rescue efforts by Russian—and later British and Norwegian—teams failed to rescue the survivors.

A Russian inquiry into the accident concluded that one of the Kursk’s Type 65-76A torpedoes had exploded. A faulty weld in a torpedo or damage to a torpedo during movement had caused it to leak hydrogen peroxide. Like many torpedoes, the Type 65 used hydrogen peroxide as an underwater fuel. Unfortunately, hydrogen peroxide becomes explosive when it comes into contact with a catalyst, such as organic compounds or fire. A similar accident is thought to have sank HMS Sidon, a Royal Navy submarine, in 1955.

Conspiracy theories regarding the sinking of the Kursk are rife on the Russian Internet. Many allege that nearby American attack submarines sank the Kursk with Mark 48 torpedoes. While technically possible (in absence of the evidence of an internal torpedo explosion) there is no remotely plausible motive for such an attack during a period of good U.S.-Russian relations. Why attack the Kursk? Why was only the Kursk sunk, and not the Kuznetsov and Pyotr Velikiy? Why would the Russian government cover up the attack?

In the end, the sinking of the Kursk appears to have been caused by a simple, freak accident of chemistry. The tragedy only reinforces how dangerous life aboard a submarine really is, and how important safety is in the underwater realm. Finally, the rush to conspiracy is a warning that, had this incident occurred during a genuine crisis, such an accident could cause a dangerous escalation that could lead to war.

Kyle Mizokami is a defense and national security writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in the Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and the Daily Beast. In 2009 he cofounded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch. You can follow him on Twitter: @KyleMizokami.


Kursk submarine disaster: 20 years of lies in the name of death

Russian nuclear submarine K-141 Kursk sank 20 years ago, on August 12, 2000, during exercises in the Barents Sea. All 118 people on board were killed. On August 12, 2000, the submarine carried out the conditional missile attack on the ships of the alleged enemy, and the connection with the nuclear cruiser was lost for good.

The Kursk was found two days later resting at a depth of 108 meters, 80 miles from the main base of the Northern Fleet of Russia in Severomorsk. Several attempts were made to evacuate the Kursk crew members, but they all failed. On the night of August 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to return to Moscow from his vacation in Sochi, and announced that there was almost no hope left to save anyone on board. In 16 days, divers could recover 12 bodies. After the wreckage of the nuclear submarine was raised to the surface, the bodies of other 103 submariners were removed from the hull. Two submariners - Dmitry Kotkov and Ivan Nefedkov, as well as chief specialist of Dagdiesel, Mamed Hajiyev, remained at sea forever.

According to the conclusions of the government commission, the Kursk submarine disaster occurred due to the explosion of a torpedo in the bow compartment of the submarine. According to the official version, the tragedy occurred as a result of the torpedo explosion in N4 torpedo tube, which triggered the explosion of other torpedoes in the first compartment of the sub. According to the investigation, the first explosion occurred as a result of the leakage of hydrogen mixture from microcracks on the torpedo body. The cracks appeared as a result of "abnormal processes." The escaped mixture, having exploded, destroyed torpedo tube N4 and the nearby N2. A second explosion, with a terrifying capacity of 5,000 tons of TNT, took place two minutes later and completely destroyed the bow section of the Kursk.

The explosions did not kill all the submariners at once. Some of them died a few seconds after the explosion, but the death of at least 23 other people in the 9th compartment of the nuclear submarine occurred many hours later. The disaster took place in shallow waters, in a clearly marked area of ​​the Barents Sea with the presence of a large number of Russian ships. The submariners were sending out SOS signals - they were convinced that they would soon be heard rescued.

President Putin is still criticized for refusing to interrupt his vacation immediately after the accident. His flat response to a question from Larry King, who asked Putin about what happened to the submarine still annoys many. "It sank," Putin answered King bluntly.

On August 12, 2020, people came to the Serafimovskoye cemetery in St. Petersburg, where 32 Kursk submariners are buried, to pay tribute to the victims of the terrible disaster. A mourning service was held, people laid flowers to the graves. Churches in many cities of Russia held services in memory of the killed submariners.

However, 20 years later, the cause of death of 118 submariners remains a mystery.

The command of the Russian fleet officially announced an emergency and raised the alert only 12 hours after the explosions.

The news was unveiled to the general public only two days later. The Russian leadership refused to accept offers of assistance from other countries for four days. At first it was said that radio communication with the crew was maintained, then it was officially confirmed that communication with the crew was carried out through the knocks.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Vladimir Kuroyedov, refused to accept foreign aid and communicated a fake version about the collision of the Kursk with a foreign submarine. On the evening of August 14, Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who was in charge of the investigation into the causes of the accident, said that Russia did not need help from other countries.

In fact, however, the Russian navy was unable to save the dying men. The team of Norwegian divers, who were called for help when it was too late, and who arrived at the scene on August 20, managed to open the hatch in the 9th compartment of the sunken cruiser a day later. It was already filled with water.

On August 23, President Putin addressed the nation. He said that communication with the sub had been lost at 23:30 on August 12, while rescue works began four hours after the tragedy. Communication with the Kursk was lost at 11:28 a.m. on August 12, and rescue operations began 29 and a half hours later. The first attempt to dock with the 9th compartment hatch coaming platform was made only 43 and a half hours after the explosions.

Putin claimed that the fleet had all the necessary life-saving means that were fully operational. That was a lie too. The Northern Fleet had only one obsolete rescue vessel "Mikhail Rudnitsky" and three rescue vehicles, all of which had broken down repeatedly during the rescue operations. None of the submersible vehicles could dock with the hatch of the 9th compartment.

Putin stated that foreign aid was accepted as soon as it was offered. However, the decision to attract foreign rescuers was made by the President of Russia, only when it became clear to him that the situation was critical, and the rescue operation was absolutely disastrous.

The Russian authorities had been unwilling to recognise the relatives of the perished submariners as victims. They were recognized as such only when they turned to Putin personally. The Kursk case had been classified immediately, and the relatives were never able to get acquainted with the materials of the case. The lawyer of the victims, Boris Kuznetsov, managed to declassify the case only through the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. In 2002 he appealed against the decision not to open a criminal case. However, all Russian courts refused to relatives of the deceased submariners. The lawyer then appealed to the Strasbourg court on behalf of the father of the deceased Lieutenant-Commander Dmitry Kolesnikov.

In 2010 the ECHR communicated the Kolesnikov vs. Russia complaint and tried to contact the applicant's lawyer. However, a far-fetched criminal case had been filed against lawyer Kuznetsov by that time for disclosing state secret. The lawyer was forced to leave Russia and seek political asylum in the United States. The ECHR approached the applicant himself - Roman Kolesnikov, a retired captain of the 1st rank (late Kursk submariner Dmitry Kolesnikov continued the family dynasty).

However, the father of the deceased submariner withdrew his complaint about the Kursk case. "Nobody is fighting these lies, corruption, theft, although the president and the prime minister make very nice statements. Can I stand up and fight? They will point fingers at me and call me Don Quixote. Of course, everyone understands that it was a lie, that they did not take efforts to rescue the men, that everything in the Navy had long been sold and squandered."

The materials of the investigation into the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine continue to remain classified. In accordance with Russian law, 30 years after the disaster, a commission may be established to decide on the possibility to lift the label of secrecy from the Kursk files.


The Tragedy Of The Russian Submarine “Kursk” – A Naval Disaster For Russia In The Year 2000

The Kursk submarine disaster was the largest naval tragedy ever to happen in the Russian Federation during peacetime. The country had been experiencing a lot of political turmoil in the 90s following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and it now entered the new millennium rather tragically.

The Oscar-class, nuclear-powered submarine Kursk (K-141), named after the location of the famous WWII tank battle, sank on 12th of August, 2000, in the Barents Sea in northern Russia, claiming the lives of 118 men. The entire crew of the Kursk died on the bottom of the sea, mostly due to the lack of safety measures aboard and the utter lack of preparation for emergency situations by the authorities.

The disaster occurred during a large naval exercise conducted by the Russian Navy. It was the first major exercise in 10 years and an opportunity to prove that the successor of the Soviet Army is capable of responding to potential threats. The exercise included 30 ships and three submarines. Although it is not usual for submarines to carry combat weapons during such training, Kursk was armed with 18 anti-ship torpedoes and 22 cruise missiles.

The sailors aboard the Kursk were recognized as the best crew of the North Fleet for their conduct just before the accident. The submarine itself was considered unsinkable and capable of withstanding a direct torpedo hit. It was claimed that Kursk was capable of confronting entire formations of US aircraft carriers.

Apparently, one of the torpedoes aboard the Kursk was damaged during transport and it was leaking fuel. It is possible that the damage occurred during transport, as several sources later claimed that they witnessed when the torpedo was dropped on the ground. Nevertheless, it was loaded on the submarine. This particular torpedo wasn’t armed with warheads and the inspection gave it little attention, but noticed the leakage.

The officers neglected the malfunction, for the exercise was a top priority, and it had to be conducted on schedule. The military high command had long before been involved in corruption scandals, often neglecting the malfunctioning equipment in the Russian Army. The fate of the sailors was thus sealed.

The fuel leakage led to the initial explosion. Two minutes and 14 seconds after the first explosion in the torpedo compartment, the fire it triggered set off a second explosion of five to seven combat-ready torpedo warheads.

The seismic readings of the explosions were first caught by a Norwegian seismic array at 11:29h on Saturday, 12th of August, 2000. The Russian command lost contact with the Kursk after the explosions took place, but didn’t even acknowledge that the submarine suffered an accident for six hours. After it became obvious that something was wrong, a rescue operation was organized, failing to locate the submarine during the first day.

A portion of a note written by Captain-lieutenant Dmitri Kolesnikov, found on his body in the ninth compartment. 󈫼.08.2000 15:15 It is dark to write, but I will try by feel. It seems there is no chance, 10 to 20 percent. Let’s hope someone will read this Here is a list of the personnel of the sections who are in the ninth (section) and will try to get out. Hello to everyone, there is no need for despair Kolesnikov”

Meanwhile, the Kremlin was informed of the event the day after it occurred. Vladimir Putin, who was in his first year of presidency, was assured that the exercise was going as planned even while the search was authorized. On Sunday, 13th of August, the Army officials tried to conceal the accident, giving a statement to the media that the exercise was conducted superbly, with the exception of the Kursk as it suffered “minor technical difficulties.” At this time, the Navy knew that the submarine was lost, but feared to give any pieces of information about it, since they themselves knew little.

But the families of the missing men were already worried. None of them had called home, and a chilling feeling resonated around the Vidyaevo Naval Base, which was the home of the men aboard the Kursk. Several misleading stories about a temporary communication breakdown were offered to the families, but none of those seemed plausible. It was obvious that something was going on beneath the surface.

The Russian Navy nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine OMSK (K-186), which became the fifth OSCAR-II class unit to complete a transfer to the Russian Pacific Fleet, as seen from a Patrol Squadron Nine aircraft. Photograph taken i Bering Sea. This is not K-141 Kursk, but her sistership K-186 Omsk

The Kursk was slowly turning into an international scandal. Since the Norwegians picked up the readings that clearly indicated that an underwater explosion took place in the Barents Sea, the British government along with the USA, Norway, Israel, France, Germany, and Italy offered help. The Russians dismissed the offer, claiming that a rescue operation was well under way and that everything was under control.

Somebody within the government made claims that the Kursk was badly damaged due to a collision with a NATO submarine, which turned out to be a complete act of paranoia. Nevertheless, this claim fueled the Russian stand to refuse any foreign assistance.

On Monday, 14th of August, an official statement was given. The Navy told the press that the submarine had “descended to the ocean floor,” that they had established contact with the crew, were pumping air and power to the ship, and that “everyone on board is alive.”

President Putin met with relatives of the dead sailors in Vidyayevo in a contentious meeting during which the families complained about the Russian Navy’s response to the disaster. Kremlin.ru – CC BY 4.0

The pressure was rising, as the Russian government continued to mislead the public. Four days after the accident some of the Navy officials claimed that the Kursk was damaged after it hit an old underwater mine that dated from the WWII era.

The public was furious. Family members of the crew protested, asking for additional information, as they were given next to none. Some of the family members weren’t notified by the authorities at all and learned everything about their husbands, sons and brothers fate through the newspapers.

Meanwhile, all rescue attempts failed to due to bad weather conditions and inappropriate equipment. British and Norwegian divers finally gained authorization to help with the rescue mission but were given many restrictions. The Russians still feared to let the foreigners go near the submarine. They were extremely cautious concerning the Kursk, for it represented the pinnacle of Soviet engineering.

After the international team had inspected the wreck, they learned of the first casualties. The explosions killed most of the men aboard, but 23 sailors survived. Due to the slow reaction by the authorities, the men slowly suffocated as the oxygen reserves were depleted.

It was time to come out with the truth. On August 21st, the Chief of Staff of the Russian Northern Fleet, Mikhail Motsak, announced to the public that the Kursk had flooded, and the crew was dead. The next day, President Putin met with the families of the dead sailors and officers.

Kursk Memorial. Christopher Michel – CC BY 2.0.

During the meeting, Nadezhda Tylik, the mother of Kursk submariner Lt. Sergei Tylik, was extremely emotional and interrupted the meeting. She shouted at the President and was forcibly restrained. This scandal echoed around the world, emphasizing the tragedy that claimed the lives of 118 men.

The Russian government committed to raising the wreck in a US$65M salvage operation. They contracted with the Dutch marine salvage companies Smit International and Mammoet to raise the Kursk from the sea floor. It became the largest salvage operation of its type ever accomplished

On 8 October 2001, fourteen months after the disaster, and only five months after the contract had been awarded to them, the salvage team raised the remainder of the ship in a 15-hour operation. Once the sub was raised and joined to the barge, it was carried back under the barge to the Russian Navy’s Roslyakovo Shipyard in Murmansk.

In Murmansk the Kursk was moved into a drydock, then the hull of the ship was gradually opened, and the bodies of all but three of the 118 personnel on board were recovered. The last three were so badly destroyed by the blast and fire that their bodies could not be identified or recovered.


August 14: 15 years ago today the Russian Kursk submarine sank killing all on board

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1969: British troops were sent to Northern Ireland to 'restore law and order'.

The intervention followed three days and two nights of intense violence in the mainly-Catholic Bogside area of Londonderry.

Clashes between Catholics and Protestants in August 1969 are widely seen as the beginning of the thirty-year conflict known as the Troubles.

1979: Dozens died after a freak storm hit the Fastnet yacht race in the Irish Sea.

The chaos on the third day of the race was caused by Force seven winds stirring huge waves along with unpredictable.

The rescue operation involved some 4,000 people including the entire Irish Naval Service's fleet, lifeboats, commercial boats, and helicopters.

1979: Former MP John Stonehouse, who faked his own death, was released from prison.

The disgraced politician served three years of a seven year sentence, having been allowed to leave early on health grounds.

After his release, he worked as a volunteer fundraiser for the east London charity, Community Links, for several years .

1983: Actress Mila Kunis was born in Ukraine.

She moved to Los Angeles when she was seven and her big break into acting came as Jackie Burkhart on the TV series That '70s Show.

2000: Russian submarine 'Kursk' sank in the barents sea, killing all 118 on board.

The disaster took place during a Russian naval exercise which involved 30 ships and three submarines.

Following reports of the explosion it took more than 16 hours for rescue teams to locate the sunken ship.

2010: The first Summer Youth Olympic Games were held in Singapore.

The Games featured about 3,600 athletes aged 14-18 from 205 nations, who competed in 201 events in 26 sports.

Unfortunately, host nation Singapore failed to win any gold medals during the event.


Excerpts from Various Articles

From a Russian magazine report.

…….The American nuclear submarine SSN 691 Memphis, Los-Angeles class, is currently located at the Norwegian port in Bergen. A representative of the Norwegian embassy in Moscow told the Russian RIA “Novosti” news agency that the ‘Memphis’ entered the Norwegian port “for repairs.” Initially the Norwegian embassy refused to say when the American submarine requested entry to and entered the Norwegian base. Shortly after publishing this information, RIA “Novosti” was contacted by another representative of the Norwegian embassy, Ule Hopestad, who said that his colleague, who gave the initial interview to the news agency, provided “incorrect information” due to his “problems with the Russian language. According to Ule Hopestad, the ‘Memphis’ entered the Norwegian port in Bergen on August 18 not for repairs but to replenish its supplies of food and to allow its crew to rest. Norwegian officials say that ‘Memphis’ was scheduled to arrive to Bergen almost two months in advance.

According to the Russian Defense Minister, Igor Sergeyev, Russian experts are studying satellite photos of the area where “Kursk” sank. ‘Memphis’ was detected by satellites when it surfaced and was traveling at a very low speed away from the general area of the “Kursk” accident toward Norway. Later the American submarine accelerated to around 8-9 knots (16-17 km/h) and proceeded along the Norwegian coast toward Bergen (roughly 1,900 km from the site of the “Kursk” accident along the Norwegian coastline). The submarine was generally identified as a Los-Angeles class and later was determined to be the SSN 691 ‘Memphis’. The unidentified foreign submarine was initially detected by the Russian nuclear cruiser “Peter the Great” after it intercepted a NATO radio distress signal originated by the submarine, requesting emergency entry to one of Norwegian naval bases.

Representatives of the Norwegian embassy in Moscow told RIA “Novosti” that the American submarine was seen by Norwegian journalists. However, attempts on the part of the Russian news agency to locate these journalists have failed…..

This snapshot was made by the Russian intelligence satellite on August 19, 2000 from the altitude of 40 thousand meters. This is the Norwegian naval base Haakonsvern, arranged on the coast of a Grimstad-fiord in a province Hordalan, in nine kilometers to the southwest from Bergen. Geographical coordinates of base are 60-20-20 N, 5-13-53 E, ? = +20?. Naval base Haakonsvern is used by the small and medium ships – up to frigate class, but not for for submarines.

On the August, 19 the nuclear submarine of the Los Angeles class has come into Haakonsvern and moored in the piers close to the frigate of Oslo class. A submarine moored in the piers, instead of dock, because the docks in Haakonsvern, we have to repeat, are not assigned for submarines, especially nuclear. We presume that the name of this boat is Memphis or Toledo. Both of them are of Los Angeles class submarines. The submarines of this class are of 109,7 meters length, 10,1 meters high and 9,9 meters width. Displacement is of 6000 tons.

The boat coming for the repair had considerable damages in the bow, and that was captured by the means of optical-electronic reconnaissance. The thick rubber-ceramic skin of the submarine was torn off, as a peel from a banana. Obviously the steel inner hall was also damaged.

The boat has been repaired for 8 days. On the August, 27 in second half of day she left the base and has departed to the coast of Britain. The boat doubled the British islands in the east, entered Southampton on the southern coast of England and became on repair in closed dock.

The following is a brief review of all available facts relevant to the accident aboard “Kursk”:

“Kursk” is the flagship submarine of Russia’s Northern Fleet. It sailed for the first time in 1994 and entered active service in 1995. It is one of the newest Russian submarines and an important element of Russia’s national defense.

The submarine’s standard crew is 107 men. “Kursk” sank with 118 men aboard. Apparently, the 11 “extra” crew were various Navy officials present onboard to observe training exercises. The complete list of the sub’s standard crew was published by the Russian press.

The submarine sank in shallow waters approximately 135 km from the shore. Currently, “Kursk” is resting at the depth of only 108 meters, at a 25-deg nose-down pitch and a 60-deg roll to the right. The sub is located in the middle of an extremely strong localized underwater current.

The rescue buoy was not released. The escape capsule was not used.

The submarine has a large hole along the right side in the forward sections. Scratch marks extend to the fin, which also has some impact damage. The fin never touched the seabed.

Large pieces of the sub’s hull are scattered across the seabed.

The submarine left a relatively long trail on the seabed.

All the external masts and the periscope were extended. These systems are extended only when the sub is surfaced, surfacing, or traveling at the periscope depth of about 10 meters. Before the sub dives all masts are retracted inside the hull. This is done even during an rapid emergency dive.

At least five of the nine and perhaps all of the sub’s compartments are believed to be flooded. Norwegian divers confirmed that the entire submarine is flooded.

The official Russian government commission concluded that the sub sank because of a powerful explosion onboard. The cause of the explosion is believed to be a collision with an unidentified massive external body with approximate displacement of 7,000-8,000 metric tons traveling at over 6 knots (faster than “Kursk”) at the depth of 20-25 meters. The impact was at a 20-30-degree angle between the velocity vectors of “Kursk” and the unidentified external object.

Russian media reports indicate that the external object, which hit “Kursk” was attempting to steer away to the left and down from the Russian submarine in the last moments before the collision.

At the time of the accident, Russian heavy nuclear cruiser “Peter the Great” detected a powerful hydro acoustic compression wave, which may indicate an underwater explosion. The signal’s location was calculated, which later allowed to locate “Kursk.”

“Peter the Great” also detected green-and-white rescue buoys, which later disappeared. The Russian Navy uses only red-and-white rescue buoys. Green-and-white ones are used by the US, UK, and Norwegian navies.

After locating “Kursk”, the cruiser detected a second large object on the bottom of the sea, which was identified as a foreign submarine. Two NATO “Orion” naval reconnaissance aircraft were detected by “Peter the Great” in the area shortly after the accident.

According to unnamed Russian Navy officials quoted by the Russian press, a coded NATO radio communication was intercepted after the explosion aboard “Kursk” was detected. The radio message, addressed to the Norwegian Navy, originated from a NATO submarine, and requested an emergency entry to one of the Norwegian naval bases for a five-day stay.

Russian reconnaissance satellites detected a surfaced Los Angeles class submarine moving toward Norwegian coast at a very low speed. According to unnamed Russian Navy officials, the submarine was later identified as possibly being the SSN 691 Memphis.

The United States government and military officials confirmed that two of their submarines and a reconnaissance vessel, the “Loyal”, were observing Russian naval exercises. Americans denied that any of their submarines were involved in the accident with “Kursk.”

Vladimir Putin had a lengthy conversation with Bill Clinton about “Kursk,” after which he gave the “go ahead” for the Russian Navy to seek foreign help. Putin ordered Russian Navy officials to travel to the NATO headquarter in Brussels and to evaluate NATO’s ability to assist with the rescue operation. Russia has officially accepted help offers from the UK and Norway.

On August 17 the head of the CIA, George Tennet, secretly arrived to Moscow from Sofia, Bulgaria. Shortly after Russian journalists became aware of the visit. Bulgarian officials made no secret of the matter and confirmed that the head of the CIA went to Moscow. When confronted by the journalists, Russian officials stated that the unusual visit was related to the situation in Yugoslavia, and not to the accident aboard “Kursk.” On the same day Russian reconnaissance satellites confirmed that a US Los Angeles class submarine entered a naval base in Norway.

On May 11, the Russian Military News Agency (AVN) reported that in July-August of 2000 the Northern Fleet will be conducted a training rescue operation. As a part of the operation, one of the Northern Fleet’s nuclear submarines was supposed to lay on the seabed at the depth of about 100 meters. The rescue vessel to perform the training rescue mission was identified as “Rudnitsky.”

“Mikhail Rudnitsky” rescue vessel was among the first ships to arrive at the site of the accident.

Norway and the United States confirmed that the Los Angeles class submarine SSN 691 Memphis entered a Norwegian naval base for repairs on August 17-18. Americans refused to say when the ‘Memphis’ requested entry to the base or whether these were planned repairs or an emergency situation.

Russian Federation has officially requested a technical report from Norway detailing the nature of repairs carried out on Memphis.

The head of the Russian parliamentary national security committee, Dmitry Rogozin, said that an international group of experts will investigate a possibility of a collision between “Kursk” and a foreign submarine. Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, confirmed this information.

The crash site of “Kursk” is being heavily guarded by several surface vessels and attack submarines of the Northern Fleet. Two research vessels equipped with advances hydro-acoustic systems are mapping the seabed and underwater currents in the area of the accident.

Some Russian regional administration officials from Murmansk area stated that there were two civilian torpedo experts from a military research organization aboard “Kursk” supervising a test-launch of an experimental torpedo that uses liquid propellant.

A Brief History Of US/Russian submarine collisions

Here’s a short list of known collisions.

1961 USS Swordfish (SSN-579) is on a spy mission in Soviet waters when a Soviet sub surfaces underneath it.

196? A US sub, possibly USS Skipjack, on a spy mission in Soviet waters, collides with a destroyer. Finally made public in a New York Times article in 1975.

July 1965. USS Medregal rams a Greek freighter.

March 1966. USS Barbel rams a freighter near North Vietnam.

December 1967. USS George C. Marshall (SSBN-654) is grazed by a Russian sub.

October 9, 1968. This appears to be the historical precedent for the Kursk sinking. A Russian sub operating normally collided with an unknown sub in the Barents sea, leaving a sizable hole in the Russian sub. Russian intelligence notes the arrival of a damaged sub in a Norwegian port a few days later.

November 1969. USS Gato’s sail hits the hull of a soviet sub.

March 14, 1970. USS Sturgeon bashes her sonar dome against a Russian sub’s sail.

June 1970. USS Tautog is rammed by Black Lila. It is erroneously assumed at the time that Black Lila sank.

March 1971. An unnamed US sub operating 12 miles off of the Soviet coast collides with a Russian sub. Reported in the New York Times in 1975.

Mid-1971. USS Dace hits a Russian sub in the Mediterranean.

Late 1971 or early 1972. USS Puffer is trailing a Soviet sub when the Soviet sub unexpectedly dives, bumping into Puffer.

March 1974. USS Pintado rams a Soviet missile boat while on a spy mission in Soviet waters near Petropavlovsk. Reported in the San Diego Evening Tribune in 1975.

November 3rd, 1974. USS James Madison hits an unknown Russian Victor class attack sub in the North Sea. Reported by columnist Jack Anderson.

1981. HMS Sceptre is trailing a Russian sub and rear-ends it.

October 1986. USS Augusta, while testing a new computer sonar system to make detecting enemy subs easier, rams a Soviet sub. The Augusta claims they rammed a Delta class. Others report it was a Yankee missile boat that subsequently sank.

December 24, 1986. HMS Splendid and a Soviet sub were trying to dodge out of each other’s way when they collided. HMS Splendid’s towed sonar array became tangled in the other sub and was lost.

February 11, 1992. USS Baton Rouge hits a Soviet sub near Murmansk. For the first time, and in response to Yeltsin’s demands, the US Navy publicly acknowledges the collision.

March 20, 1993. USS Grayling with a Russian sub in the Barent’s Sea.

Collisions between US surface ships and Russian submarines

The above list does NOT include the numerous times that US surface ships have been involved in collisions with Russian submarines.

The above photo is of a Russian Echo II submarine wallowing with its sail awash following a collision with USS Voge on August 28, 1976. The photo and descrpition is from Jane’s Defense.

The above photo is an overhead photo, also from Jane’s Defense, of a Russian Echo II submarine running on the surface.

The above photo is a close up on the sail of the Echo II submarine.

Photo of submarines in dry dock.

NEW! MOre excerpts from news reports.

Russian vice-premier: US government concealed Kursk/US sub collision due to US election..

Chaos keeps secrets of Kursk on hold

AMONG those keenest to see the United States election result declared are Russian leaders, with a deputy prime minister saying he then expects the US to come clean about involvement in the sinking of the submarine Kursk.

The Russian vice-premier, Ilia Klebanov, said divers searching the submarine, which went down with all hands in the summer, had found new evidence that it collided with a foreign submarine.

But Mr Klebanov told the Russian media that the US government had been concealing that fact over fears that it would upset the election campaign.

“It was concealed because the United States was preparing for elections. In several days further there will be more information. It was clear it was another submarine – 80 per cent [sure] it was American.”

Mr Klebanov is the most senior figure to echo the navy’s insistence that a foreign sub, rather than incompetence, was the reason the Kursk blew up.

Chris Stephen In St Petersburg

Saturday, 11th November 2000 The Scotsman

MOSCOW, Nov 8 (AFP) – Russia has “serious” proof that the Kursk nuclear submarine sank after colliding with another submarine, Interfax cited a top minister leading an investigation into the disaster as saying Wednesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said after a government meeting on the accident that investigators had collected “serious video proof” that the Kursk went down after smashing into another submarine.

Russia claims part of foreign sub found near Kursk

The Dossier of the Kursk Murderer Foreign Affairs News Keywords: RUSSIA, KURSK Source: Russia Today Published: August 21, 2000 Posted on 08/21/2000 20:59:43 PDT by Sawdring

On Saturday night, commanders of the Russian Navy confirmed officially that there is not anyone alive on board of Kursk submarine, that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea a week before. In fact, they have known this since Wednesday – Segodnya wrote, – but have feared to admit this.

One of the possible versions of the shipwreck is as follows. On the night of August 12, according to the plan of military exercise, Kursk was to carry out a night torpedo attack on a training military target from the periscope depth. At the depth of 25 meters, when the submarine was going up, it hit a large underwater object, which was moving at much higher speed at the same depth or a little higher. The moving object has been identified as “foreign nuclear multi-purpose submarine”.

The two submarines were aware about the presence of each other, but could have had problems with hydro-acoustic signals at that very moment, because they were both near the surface of water. According to the preliminary observations, the two submarines collided at the angle of 20 to 30 degrees. The dynamic blow was the equivalent of a 100 to 150 kilogram trotil explosion and was registered by Norwegian seismologists. The blow hit a place on Kursk where its two largest modules were connected – the first torpedo module and the second command module. The combat alarm was sounded at Kursk before the explosion and the crew was at its posts, according to combat schedules. This means that around forty crew members who were in the first and in the second modules died immediately.

In the meantime, the killer submarine continued its destruction of Kursk. Moving very tightly to Kursk, it must have opened its light shell up to the sixth module, and the strong shell – up to the fourth module. It operated like a can opener with its right horizontal stabilizer on the side of Kursk.

The situation at Kursk was desperate, as the water flooded the first module in no time, drowning the power supply. The submarine became de-energized and its nuclear engine was turned off by its protection system. The

submarine started to fall on the sea bottom at a 45 degree trim by the bow.

The killer-submarine must have had large injuries as well. There could be parts of its light shell on board the Kursk and on the sea bottom. Still, its energy system continued to operate, and this enabled the crew to liquidate the leak and to move away from the catastrophe zone, hiding in the hydro-acoustic shades of Russian ships.

Monday, August 21, Segodnya.

(circulation 100,000) Owned by the Most Group headed by Vladimir Gusinsky, the paper was set up in 1993 and now targets a business-minded audience. It has managed to pool some good journalists who report on a wide range of issues and opinions, although some have since defected to the new daily, Russkie Telegraf.

Foreign Sub Sent SOS Near Kursk

Foreign Affairs News Keywords: KURSK Source: Yahoo Reuters News Posted on 11/21/2000 06:18:21 PST by BeamMeUpScotty

Russia recorded SOS signals from a foreign submarine when its own nuclear submarine, the Kursk, was sinking with 118 sailors on board in August, a top navy commander said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday.

The cause of the accident with the Kursk in the Barents Sea remains unclear but Russian officials have said a collision was a possibility. The United States and Britain have denied their submarines were involved.

Northern Fleet commander Vyacheslav Popov told the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta there was growing evidence the Kursk sank after a collision with a foreign vessel.

“The ‘Polinom’ hydro-acoustic system located SOS signals sent by a mechanical transmitter,” Popov said, referring to Russian naval surveillance equipment.

“Further spectral analysis made by the Northern Fleet laboratory showed that the signal belonged to a foreign submarine in the area,” he said.

US submarines pretended to be Soviet submarines violating Sweden’s territory to turn Swedish public opinion against the USSR.

NEW! Russia has again denied the collision story regarding the sinking of Kursk, now claiming that the contact made with another submarine was actually a large jellyfish, apparently forgetting their story issued in November 2000 that they had recorded the “jellyfish” sending radio messages.

It has cost far more the sever the bow of thre Kursk and leave it out of sight on the sea floor than it would have cost to raise the whole sub. I wonder how many of the Pentagon’s missing trillions paid for the Russians’ silance?

Kursk update
02/19/02 Russians now saying evidence of foreign sub in Kursk sinking was just a “large jellyfish”, apparently forgetting the earlier report that the radio signals sent by the “Jellyfish” had been recorded, as reported by Reuter’s in November 2000.

Back on February 11, 1992, the USS Baton Rouge 1992 rammed a Russian sub near Murmansk. This was the only time the US has ever admitted to a ramming when it actually happened and resulted from Boris Yeltsin’s demand for a public apology. However, the awareness than US subs were operating so closely to Russia produced a backlash of anger against Yeltsin’s efforts to bring the US and Russia closer together, and helped bring Yeltsin down. I wonder how much of the Pentagon’s missing trillions helped buy the Russians’ silence.

FRENCH NEWSPAPER CLAIMS KURSK SUNK BY US TORPEDO. (Babelfish translation)


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