Viktor Baranets Komsomolskaya Pravda, February 24, 2001, p. 9
Emergency-in-the-torpedo-compartment hypothesis appears to be ranking the highest. All previous suspicions were confirmed when we approached a scientist involved in the investigation. “Kursk skipper Gennadi Lyachin flashed the following message to headquarters. “Carrying a malfunctioning torpedo. Request permission to fire it…” he says.
Some nuances indicate that officials are also coming to this conclusion. The other day Deputy Premier Ilya Klebanov talked to correspondents of a foreign newspaper recently and all but said so.