IGOR SPASSKY, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF THE RUBIN DESIGN BUREAU, ASSURES THAT RAISING OF THE KURSK SUBMARINE WILL NOT BE VERY RISKY

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Trud, September 7, 2001, p. 2

The newspaper Trud published the interview “Lessons of the Tragedy” on August 22. Rear Admiral Yury Senatsky, a very experienced specialist in raising sunken ships, said that some aspects of the Kursk operation raise many questions. In particular, it is not clear if metal ropes used for raising the submarine will not break in a storm. What will the command of the special expedition do if the weather will worsen? In addition, no one can guarantee that the reactor and missiles installed on the nuclear submarine will not explode if the underwater cruiser falls down. The general director of the Rubin design bureau answered these questions.

Rubin’s specialists have taken in consideration the possibility that the submarine may fall down. Experts have come to a conclusion that such impact will not hurt the reactor and weapons installed on the submarine.

The government has launched a state program aimed at developing the system of search-and-rescue services.

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