CAUSE OF THE KURSK’S SINKING STILL UNKNOWN

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Parlamentskaya Gazeta, July 3, 2002, p. 4

Rear Admiral Valery Dorogin has announced that the resolution on the causes of the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine has been signed by members of the government commission, but not yet approved by President Vladimir Putin, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

We have not yet received an official press statement. However, it is known that the Kursk sank because of “a thermal explosion of torpedo 65-76 fuel components.”

However, this reveals nothing new. The main question – what caused the torpedo fuel to explode – remained unanswered. It became known that in the course of the commission’s work two of the three theories were followed up and rejected – a collision with either an underwater or a surface object, or collision with a World War II mine.

Signing a resolution on the causes of the wreck doesn’t mean that the work on destroying the remaining fragments of the first compartment is finished. The Main Military Prosecutor’s Office is expected to issue permission to destroy them.

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