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DATE=8/21/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RUSSIA SUB (2ND L UPDATE) NUMBER=2-265691 BYLINE=LAURIE KASSMAN DATELINE=MOSCOW CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Russia's attempts to rescue sailors aboard a cripple submarine are over. Norwegian divers say there are no survivors on the sunken Kursk nuclear submarine. A Russian navy spokesman says the divers may use remote-controlled cameras to examine the inside of the vessel. Correspondent Laurie Kassman has the latest details from Moscow. TEXT: A spokesman for the Norwegian divers told reporters the submarine is full of water and there are no survivors among the 118 sailors aboard the ill- fated Kursk submarine. Divers are now expected to use a remote-controlled camera to examine the inside of the crippled submarine, which crashed to the bottom of the Barents Sea some ten days ago. Norwegian divers had managed to open the outside hatch at the rear of the submarine earlier in the morning. Inside they found the escape compartment flooded with no signs of life. Russian officials had insisted the hatch was too badly damaged to open but Norway's military contradicted that information. Then, the divers managed to open the inside hatch and discovered the rear compartment of the submarine was flooded, indicating no more air left inside. Already on Saturday Navy officials had almost ruled out finding any survivors. A special commission will use the information gathered by the divers to figure out the cause of what the chief of staff of Russia's Northern Fleet describes as the worst disaster in the history of the country's elite nuclear fleet. President Vladimir Putin says his government is increasing its help for relatives of the Kursk crew. ///PUTIN ACT IN RUSSIAN AND FADE/// The government has already allocated funds for the relatives, he says but we will also help local authorities provide them with lodging and medical, communications and transport services. The government is tripling the special funds for relatives of the Kursk crew to the equivalent of about 535-thousand dollars. Offers of help are pouring in from all over Russia. Businessman Boris Berezovsky is reported to have promised more than one million dollars from business leaders. Newspapers also have published ads from several private charities seeking more donations. Newspaper editorials continue to lash out at the government for its handling of the disaster amid increasing anger over President Putin's initial reluctance to accept foreign offers of help. An opinion poll published Monday shows most of those responding criticize Russia's leadership for waiting until four days after the accident to accept foreign assistance. (Signed) NEB/LMK/GE 21-Aug-2000 07:48 AM LOC (21-Aug-2000 1148 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .