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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 218, Part I, 9 November 2000

KLEBANOV SAYS NEW EVIDENCE SUPPORTS 'KURSK' COLLISION
THEORY... Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who heads the
government commission investigating the causes of the sinking
of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine, told journalists on 8
November that pictures taken of the vessel during the recent
recovery operation support the theory that the "Kursk"
collided with another vessel. Scratches and a dent between
the submarine's first and second compartments suggest that
such a collision took place, Russian media quoted Klebanov as
saying. At the same time, Klebanov noted that the
investigative commission is still considering three possible
causes--a collision with another vessel, striking a World War
II mine, and an on-board explosion. Navy commander Admiral
Vladimir Kuroedov recently said he is "certain" that the
"Kursk" disaster was caused by a collision with a foreign
submarine (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 6 November 2000). JC

...AS SECOND NOTE FOUND ON SUBMARINER'S BODY. Klebanov also
revealed on 8 November that a second note had been found on
one of the 12 bodies recovered from the wreck of the "Kursk"
submarine. Russian television channels showed Klebanov
reading parts of the message that detailed how the 23 seamen
who had fled to the vessel's ninth compartment struggled
during the last hours of their lives: "We are all feeling
bad. We are getting weaker from the effects of carbon
monoxide following the fire. Pressure is rising.... We won't
hold out for more than 24 hours." A similar note was found on
the body of another seamen shortly after the recovery
operation got under way (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 26 October
2000). JC

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