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The incident recalled the explosion that ended with the Kursk in 2000, killing 118 people.
The latest fashion series transmitted by HBO was Chernobyl, and there it is seen how the Soviet Union moved the political and bureaucratic threads to distort the reality and information that interested them that their population knew. Something similar happened now 33 years later after an accident of a submarine.
A ship that transited the Barents Sea, allegedly conducting research on the environment and the seabed, suffered a fire that cost the lives of fourteen people, including seven officers.
Although the Russian government’s information indicated that the submarine was carrying out peaceful work, Wladimir Putin refused to give more details about the causes of the alleged accident and declared the matter a “state secret”.
The victims died poisoned, and Russian media reported that the submarine affected could have been a nuclear model AS-12, also known as Losharik, used for deep operations, usually of a military nature.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov merely reported that “this information can not be made public in its entirety.” It falls within the category of State secret, the Russian military’s staff has complete information on the tragedy. “
The Minister of Defense, Serguei Shoigu, moved to the military base of Severomorsk, in the Arctic, to lead the investigations. The secretary of state also informed that in the accident there were survivors (without specifying how many), among which a civilian who together with other people was protected in a hermetically sealed place stands out.
The recent tragedy recalled the accident of the nuclear submarine Kursk, 155 meters long and four stories high, which in 2000 sank during a naval exercise in the Barents Sea with 118 crew on board.
The most terrible thing of that case was that at the moment of the explosion of a torpedo only seven sailors would have died, and the rest had a slow agony.
As is his custom the Russian Navy tried at first to keep the tragedy secret, however the relatives of the sailors and Kursk officers began to press publicly to learn about the fate of their loved ones, and finally the authorities recognized the disaster.
The official investigation reported that the last survivors only resisted four hours after the explosion. The following note was found in the submarine’s refloated remains: “All the crew members of the sixth, seventh and eighth compartments went to the ninth, there are 23 people here, we made this decision as a result of the accident, none of us can rise to the surface. I write blindly . it seems we have no big chance (to live). a 10 or 20% “.