RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 207, Part I, 25 October 2000

DIVERS COMPLETE ENTRY HOLE IN 'KURSK' SUBMARINE. Russian and Norwegian divers have completed a hole in the hull of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine that will allow Russian divers to enter the vessel in search of bodies of the 118 crew members. The operation was temporarily suspended earlier this week owing to deteriorating weather conditions (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 24 October 2000). According to AP on 25 October, Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Kuroedov is to assess the situation at the site of the disaster before deciding whether to proceed with the operation. The news agency quoted Northern Fleet spokesman Vladimir Navrotskii as saying that a decision will be made "within hours" and by that time divers will be ready to enter the vessel. Only Russian divers are to go into the interior of the submarine. JC

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