RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 213, Part I, 2 November 2000

Russian and Norwegian divers have finished cutting a hole
into the third compartment of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine,
which sank during maneuvers in the Barents Sea in August, a
Northern Fleet spokesman told Russian Television on 2
November. He added that video cameras have been sent inside
the compartment, which was badly damaged, and a decision will
be made later whether divers will enter or start cutting a
hole in the fourth compartment. To date, four of the bodies
recovered by the divers have been identified, including that
of Dmitrii Kolesnikov, the author of the message indicating
that at least 23 crew members did not die immediately after
the "Kursk" sank (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 26 October 2000). On
1 November, "Kommersant-Daily" reported, citing a "well-
informed source" in the Northern Fleet, that the letter does
not contain any information about the cause of the disaster
but does list the names of the 23 seamen who fled to the
ninth compartment after the submarine sunk. JC

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