DIVERS BEGIN WORK ON ENTERING SUB'S FOURTH COMPARTMENT.
Russian Navy Commander Vladimir Kuroedov on 2 November halted
work on the third compartment of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear
submarine, deeming it too dangerous for divers to enter,
Interfax reported. Meanwhile, divers have begun cutting a
hole into the fourth compartment. Northern Fleet spokesman
Vladimir Navrotskii was quoted as saying that information
about the state of the third and fourth compartments is vital
for making a decision on how to raise the submarine next
year. Some observers have suggested that the recovery
operation is now focused on retrieving sensitive equipment
rather than the bodies of the 118-strong crew (see "RFE/RL
Newsline," 1 November 2000). JC
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