DIVERS ENTER SUNKEN SUB'S FOURTH COMPARTMENT... Russian
divers on 6 November entered the fourth compartment of the
"Kursk" nuclear submarine, which sunk in the Barents Sea in
August during maneuvers. The previous day, divers had entered
that section of the vessel but had found their work hampered
by poor visibility and the risk posed by debris obstructing
their movements. The fourth compartment served as living
quarters for the crew; at the time of the explosions that
rocked the submarine, no more than 12 people are likely to
have been there, according to Interfax. Of the 12 bodies
recovered so far, 10 have been identified. JC
...AS NAVY COMMANDER STICKS TO FOREIGN SUB THEORY. Admiral
Vladimir Kuroedov told Interfax on 3 November he is "certain"
that the "Kursk" disaster was caused by a collision with a
foreign submarine. He said that he is in possession of
"certain facts" but has "insufficient proof" for the time
being. However, "proof does not only lie on the sea bed," he
added without elaborating. Kuroedov said that he will defend
his position at the 8 November session of the government
commission investigating the reasons why the "Kursk" sank.
Last week, "Zhizn" and "Novaya gazeta" both reported that the
"Kursk" had been hit by a "Vodopad" underwater torpedo fired
by the Russian warship "Petr Velikii." But "The Moscow Times"
on 4 November quoted Russian and Western experts as
dismissing that theory. Several weeks after the disaster, the
"Berliner Zeitung" had reported that that a Granit missile
fired from "Petr Velikii" sank the "Kursk" (see "RFE/RL
Newsline," 8 September 2000). JC
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