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Russia Marks Fifth Anniversary of 'Kursk' Tragedy

A Russian rescue sub trying to reach the crew of the 'Kursk' in August 2000 12 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Russians today remember the 118 seamen who died on board the nuclear-powered "Kursk" submarine that sank in the Barents Sea five years ago.

Memorial services are being held today for the "Kursk" crew by all of Russia's fleets and military districts, with flags flying at half-mast.

On 12 August 2000, a faulty torpedo detonated on board the submarine, causing an explosion that sank it.

The government and the military were criticized for waiting until 20 August before seeking foreign assistance to rescue 23 of the sailors who survived the explosion.

The entire crew of the nuclear submarine died.


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