The documents of the presidential archive, published in the special issue, allow “to deal with many vulgar versions that are walking in the yellow press and the Internet, including the Italian version,Kudryashov said, speaking in the Russian Historical Society.
According to this version, the battleship was blown up by Italian underwater saboteurs. Now "you can" say hello to the Italian submariners ", since Novorossiysk died due to lack of attention and lack of organization of the crew, he explained.
A rusty German mine exploded during the war. The crew did not notice her, and after the explosion was confused,he noted, adding that one of the reasons for the death of the battleship was the crew’s confidence that the ship would not sink.
The agency recalls that the ship of the Soviet Black Sea fleet "Novorossiysk" until 1948 was part of the Italian Navy under the name "Giulio Cesare."
“The ship sank on the Sevastopol raid on October 29 1955, more than 800 people were killed. In Italy, they claimed that the Italian saboteurs sank the battleship - the former head of the 10 commando flotilla of assault vehicles, Prince Valerio Borghese, allegedly vowed revenge when the ship was handed over to the USSR, ”the material says.
The investigation of the incident involved a government commission. According to her report, it is most likely that a German mine exploded during the Great Patriotic War exploded under the battleship.