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Publications and comments of the foreign press on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy with the submarine "Kursk"

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Memorial to the sailors who died on the nuclear submarine "Kursk"



The submarine K-141 "Kursk" was the pride of the underwater fleet Russia and was considered unsinkable. The tragedy that took place in the Barents Sea on 12 August 2000 proved the opposite. The explosions on board the submarine (and this is the official version) sent her to the bottom. Rescuers, who managed to enter the submarine only nine days later, found that none of the 118 crew members survived.

Despite the fact that 20 years have passed since the tragedy, the Russian and foreign media are actively discussing these events. Moreover, most Western publications blame the Russian authorities for what happened.

The German newspaper Berliner Zeitung writes that the tragic end of the Kursk submarine changed Russia.

Until now, no one knows who of the crew died immediately in the explosion of a torpedo, how many of them were victims of the fire, how many lives were taken by the explosion of other torpedoes. It is only known that in the ninth compartment, 23 crew members managed to isolate and survive, who were waiting for rescue at a depth of 104 meters. According to various sources, they remained alive from several hours to several days. The Berliner Zeitung claims that the last knocks from a submarine were recorded on 15 August.

The German newspaper mentions that the Russian command announced the disappearance of the submarine only 12 hours after the explosion, and the public received information about the catastrophe only two days later.

The Berliner Zeitung, commenting on the tragedy, writes that the death of the Kursk caused many questions in Russian society:

All of Russia wanted to know why the crew did not go out on their own, why a dozen attempts by Russian diving vehicles to dock to the Kursk's hatches failed, and why the country's leadership accepted British and Norwegian offers of assistance only four days later.

Then even theories were put forward that the catastrophe was caused by external reasons. Some wrote about a missile allegedly fired from one of the Russian warships that participated in the exercises, which ended up in the Kursk. Others reported a collision with a British sub.

The fact that help came too late, Western sources blame the military command of the Russian Federation and Putin personally. They consider it an unforgivable mistake that the Norwegian rescuers were connected too late. The Berliner Zeitung emphasizes that Putin decided to return from a vacation in Sochi only on the sixth day after the explosion on the submarine. German journalists believe that the Russian president was more worried about the reputation of the fleet than about the lives of the sailors. Radio Free Europe, which is also not distinguished by any special reverence for the Russian authorities, claims that then he did not know what to do and was "paralyzed by fear."



Radio Liberty stated that the "liquidation of democracy" in Russia began with the Kursk disaster. At the same time, the Berliner Zeitung recalls the words of the military expert Viktor Litovkin, who has the opposite point of view and believes that the death of the submarine served as an impetus for reforming the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, showing the deplorable state of the military fleet.

Radio Free Europe also notes that after the Kursk disaster, Putin began to pay more attention to defense:

His government has launched a major program to revitalize Russia's Armed Forces, increasing defense spending.

At the same time, the Western radio station claims that today in the Russian Federation they are trying not to focus too much on the tragedy that happened 20 years ago, making the events in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Kursk modest and unobtrusive.
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  1. aszzz888
    aszzz888 12 August 2020 13: 29 New
    28
    20 years have passed ... But as if it were yesterday. Eternal Memory to the lost Sailors !!! soldier
    1. Alena Frolovna
      Alena Frolovna 12 August 2020 15: 47 New
      +7
      Those who did not return from the depths ... 20 years ...



      «Wreaths are lowered into the harsh sorrowful water.
      May the living see them, understanding how they need each other.
      All Russia is mourning. This means that we remain the people!
      In the general pain and agony, the body of the country grows together
      ».

      Nikolay Kolychev, Murmansk poet

      "Kursk" went into oblivion in order for us to return from oblivion.

      On August 12, 2000, a tragedy occurred, which became the pain of all the people - as a result of the disaster that occurred during the exercises in the Barents Sea, the nuclear submarine -141 Kursk sank.

      EVERLASTING MEMORY!
    2. Crimean partisan 1974
      Crimean partisan 1974 13 August 2020 11: 18 New
      +1
      20 years have passed ... And as if it was yesterday ..... yesterday with the boys we remembered the guys. today I just went to the periscope ....... Eternal Memory ... today I looked at the news feeds .... how so ... about the tragedy we have no gu-gu, only the Germans ... astonishingly
  2. K-612-O
    K-612-O 12 August 2020 13: 33 New
    15
    Why don't they remember that this is primarily the apotheosis of Yeltsin's mess, the collapse of the army and industry. Oh yes, democracy was correct there, not like Putin's
    1. Vend
      Vend 12 August 2020 13: 52 New
      +6
      Quote: K-612-O
      Why don't they remember that this is primarily the apotheosis of Yeltsin's mess, the collapse of the army and industry. Oh yes, democracy was correct there, not like Putin's

      Yes, it was not an easy time.
      The German newspaper mentions that the Russian command announced the disappearance of the submarine only 12 hours after the explosion, and the public received information about the catastrophe only two days later.
      And what would change if they said it right away? Nothing
  3. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 12 August 2020 13: 34 New
    -19 qualifying.
    Until now, no one knows who of the crew died immediately in the explosion of a torpedo, how many of them were victims of the fire, how many lives were taken by the explosion of other torpedoes.
    What nonsense, what difference. fool
    The Americans torpedoed the boat, and the GDP could not even threaten them with a finger. But now we have reached a new level, and the Americans are running on the ceiling. It turns out "Kursk" is a sacred sacrifice. recourse It happens, they deprived us of the most powerful submarine, and after 20 years we became stronger.
    1. Vend
      Vend 12 August 2020 13: 55 New
      +6
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      Until now, no one knows who of the crew died immediately in the explosion of a torpedo, how many of them were victims of the fire, how many lives were taken by the explosion of other torpedoes.
      What nonsense, what difference. fool
      The Americans torpedoed the boat, and the GDP could not even threaten them with a finger. But now we have reached a new level, and the Americans are running on the ceiling. It turns out "Kursk" is a sacred sacrifice. recourse It happens, they deprived us of the most powerful submarine, and after 20 years we became stronger.

      I slightly disagree. Kursk is not a sacred sacrifice, it is a terrible tragedy that has become a harsh shake-up and a reminder that only a strong, modernized army can save the country and people from the horrors of democracy.
    2. Titus_2
      Titus_2 12 August 2020 13: 58 New
      +5
      Yeah, and in what place did they become stronger ... did they start building a fleet, or did we have ferfi not for tankers or ship engines began to make or an engineering school was revived with competencies, or we started building less temples than schools and kindergartens, but from the latter it follows that with the current trends we are doomed to extinction, and the time-cheeks are in power, or as they are called by the compador elite. The guys are very sorry, especially those who were still alive ... they hoped and believed.
      1. Roman123567
        Roman123567 12 August 2020 14: 05 New
        -1
        Yeah, and where did they become stronger ..

        Probably in the same place where
        Americans are running on the ceiling
        1. Titus_2
          Titus_2 12 August 2020 14: 44 New
          +1
          Well, I don’t know about the ceiling, but what they are doing near our borders, and the number of reconnaissance flights has increased in fact. The defender is always more difficult because the first move is not behind him.
      2. Krev
        Krev 15 August 2020 22: 24 New
        +1
        I think that we have become stronger brains. They began to understand more. Life made me. The pink veil fell from his eyes. It's a pity not for everyone, not for everyone ...
        A great people and a strong country is strong not by the muscles of aircraft carriers, but by invincible fortitude and will to win, a sense of justice and love for the fatherland.
        So the USSR had a lot of army and navy, and what helped it not to fall apart? (someone sneers at what helped to fall apart, but that's not true, thanks to them they did not touch us for half a century) But there are more important things, it turned out! If Comrade Major's hand does not flinch to press the button, then they will piss behind a puddle, and here are homegrown pads. The main thing is that they know that they will not falter!
    3. dvina71
      dvina71 12 August 2020 14: 12 New
      +6
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      The boat was torpedoed by the Americans

      Tell me a torpedo that completely ... completely destroyed the nasal compartment of Kursk and moved all the bulkheads to the strongest compartment ... the energy compartment.
      For information ... submarines of this size are capable of shooting their own ammunition, after being hit by one torpedo ... real. Not the one you invented.
  4. Yura
    Yura 12 August 2020 13: 37 New
    12
    At the same time, the Western radio station claims that today in the Russian Federation they are trying not to focus too much on the tragedy that happened 20 years ago, making the events in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Kursk modest and unobtrusive.
    Is it that the death of people is a holiday orchestra, flowers and a parade do they need? Although for them, yes, probably a holiday.
  5. Walking
    Walking 12 August 2020 13: 38 New
    12
    My opinion that the American submarine was involved in the death of the Kursk nuclear submarine has not changed over the years.
    1. dvina71
      dvina71 12 August 2020 14: 13 New
      -4
      Quote: Hiking
      My opinion that the American submarine was involved in the death of the Kursk nuclear submarine has not changed over the years.

      What is it based on?
      I will ask only the facts .. no speculative conclusions are needed.
    2. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 12 August 2020 17: 53 New
      10
      Quote: Hiking
      an American boat was involved in the death of the Kursk nuclear submarine

      Quote: dvina71
      only facts ... no speculative conclusions

      From memoirs and personal communication with witnesses who are at the search headquarters and on board Peter the Great:
      1. K-141 while on the ground (on the first day) was examined by officers from the squadron of aquanauts. Confirmed the presence of parts of a foreign submarine near K-141;
      2. An emergency rescue buoy of "NATO colors" was fired near the location on the Kursk soil - data from memoirs and personal communication with witnesses.
      3. The competent authorities confirmed that 2 boats were on the ground. Data of g / a observation. (to / and Vladimir Korzhavin);
      4. The next day after the accident, CIA Director George Tenet flew to Moscow to communicate with the country's leadership, the Armed Forces and special agencies.
      5. telephone conversations between Clinton and Putin. The States wrote off $ 10 billion of debt from the Russian Federation.
      6. PLA "Memphis" docked at the Norwegian naval base Hoakonsvern, ostensibly for the repair of retractable. The request of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Igor Sergeev, for the admission of naval officers to inspect Memphis, was not satisfied. Memphis played the role of a decoy duck.
      7. a day later, the foreign submarine at 4,0 nodes crawled out of the exercise area. Subsequently, infa passed that 7 sailors were killed on Toledo.
      8.from a conversation with the head of the dock operation to dock the K-141, it follows that there was a collision of Kursk and most likely Toledo, the detonation of a 65cm torpedo in the 4th TA, then, after 145 seconds, the detonation of a torpedo BZ in the 1st compartment (power 3 kT)
      9. Commander of the Northern Fleet adm. Popov with a blue eye (he asked for forgiveness from the relatives of the sailors of Kursk) vowed to put the rest of his life in order to look into the eyes of those who are responsible for the death of our sailors. These are clearly not citizens of the Russian Federation.
      These are facts.
      1. Mirabo 91
        Mirabo 91 12 August 2020 19: 02 New
        -6
        And how are the facts confirmed? For example, I personally talked with witnesses and they claimed that they saw a number of Mossad agents inside a UFO. Write it down as the tenth "fact"?
        1. Boa kaa
          Boa kaa 12 August 2020 19: 05 New
          +5
          Quote: Mirabo 91
          And how are the facts confirmed?

          Memoirs of Rear Admiral V. Korzhavin.
          Investigations of the French and other initiators.
          With my own eyes...
          It's just "Faith requires no proof." The fact is 100% true!
          1. water
            water 12 August 2020 22: 35 New
            +1
            Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
            8.from a conversation with the head of the dock operation to dock the K-141, it follows that there was a collision of Kursk and most likely Toledo, the detonation of a 65cm torpedo in the 4th TA, then, after 145 seconds, the detonation of a torpedo BZ in the 1st compartment (power 3 kT)
            Alexander! Let's think a little: it is known that the inner cover of the TA, together with the hinge and a piece of pipe at the place of its attachment, was torn out from the TA of 533 mm caliber. Consequently, the event that led to fatal consequences took place in this TA. But the "fat woman" accused of all sins has a caliber of 650 mm. and you can't put it in this TA! At the same time, it is known that the outer cover of any TA opens itself when the pressure inside the TA exceeds the outboard one. Thus, a torpedo tube with a missing inner cover tells us that there was something in it that, for some reason, suddenly began to intensively warm the inner cover and increase pressure, and the front cover simply could not open to bleed this pressure overboard ... Yes! - According to the divers who worked in the compartment, the entire rack ammunition was broken, burnt but not detonated.
            1. dvina71
              dvina71 13 August 2020 08: 11 New
              +1
              Quote: watermark
              burnt but not de-tanned.

              Exactly so .. Torpedoes do not detail from vibrations and impacts. Moreover, they are disabled on board and the detonator is activated only after exiting the TA.
              At the pier in the port, we have a recess in the concrete pavement ... this is a trace of a BATTLE torpedo that fell from a crane ... a torpedo for scrap, the responsible person is fully responsible ...
          2. dvina71
            dvina71 13 August 2020 08: 13 New
            0
            Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
            Memoirs of Rear Admiral V. Korzhavin.

            Admiral Kerzhavin can explain this fact .. The size of the communication post after the explosion is 15 cm wide ..? *
  6. Rust
    Rust 12 August 2020 13: 42 New
    -3
    As far as I remember, SSBN 941 projects were 6.
    1. Paranoid50
      Paranoid50 12 August 2020 13: 58 New
      +3
      Quote: Rust
      SSBN 941 projects were 6.

      So, yes, only the Kursk is pr.949A Antey (aka the loaf), and this is not an SSBN.
    2. sleeve
      sleeve 12 August 2020 14: 28 New
      +1
      Why 941?
    3. Rust
      Rust 12 August 2020 21: 18 New
      0
      I admit I'm wrong. Confused.
  7. Poetry
    Poetry 12 August 2020 13: 48 New
    11
    Eternal memory to the lost children sailors ...
    Somehow I don't want to speculate on this topic and say something.
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 12 August 2020 14: 54 New
      +5
      Quote: Poetiszaugla
      Eternal memory to the lost children sailors ...
      Somehow I don't want to speculate on this topic and say something.

      Let's just keep quiet and pray for the lost.
      1. Poetry
        Poetry 12 August 2020 14: 59 New
        +4
        This is the fate of the military ... You can leave and never return.
  8. Paranoid50
    Paranoid50 12 August 2020 13: 57 New
    +2
    The Berliner Zeitung claims that the last knocks from a submarine were recorded on 15 August.
    These more, they say ... am
  9. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 12 August 2020 13: 57 New
    +4
    The apotheosis of Yeltsin's "democracy", the collapse of the army and navy, the poverty of the officers, the unrestrained theft of the generals. Soldiers build dachas for generals and work for them ... Was it? It was! We got away from all this, and we no longer remember!
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  10. Roman123567
    Roman123567 12 August 2020 13: 58 New
    -12 qualifying.
    Radio Liberty stated that the "liquidation of democracy" in Russia began with the Kursk disaster

    Radio Free Europe also notes that after the Kursk disaster, Putin began to pay more attention to defense


    I agree with both statements ..
    It was on the example of Kursk that Putin clearly understood what a powerful weapon the media are, and that it is easier to lead them than to keep the defense forever.
    And it was then that Putin's vision device with an alternative reality was born ..
  11. Dmitry V.
    Dmitry V. 12 August 2020 14: 02 New
    10
    there are a few of us left on the cold day



    Good memory to the guys.
  12. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 12 August 2020 14: 17 New
    +4
    Publications and comments of the foreign press on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy with the submarine "Kursk"

    We should be least of all concerned about the publications and comments of the foreign press on the Kursk tragedy.
    Expressions of condolences to the families and friends of the perished sailors and the sharing of the bitterness of loss for the entire Russian people and the fleet in particular are accepted.
    We will not take on faith any talk and speculation about the reasons for the death of the nuclear submarine and its crew, just as we will not learn the truth. But this incomprehensible suppression of the time of the tragedy, the confusion with the organization of rescue operations, the cheerful grin of Mr. Primakov and others like him who arrived at the place of death (documentary filming from Dorenko), the stupid grin of the guarantor and his "she drowned", tears and anger of the officers' wives will remain in my memory ... In addition, this will also be:
  13. Vladimir Mashkov
    Vladimir Mashkov 12 August 2020 14: 36 New
    +4
    The fate of the military is such that they are always on duty and risk their lives even in peacetime. Bright and eternal memory of the killed submariners of the nuclear submarine "Kursk"!
  14. xomaNN
    xomaNN 12 August 2020 14: 36 New
    +2
    20 years have passed since the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine on August 12, 2000 ....
    We remember the tragedy and the submariners who died in the depths.

    1. Xnumx vis
      Xnumx vis 12 August 2020 14: 52 New
      +4
      Still chills on the back at the memory of those killed on the boat. And my childhood and youth friend Vladimir Bagryantsev died on the boat ... Let us remember the guys with kind words ........
  15. BAI
    BAI 12 August 2020 15: 29 New
    +7
    It seems to me that we will not learn the truth for several decades. The nose section was destroyed very quickly. And then - the military and submarines died before, too. But families were never paid large compensation. And here - "an auction of unprecedented generosity." Once again, this happened with the Pskov paratroopers, it was no longer (maybe there were isolated cases with Syria, but this is somehow not advertised). But even regardless of the reason for the death of the boat, the actions of the authorities in the rescue operation, if not criminal, then in any case are absolutely incompetent.
  16. Zum
    Zum 12 August 2020 15: 32 New
    +2
    Eternal Memory to Heroes of Submariners! The submarine fleet has always held a special place ..... pride and honor!
  17. 501Legion
    501Legion 12 August 2020 15: 39 New
    +2
    eternal memory to submariners. horror. how fast time flies
  18. Constanty
    Constanty 12 August 2020 16: 32 New
    +1
    recalls the words of the military expert Viktor Litovkin, who has the opposite point of view and believes that the death of the submarine served as an impetus for reforming the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, showing the deplorable state of the military fleet.


    This is a bit like the tragedy of the Battleship "Novorossiysk" in 1955, this tragedy was also used for changes in the fleet, including purges, and the elimination of Admiral Kuznetsov.

    Eternal Memory to the lost Sailors !!!
  19. Operator
    Operator 12 August 2020 18: 01 New
    0
    Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
    power 3 kT

    After an explosion with a capacity of 3 Ktn, only small fragments would remain from the Kursk.
  20. Shilka
    Shilka 12 August 2020 18: 54 New
    -5
    At the same time, the Western radio station claims that today in the Russian Federation they are trying not to focus too much on the tragedy that happened 20 years ago,

    Because this sabotage was the actual declaration of war on Russia! And what could we show the West when our flagship of the submarine fleet was blatantly blown up ..
    And Putin's phrase to Western journalists was a short "She drowned" .. This was the last straw of humiliation for Russia, the United States and others .. Well, then you know what began, also short "We will wet!" ..
    I don’t want to write any further, otherwise they’ll flock again ...
    The eternal memory of the sailors to submariners, their death was not in vain, nevertheless, their terrible death at first shook Russia, where we are heading and who we believe ... And then it became an impetus for the modernization of the ARMY, NAVY and the state system radically ...
    What was in 2000 and what is now This is heaven and earth ..!
    We will take revenge for you sailors, and not only for you, but for the entire Soviet people who were thrown into a great bloody turmoil by the croaker of the corrupt and other traitors of the Fatherland.
    These are the things going on in special archives and other analytical centers.
  21. Normal ok
    Normal ok 12 August 2020 20: 21 New
    -1
    "She drowned" without comment.
  22. Dikson
    Dikson 12 August 2020 21: 43 New
    +2
    Eternal memory to the victims .. It is clear that we will not know how and what and why .. Mess and confusion. And a lie. I remember how they said in excuse at first - our rescuers cannot go down to the boat because, they say, a strong current interferes .. And later they show underwater filming all over the country, how foreign divers pour milk on the hatch ... - and, lo and behold ! - there is no current ... And about this damn NATO buoy .. and about the knock ... Eternal memory to our sailors ..
  23. Lan28
    Lan28 12 August 2020 22: 32 New
    0
    On this day, I remember the book by Valery Ryazantsev "In the wake of death ...".
  24. I am silent I am silent
    I am silent I am silent 13 August 2020 01: 18 New
    +1
    Eternal memory to submariners who remained in combat service forever ... All other statements and comments on this day are superfluous ...
  25. Crimean partisan 1974
    Crimean partisan 1974 13 August 2020 11: 48 New
    +1
    it's strange that only the Germans bothered to remind the tragedy ... ... I think that somehow the whole world needs to collect signatures so that August 12 would become the Day of Remembrance of the Subplav's personnel ... yesterday they remembered everyone ... Preminin ... he went to the depths together with K-219 alone being alive
    Everlasting memory
  26. Alex_Rarog
    Alex_Rarog 14 August 2020 09: 28 New
    +1
    Everlasting memory.