The Kursk submarine sank due to a collision with a NATO submarine, told in an interview with RIA Novosti, former commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov.
“The submarine, which collided with the Kursk, followed the Kursk, apparently, but was unable to ensure safety in those sea conditions and all other conditions, it got too close, or the Kursk’s maneuver led to a loss of contact … with a 90% probability I know the name of it, but in order to publicly name it, you need to have evidence and put it out. I can’t put them out. NATO submarine. And she was there, in the area where she collided with the Kursk, – said Popov.
“New Newspaper” leads a quote from the conclusion of the investigation, from which it follows that it was as a result of Popov’s actions that the accident on the submarine became known only nine hours after it happened. The publication notes that, in fact, after 12.
“Due to the ignorance of Admiral V.A. Popov and his subordinates of the specific situation, failure to comply with the requirements of the guidance documents of the Navy in the absence of the submarine surfacing at the set time, as well as due to erroneous decisions in the process of waiting for the submarine to emerge, he was declared emergency with a delay of nine hours “, – it is said in the materials of the case.
The investigation also discovered massive falsifications of the Kursk’s official documents.
The nuclear submarine Kursk sank on 12 August 2000 during an exercise in the Barents Sea. As a result, all 118 people on board were killed. The authorities officially announced the death of the Kursk sailors only on August 22.
According to the official version, a torpedo exploded on board due to “abnormal processes that took place inside the oxidizer tank.” Then how said in the report of the Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov, there was a second explosion in the combat charging compartments of torpedoes.
Ustinov stated that the investigation was checking the version of a collision with a Russian or foreign submarine. Admiral Popov in a 2000 documentary spoke about “a collision with an unidentified submarine, which struck the most vulnerable point of our boat of this project, of course, unconsciously.”