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Russian sailors killed in a mysterious submarine accident are buried



The 14 Russian seamen who died in a fire on a Marine research submarine earlier this week were buried in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

The sailors were killed in the blaze on the unnamed submarine of the Barents Sea on Monday. Officials hid details of the tragedy, citing the utmost secrecy of the ship's mission.

The Department of Defense said sailors had been killed by toxic fumes. Some others survived the fire, but the military did not say how many. Officials did not call the nuclear-powered ship, but Russian media reported it was Russia's most secret submersible, the Losharik.

  People planted flowers at the graves of the 14 crew members who died in a fire in the depths of a Russian navy - underwater research near the graves of crewmembers of the Kursk submarine, right at the Serafimovskoye cemetery during a memorial service in St Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Flowers are laid at the graves by the 14 crew members who died in a fire on the deep-sea research vessel of a Russian navy near the graves of crew members of the submarine Kursk, right, in the Serafimovskoye cemetery during a memorial service in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday, July 6, 2019.
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KREMLIN denies the disclosure of details of a fatal Russian submarine fire and declares it to be the "state secret"

military. The media were not allowed to attend a vigil at the local church or attend the funeral attended by senior military officials and naval officers] A Russian naval officer paid his last respects to the grave of Captain Vladimir Sukhinichev, one of the 14 deceased crew members. “/>

A Russian naval officer pays his final respects to the grave of Captain Vladimir Sukhinichev, one of the 14 deceased crew members, the 14 crew members who died
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Journalists were able to visit the cemetery after the ceremony. The 14 fresh graves were dug up next to the resting places of some crew members of the submarine Kursk, which sank in 2000 during sea maneuvers and killed all 118 sailors on board in the worst Russian submarine disaster.

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Some of the relatives of the 14 sailors stayed in the cemetery, put on candles or kept silent with friends and family.


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