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NEWS: Russia Opens Criminal Investigation Over Mini Sub Mishap

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posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 03:54 PM
A criminal investigation has been opened by Russian Prosecuters over events surrounding the snaring and near fatal mishap of one of it's mini subs last week. Criminal negligence has been cited involving a series of people including the breaking of fleet rules by sending one sub instead of two on the mission at kamchatka Peninsula. It was revealed today that the sub had been sent out in the first place to investigate reports that an antenna had been stuck in fishing nets. The sub was then entangled in the same nets.
Mr Kolbanov said investigators from the Pacific fleet and ministry of defence had been to the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to examine the AS-28, which was cut free from underwater obstacles on Sunday by an unmanned British naval submersible.

Participants in the rescue operation were also questioned, he said.

"Legal decisions will be taken concerning the criminal responsibility of specific military officials whenever violations of the law are proven," an official from the prosecutor's office said.

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Citing an unidentified participant in a meeting of the crew and officials, including Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, the newspaper said one sailor complained to the officials that the crew was told "that can't be done ... there was an order from Moscow to protect the antenna."

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From the snippet above it looks like the Russians were more concerned about the antenna than they were about the crew. Reports after the event stated that there was less than six hours of air left when the crew was rescued although Russian Officials have stated there was 36 hours of air left.

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[edit on 9-8-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 04:18 PM
It makes me wonder if it's a problem with military priorities, or if that antenna was connected to something extremely vital. Good find

posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 10:32 PM
According to this story, the Russians had no intentions of even letting this story out.. it was all hush hush until a "military" personel contacted a local radio station..

Must have been some antenna!

posted on Aug, 13 2005 @ 10:09 AM
Well Mayet this continuation of the trapped sub story is going just about the way I told you it would. That young sub commander is finished as a Navy man and probably his immediate boss as well.

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