Wreath-laying ceremony to be held at Kursk submariners’ memorial

KURSK, August 12 (Itar-Tass) —— Wreaths and flowers will be laid this Friday in Kursk at the burial place of 12 submariners who died in the nuclear powered cruise missile submarine wreck in the Barents Sea in August 2000.

Regional and city administration officials, clergymen, the sailors’ relatives and friends and many city residents will come to the cemetery to pay tribute to the memory of the 118 Kursk submarine crewmembers who died in the disaster, which occurred on August 12, 2000.

The chairman of the regional veteran submariners’ council, Anatoly Bezmen, told an Itar-Tass correspondent about the sailors buried here. Seven of them are natives of the Kursk Region. The eldest, warrant officer Viktor Kuznetsov, was 28, and the youngest, sailor Alexei Nekrasov, was 19.

A priest of the Kursk diocese will lead a religious service for the dead near the memorial.

Then, wreaths and flowers will be laid at the tree-lined walk Alley of Glory, where 118 white birches have been planted in memory of the submariners. There is a monument made of fragments of the submarine lifted from the seabed after the wreck.


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