Russia Holds Funeral Ceremonies for 14 Sailors Killed in Submarine Fire

Russian officials and relatives have laid to rest 14 sailors who were killed in a fire on one of the navy’s research submersibles.

The 14 seamen were buried July 6 at a cemetery in St. Petersburg, which was cordoned off by the military.

Authorities blocked media from attending a vigil at a nearby church or the burial itself, where top military officials and naval officers were in attendance.

Military and government authorities have given scant details about the incident, which the Defense Ministry said occurred July 1 in the Barents Sea. It was one of Russia’s worst submarine disasters in years.

Officials have not identified the nuclear-powered vessel, but Russian media reported that it was a secret surveillance and research sub known as the Losharik.

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SOURCE: RFE/RL