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August 22, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON and ALEXEI V. KUZNETSOV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The crew members of the Kursk nuclear submarine felt true pride and honor to be serving in the Russian navy, according to those who knew and loved them, but the catastrophe that took their lives has left surviving navy comrades with a profound sense of shame and horror. While the rescue effort was in progress during the past week, Russia's navy struggled to stand united.
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March 5, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
YEVPATORIA, Ukraine - An anti-submarine boat may have been the first casualty of the Russian incursion into Crimea, but it was hardly an act of violence, much less war: The Russian navy sank one of its own, junked vessels to create an obstacle, a Ukrainian official said Wednesday. Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Alexei Mazepa said Russian sailors pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav Lake.
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February 6, 1994 | Associated Press
Not even the Russian navy can get away with unpaid electric bills. Energy officials cut power to the headquarters of Russia's Baltic Fleet in the Kaliningrad region last week after the Defense Ministry failed to pay a $320,000 electric bill, the ITAR-Tass news agency said Friday. Full power was restored Friday after the Defense Ministry paid the Yantarenergo Power Company.
WORLD
February 19, 2013 | By Sergei Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russian warships are returning to the waters near Syria in a new demonstration of the Kremlin's interest in the outcome of the crisis there. The Russian Defense Ministry told the RIA-Novosti news agency on Tuesday that four large landing vessels were on their way to the Mediterranean near Syria, three weeks after the Russian navy conducted its biggest maneuvers in the region since the breakup of the Soviet Union. "Based on the results of the Navy exercises in the Black and Mediterranean seas from Jan. 19 through Jan. 29 ... the Ministry leadership has taken a decision to continue combat duty by Russian warships in the Mediterranean," the ministry said in its statement.
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December 30, 1999 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a former naval captain's four-year ordeal, a St. Petersburg court Wednesday acquitted him of treason and espionage for helping to expose nuclear pollution by the Russian navy. Judge Sergei Golets stunned Alexander Nikitin's supporters and the defendant himself by finding Nikitin not guilty due to the "absence of a crime." Members of the defense team and Nikitin's backers began hugging each other as Golets finished his two-hour reading of the verdict. "Words fail me.
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March 8, 1993 | Times Staff Writer
The Russian navy has fired several officers and "severely punished" the commander of its Pacific Fleet for allowing four cadets to die of malnutrition and scores of others to fall ill, the Itar-Tass news agency reported Sunday. The deaths became public last week when Russian media published photographs of recruits at the Russky Island training base who resembled what one newspaper called "prisoners in Nazi concentration camps."
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August 17, 2000 | JAMES CLAY MOLTZ, James Clay Moltz is associate director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies
The tragic spectacle of the Russian navy's thus-far ineffective efforts to save the 118 crew members on the Kursk nuclear submarine raises serious questions about Russia's continued ability to operate its nuclear fleet safely. An exercise aimed at showing Russia's nuclear might has turned into a human disaster, with Russia now appealing belatedly to Britain for emergency assistance in the rescue effort. But this call may be too late.
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August 27, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In May, a group of officers from Russia's Northern Fleet participated in an exercise that they hoped never would be needed: a submarine rescue operation. An old, decommissioned submarine was sunk on an even keel, and Russia's rescue submersibles went to work. Four attempts to dock with the submarine failed, but the official report on the exercise said that it had been a success. The rescue operation for the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk this month was more demanding.
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March 23, 1993 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. nuclear submarine collided with a Russian ballistic missile submarine over the weekend, the second such accident in 14 months, naval officials from the two countries announced Monday. The incident occurred late Friday night PST under the ice in the Barents Sea, just north of Russia, where submarines of the two navies have been tracking each other for years. The American vessel involved was the Grayling. The Russian sub was not identified.
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December 1, 1992 | Reuters
A teen-age Russian Navy cadet failed to return to his ship Monday before it departed the Port of Seattle and was apparently seeking asylum, officials said. Alexei Sviridov failed to return to the ship before it departed Seattle's Elliot Bay, where it had been docked since Nov. 24 as part of a weeklong celebration of the end of the Cold War.
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July 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - In a huge tank at a once-secret Navy base on Point Loma, students from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok are testing their autonomous underwater vehicle, the AUV Junior. The vehicle may be a miniature, but the significance is huge: It's the first time a team from the Russian Federation has entered the annual RoboSub competition, which is co-sponsored by the Pentagon's Office of Naval Research. For the engineering-minded, this is the Super Bowl of underwater contests.
WORLD
February 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Russia has foiled an attempt by a group of naval officials to smuggle $18 million worth of anti-submarine missiles and aviation bombs to China, officials said. Russia's chief military prosecutor, Sergei Fridinsky, said the 30 anti-submarine missiles and 200 bombs were seized in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic that borders China and Afghanistan. Russian navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said the smuggling attempt was uncovered by a joint operation of the military, prosecutors and the FSB federal security service.
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September 27, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
A Russian warship entered Somalia's volatile waters early today after pirates seized a Ukrainian cargo vessel loaded with battle tanks and ammunition headed for Kenya, officials said. The pirates' capture of the Ukrainian vessel, about 300 miles north of Mogadishu, the Somalian capital, is one of the most audacious and potentially risky in recent memory.
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August 9, 2005 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Seven sailors rescued from a mini-submarine hours before their air supply would have run out faced a new problem Monday: Confined to a hospital, they wanted out. "The crew were almost complaining about being put in a general ward: 'We're OK, we just want to go home,' " Rossiya television reported.
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August 7, 2005 | David Holley and Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writers
The crew of a Russian mini-submarine trapped for days beneath the Bering Sea was rescued today after a remote-controlled British "Scorpio" underwater craft helped disentangle the vessel from cables and fishing ropes. The dramatic rescue came after a race against time, as even optimistic estimates had predicted that oxygen would run out by tonight for the seven men who had been stuck in the cramped, chilly vessel since Thursday.
WORLD
August 6, 2005 | Kim Murphy and David Holley, Times Staff Writers
Naval officials scrambled early today to rescue seven men trapped in a small submersible deep beneath the Bering Sea, in an attempt to avert a nightmarish replay of a Russian submarine tragedy five years ago. With air running out inside the mini-submarine that had become entangled in fishing net and antenna cables, naval ships sought to tow it to shallower water.
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February 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Russia has foiled an attempt by a group of naval officials to smuggle $18 million worth of anti-submarine missiles and aviation bombs to China, officials said. Russia's chief military prosecutor, Sergei Fridinsky, said the 30 anti-submarine missiles and 200 bombs were seized in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic that borders China and Afghanistan. Russian navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said the smuggling attempt was uncovered by a joint operation of the military, prosecutors and the FSB federal security service.
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October 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian and Norwegian divers maneuvering in Arctic depths of the Barents Sea carefully carved two small holes in the outer hull of the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk, launching a risky effort to recover bodies of the 118 sailors inside. Working in teams of three, the divers stenciled the holes near the rear of the vessel and pried them open with special mallets, said Russian Navy spokesman Vadim Serga. The thicker inner hull probably will not be penetrated until Tuesday, Serga said.
WORLD
January 24, 2003 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
A Russian journalist and environmental whistle-blower whose conviction sparked international protests was paroled Thursday after serving more than two-thirds of a four-year term. A military court had convicted Grigory Pasko of treason for attending a 1997 meeting of Russian naval commanders and taking notes, which the court ruled he had intended to pass to Japanese reporters.
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