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The Russian nuclear Oscar-class submarine Kursk was trapped at the bottom of the Barents sea, killing more than 100 who were aboard. (AP)
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 Russian President Vladimir Putin faces criticism for his handling of the Kursk sinking.
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 8/18: A Possible Scenario
The Scene Under Water
Continuing Rescue Efforts
Answering an SOS
Dangers of the Deep
The Stranded Sub
Post Editorials
 Scandal Strikes Mr. Putin (8/23/00)
 Candor and the Kursk (8/19/00)
Commentary
 Back in the U.S.S.R. by Geore F. Will (9/3/00)
 Cold War Games, Dangerously Old by Joshua Handler (8/25/00)
 The Concorde and the Kursk by Jim Hoagland (8/20/00)
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 Oscar II Technical Specs from Jane's Fighting Ships
 Bellona Foundation on Russian Nuclear Vessel Accidents
 Russian Naval Forces from The Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University
 Slingsby Engineering on the LR5 rescue submarine
Navy Found Culpable in Russian Sub Disaster
Numerous safety lapses, technical errors, bad management and simple sloppiness may have contributed to the devastating explosions that sank the Russian submarine Kursk and resulted in the deaths of all 118 men aboard, according to an account of a lengthy investigation into the August 2000 disaster.

Report Shows Sloppiness May Be to Blame in Kursk Accident
Numerous safety lapses, technical errors, bad management and simple sloppiness may have contributed to the devastating explosion that sunk the Russian submarine Kursk and resulted in the death of all 118 men aboard, according to an inside account of the lengthy investigation into the August 2000 disaster.

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