Duma source denies nuclear warhead rumours

Bellona betviler at den sunkne ubåten Kursk hadde atomraketter ombord.
Photo: Sevmarsh

Publish date: April 4, 2001

Written by: Thomas Nilsen

The Bellona Foundation has no reason to believe rumours put out by Norwegian tv channel "TV2" this evening; to the extent that Russian submarine Kursk carried nuclear weapons when it sank in the Barents Sea last August.

Bellona doubts Norwegian tv rumours about Russian sub Kursk

Duma representative Gregory Tomchin, who is also member of the committee investigating the Kursk accident, was the tv channel’s only Russian source. Shortly after the story broke on Norwegian tv, he told Interfax reporter Irina Gribova that he never ment to state that there actually were nuclear warheads on-board. Tomchin said he answered in general terms, that Russian subs do carry nuclear weapons occasionally.

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