Relatives of Kursk submarine crew appeal to European Court

Publish date: January 28, 2005

The families of the crewmembers of the Kursk submarine which sank in the Barents Sea in August 2000 have filed an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported on January 20.

The agency cited Boris Kuznetsov, a lawyer representing the relatives of the dead sailors, as saying that the appeal had been filed in connection with the Russian courts’ refusal to launch an additional investigation into the tragedy.

In June 2004 the Moscow District Military Court refused to fulfil a request to start a new investigation into the Kursk submarine’s sinking. The court turned down Kuznetsov’s protests over the results of the expertise concerning the time of death of the crewmembers in the acoustic compartment and also the examination of the SOS signals.

The criminal case into the Kursk tragedy was stopped in July 2003 after a special commission ruled that the explosion on board the submarine was caused by a torpedo accident in the course of a training launch. The Kursk nuclear submarine sank on Aug. 12, 2000 in the course of large-scale naval exercises. All 118 crewmembers were killed in the disaster.

More News

All news

The role of CCS in Germany’s climate toolbox: Bellona Deutschland’s statement in the Association Hearing

After years of inaction, Germany is working on its Carbon Management Strategy to resolve how CCS can play a role in climate action in industry. At the end of February, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action published first key points and a proposal to amend the law Kohlenstoffdioxid Speicherungsgesetz (KSpG). Bellona Deutschland, who was actively involved in the previous stakeholder dialogue submitted a statement in the association hearing.

Project LNG 2.

Bellona’s new working paper analyzes Russia’s big LNG ambitions the Arctic

In the midst of a global discussion on whether natural gas should be used as a transitional fuel and whether emissions from its extraction, production, transport and use are significantly less than those from other fossil fuels, Russia has developed ambitious plans to increase its own production of liquified natural gas (LNG) in the Arctic – a region with 75% of proven gas reserves in Russia – to raise its share in the international gas trade.