Criminal case opened in Primorye to look into cause of fire on Tomsk nuclear submarine
17 september 2013 11:54
The military investigations department of the Russia’s Investigative Committee in the garrison of the Strelok Bay has opened a criminal case against officials of the Tomsk nuclear submarine of Pacific Navy suspected of a crime under part 1 of article 286 of the RF Criminal Code (exceeding official powers).
According to investigators, on 16 September 2013, violations during mounting the cistern of the main ballast heat and soundproof material between the can and the strong hull of the submarine caught fire. As the result the Tomsk nuclear submarine partially lost its functional characteristics. In addition, 15 military men received bodily harm and are now undergoing treatment in the navy clinic hospital.
At present forensic, fire and medical expert examinations are underway. During the probe investigators are going to find all the circumstances of the incident, identify the nature of violations and the degree of guilt of both military officials of the Tomsk nuclear submarine and the specialists of OAO Far Eastern works Zvezda (OJSC), whose actions caused the fire and let it spread. Investigation is ongoing.