Russia: Relatives receive posthumous awards of sailors killed in submersible fire

Widows and other relatives of the 14 Russian Navy officers who were killed in a fire onboard a submersible on Monday, received posthumous awards on for their loved ones during a funeral ceremony in Saint Petersburg's Serafimovskoye cemetery on Saturday. Four of the deceased servicemen, namely Andrei Voskresensky, Denis Oparin, Dmitry Solovyov, and Konstantin Somov were granted the title of Hero... Еще of Russia, while 10 others received the Order of Courage. Russian President Vladimir Putin had granted the awards posthumously earlier on Saturday. The sailors died as a result of a fire on their nuclear-powered submersible which Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has said was caused by a fire in the battery compartment. Shoigu also praised the heroic actions of the sailors who saved their crew mates' lives and the vessel on Wednesday. The deceased submariners were buried next to a monument to the victims of the Kursk disaster, when 118 sailors died when the Kursk submarine sank in the Barents Sea in 2000.

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