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Saint Petersburg (AFP) Feb 13, 2012
A Russian naval officer committed suicide by hanging himself onboard a nuclear submarine based at the northwestern port of Murmansk, a navy spokesman said Monday.
"Lieutenant Maxim Galkin, the head of the torpedo group on the Gepard submarine hung himself in his cabin," the spokesman for the navy's Northern Fleet told AFP.
"The officer did not leave any note explaining his action. An inquiry has been launched," spokesman Alexander Kuratov said.
Galkin, 24, had not seemed depressed before his suicide on Friday night, mass circulation Komsomolskaya Pravda reported earlier Monday, citing crew members. He left behind a wife and one-year-old child.
The Northern Fleet has been hit by a series of minor accidents and a deadly disaster in August 2000 that killed 118 seamen when the Kursk nuclear submarine caught fire and exploded while at sea.
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India rejoins the nuclear submarine league
New Delhi (UPI) Jan 5, 2012
India officially rejoined the nuclear submarine operators' club when the Russian manufacturers handed over to an Indian crew the Nerpa, in Russia's far east. The crew will set sail for India toward the end of January in the 8,000-ton submarine that will be renamed Chakra, The Times of India said. Nuclear submarines are operated also by the United States, Russia, Britain, France a ... read more
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