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Defense minister discloses reasons for mini-submarine accident

      RBC, 06.09.2005, Moscow 15:08:34.Russian mentality was the main reason behind the recent accident with the mini submarine, defense minister Sergei Ivanov has announced. According to him, the Defense Ministry has promised to disclose results of the investigation into the accident. He emphasized that the accident was not due to a lack of financing or technical faults. Mentality of naval authorities was the main reason, he added.

      The submarine with 7 crewmembers onboard stuck about 200 meters below sea level in Russia's Pacific waters. British underwater rescue vessel Scorpio helped save the lives of seven men trapped in a mini-sub. The US and Japan also took part in the rescue mission.

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