Moscow: Russian Navy ships are flying flags at half-mast and memorial ceremonies are being held across the nation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster.
The Kursk, one of Russia`s most advanced submarines, suffered two powerful explosions and sank during naval manoeuvres in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000, killing its entire crew of 118. The bodies were recovered when the wreck was raised in 2001.
Prosecutors blamed the catastrophe on an explosive propellant that leaked from a faulty torpedo.
Memorial ceremonies were held on Thursday at the northern submarine base of Vidyayevo where the Kursk was based and other Navy bases and Russian cities.