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    The Kursk by Sasha Janowicz is the graphic novel adaptation of the award winning play by the same name. K-141 Kursk was an Oscar-II class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine of the Russian Navy, lost with all hands when it sank in the Barents Sea on 12 August 2000. Kursk.

    Discover a new world, world of intrigue and honor, of danger and mystery! Sasha’s play won the 2007 Bell Award for Best New Play, the Matilda award three times for Best New Australian Play, Best Direction, and Best Independent Production, Matilda Awards, It is a good story about bravery and courage and it raises questions about what really happened and the people deserve answers. The families of those who died deserve answers to what happened and how their loved ones lived and died.

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    Endorsed by Jim Profit:

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    The Oscar II class submarine was the last submarine constructed in the Soviet Era


    After a decade long period of neglect, Captain Lyachin completed an 83 day mission to the Mediterrean to shadow the Sixth Fleet during the Kosovo War in 1999


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    On the days leading to the accident, the Russian Navy conducted the largest naval exercises since the Old Soviet Days. Rumored to observe the exercises surreptitiously were 2 Los Angeles class submarines - the Toledo and the Memphis.


    Also rumored to observe the exercises was the HMS Splendid:

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    Graphic designer and European designer Sławomir Nietupski will finalize the cover design shortly. For a look inside his portfolio, check out:

    http://snietupski.deviantart.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/slawomir.nietupski
    http://www.metal-archives.com/artists/Nahald/74627
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    this is about the Kursk, the Russian people and all peoples. It has a lot to do conflicts between cover ups and patriotism.


    It has a lot to do with an on-going undeclared war under the sea between the US and Russia. I can honestly see something like this happening in America today. It probably already has happened but unlike the Russian people of 2000, do we even whimper a protest.

    The Kursk was the Russian 9/11. It forever changed how the Russian people relate to their government. The old Soviet days of use and abuse were over.

    This story is about honoring the families:
    telling their story as best we can. We are in contact with two of the families of the survivors and invite them to tell their story and that the freedom loving people of the world are listening and we stand with them.

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    1990 Work Started

    1992 Laid Down

    1994 Commissioned

    1999 Kursk carried out a successful reconnaissance mission in the Mediterranean, tracking the United States Sixth Fleet during the Kosovo War




    1128 hours 12-Aug-00 there was an explosion while preparing to fire

    1130 hours 12-Aug-00 The second explosion ripped a 2-square-metre (22 sq ft) hole in the hull of the craft, which was designed to withstand depths of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), and also ripped open the third and fourth compartments.The second was 45 to 50 times bigger than the first, suggesting that one or more of the Kursk's own torpedoes had exploded.

    That appears to be confirmed by the extent of the damage to the forward part of the submarine, but the cause of the first explosion is still unknown. Water poured into these compartments at 90,000 litres (3,200 cu ft) per second killing all those in the compartments, including five officers from 7th SSGN Division Headquarters.

    The fifth compartment contained the ship's two nuclear reactors, encased in 13 centimetres (5.1 in) of steel and resiliently mounted to absorb shocks in excess of 50g. The bulkheads of the fifth compartment withstood the explosion, allowing the two reactors to shut down automatically and preventing nuclear meltdown or contamination

    Dmitry Koleznikov
    12-Aug-00 Twenty-three men working in the sixth through ninth compartments survived the two blasts. They gathered in the ninth compartment, which contained the secondary escape hatch (the primary hatch having been in the destroyed second compartment).

    Captain-lieutenant Dmitri Kolesnikov (one of three surviving officers of that rank) appears to have taken charge, writing down the names of those who were in the ninth compartment.

    0840 hours 13-Aug-00 the rescue ship Rudnitsky carrying two submersible rescue vessels, AS-32 and the Priz (AS-34) reached the disaster area at around 8:40 AM the following morning.

    14-Aug-00 CBS News reports that the Russian Navy is communicating with the sailors via Morse Code and that 2 Los Angeles class submarines

    16-Aug-00 the Russian government accepted the British and Norwegian governments' assistance

    17-Aug-00 a rescue ship was dispatched from Norway

    18-Aug-00 Nadezhda Tylik, mother of Kursk submariner Lt. Sergei Tylik, produced an intense emotional outburst in the middle of an in-progress news briefing about Kursk's fate. After attempts to quiet her failed, a nurse injected her with a sedative by force from the back, and she was removed from the room, incapacitated. The event, caught on film, caused further criticism of the government's response to both the disaster, and how the government handled public criticism of said response.

    19-Aug-00 Norwegian Rescue ship reaches the site

    20-Aug-00 British and Norwegian deep-sea divers reached the ninth compartment escape hatch. They were able to determine that the compartment was flooded, and all hope of finding survivors was lost.

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    A contributor on an another forum just donated $ 200 to the graphic novel!

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    I just got a $ 200 donation from a contributor on this forum – called gogabber. I am feeling humbled & grateful.


    I want to thank the contributor who wishes to remain anonymous.

    I wrote this on a sister site:

    It has been 20 years since the end of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet our two nations are engaged in undeclared war under the sea. We kept this secret because we had been on war footing for decades. We did not have a discussion about it in a democratic way. Bureaucrats in Washington and Moscow decided this because it was war.

    But we are not at war anymore. If this country had something to do with the deaths of these men, we owe the Russian people at a minimum an explanation. If we had nothing to do with it, then why not open up an unbiased independent investigation. It would do much to de-escalate tensions between our nations due to the reset.

    The Russians do not have clean hands in this affair. But I believe the Russian people will handle their business in their own way.

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    "It's 13:15. All personnel from section six, seven and eight have moved to section nine. There are 23 people here. We have made the decision because none of us can escape. I am writing this blind."

    The discovery of the note contradicts the official version of what happened to the crew and embarrasses the Russian navy further. It has issued numerous contradictory accounts of the fate of the sailors.

    As it became clear that the Russian rescue attempts were going to fail, the navy took the line that all 118 crew died "within minutes", after several explosions ripped through the Kursk. The note shows that at least a fifth of the crew survived for at least several hours. A Norwegian seismic station recorded two explosions at 11.30am on Saturday, Aug 12.



    Kolesnikov's tearful widow, Olga, a teacher, said last night: "I had a premonition my husband didn't die instantly. The pain I felt then has come true. I'm preparing for a meeting with him. I want to see him again. I want to read his letter."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...the-Kursk.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u6EdiESzq8


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    Submaritime Navigation is a very dangerous activity. American authors Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew likened the activity to a Blind Man's Bluff where you are literally traversing through the ocean blind.

    The Telegraph has reported as recently as 2011 of the 22 maritime accidents 19 are with submarines by which Americans lead with the most accidents 9 of which I will explore in a subsequent article.

    Here is a list of Russian Submarine and Nuclear Accidents

    1995 A nuclear submarine had its electricity cut by an electricity company at a naval base due to unpaid bills. The submarine's cooling system ceased to function and the reactor "came close to meltdown".

    2000
    Jun-00 A fuel leak from a missile poisoned servicemen at a naval base in Russia's Far East.

    12-Aug-00 The OSCAR II-class nuclear-powered submarine Kursk sank due to an explosion of ordnance in its torpedo room in the Barents Sea, killing all the 118 submariners on board.

    30-Aug-03 The decommissioned NOVEMBER-class nuclear-powered submarine K-159 sank while it was being towed to a harbour in the Barents Sea to be stripped of its nuclear reactors. 9 crew died.


    2005
    Aug-05 The Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy provided assistance to rescue seven Russian sailors trapped in a minisubmarine that had become entangled in submerged nets off Russia’s Pacific coastline near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

    2006
    7-Sep-06 a fire broke out in the submarine, Daniil Moskovskiy (St Daniel of Moscow), as it was being towed across the Barents Sea to a base in Vidyayevo. Two on board died.

    2008
    8-Nov-08 the AKULA II-class submarine K-152 Nerpa's freon fire extinguishing system was accidentally activated, killing 20 and injuring at least 22 people. The incident occurred while the submarine was conducting sea trials.

    2009
    Mar-09 a fire broke out on the hull of the decommissioned nuclear submarine, Orenburg, while at the Severodvinsk docks.

    Oct-09 another blaze occurred during the decommissioning of the nuclear submarine, Kazan, again at Severodvinsk.

    14-Nov-09 explosion on the outskirts of Ulyanovsk at Arsenal 31, a navy depot. 2 firemen died during the decommissioning of munitions.

    23-Nov-09 second explosion at Arsenal 31. 8 soldiers died as they removed munitions.


    2010
    Feb-10 a blaze broke out on a decommissioned nuclear submarine, the Ak Bars, at Severodvinsk, on the Barents Sea. Casualties unknown.

    2011
    26-May-11 explosion in an arms depot in the village of Urman in Bashkortostan. 12 people were hurt and 40 buildings damaged. Over 2,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area. The cause was blamed by an official on the "combustion of gunpowder traces".

    2-Jun-11 explosion in an arms depot near the city of Izhevsk. 20,000 inhabitants of the surrounding area had to be evacuated. 95 people were injured in the blast, and 2 elderly people nearby died of heart attacks possibly caused by the sound of the blast. Windows were shatterd up to 10*km away. A discarded cigarette has initially been blamed for the blast.

    29-Dec-11 the Yekaterinburg Delta-IV-class nuclear submarine, while in dry-dock in the Roslyakovo shipyard, north of Murmansk, caught fire after a blaze broke out on scaffolding that had been erected around it. The rubber outer hull was badly burnt. 9 people were injured fighting the fire. No radiation leak was detected.

    2012
    26-Sep-12 explosion at an arms depot 180km northwest of Orenburg killed one officer.

    Oct-12 explosion at an arms depot in the Orenburg region. 4,000 tons of munitions exploded when a soldier failed to extinguish his cigarette. One officer was injured and inhabitants of the surrounding area had to be evacuated.

    2013
    18-19 June 2013 explosion at the Chapaevsk arms depot in the Samara region. 6,000 inhabitants of the surrounding area had to be evacuated. 30 people were injured in the blast caused by the "involuntary" explosion of shells.

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    Does anyone know where I can find a good printer in the Houston Area?

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