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Russia marks 12 years since submarine K-141 Kursk tragedy. Captain Kolesnikov letter (notes)


Today is 12 year anniversary of Kursk tragedy‎. Submarine K-141 Kursk sank on August 12, 2000 in the Barents Sea. Kursk sunk after two huge explosions. 22 men left alive after this accident. They were alive several hours.


Captain lieutenant Dmitriy Kolesnikov, the commander of the turbine room, wrote in his letter (death note): "It's dark here to write, but I'll try by touch. It seems like there are no chances, 10%-20%. Let's hope that at least someone will read this / Regards to everybody. No need to despair. Kolesnikov."

There's a song about this tragedy by Russian rock band DDT. It's called Captain Kolesnikov.



lyrics:

Who would tell us a few honest words about their death?
Such a shame that black boxes are not for the fallen sailors
The pencil keeps on breaking; it's getting dark and cold
Captain Kolesnikov is writing us a letter

There's a few of us left on the cold sea floor
Two chambers exploded and three more are on fire
I know there is no hope, but if you have faith, then wait
You will find my letter on your chest

The Kursk twitched and froze, as a torn grave
With a farewell it cut the cables of the rusted cores
It's dark above the waters, with seagulls and ships
On the ground the submarine sleeps, but how far is the ground

Afterwards they will say many lies about the events
Will the committee ever tell how hard it is to die?
Who of us are peers, who are heroes, who are douche bags
Captain Kolesnikov is writing us a letter

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