Russia pays tribute to submarine dead

Russia buries its dead — as thousands of mourners pay homage to the victims killed in the nuclear submarine Nerpa.

Nearly 3000 people from the far east Russian city of Komsolmolsk-on-Amur, have attended the funerals of 12 workers who died after a gas leak on the vessel.

In all, twenty people, mostly civilians died when a fire alarm triggered a safety mechanism, pumping toxic freon gas into the front section of the attack submarine.

The accident happened on Saturday in the sea of Japan as the Akula-class sub was undergoing trials.

There have been claims the vessel was overcrowded and questions remain why so many civilians were on board.

The disaster brings back memories of the sinking of the submarine Kursk in 2000, which claimed the lives of 118 sailors.

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