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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Thieves Disable Sub

MOSCOW -- Thieves disabled a nuclear submarine in the Northern Fleet by pilfering vital equipment, the business daily Kommersant reported Friday.

The Pantera nuclear-powered submarine, based near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula, was stripped of a filtration powder needed to clean air inside its hull. The sub's crew would have suffocated if the theft hadn't been discovered, the newspaper reported.

One of the submarine's officers and an accomplice allegedly emptied 59 filtration cartridges of powder containing the precious metal palladium, replacing it with ordinary coal.

The suspects allegedly sold the powder for $9,000, Kommersant said.