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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

St. Petersburg Picks Kursk Monument

For MTA rendition of architects Nikita Sokolov and Gennady Peichev's proposed monument to the sunken Kursk nuclear submarine.
ST. PETERSBURG — A design for a monument to be erected in St. Petersburg to commemorate the 118 sailors who perished in the sinking of the Kursk submarine was selected Friday from a group of 11 submissions.

Architects Nikita Sokolov and Gennady Peichev's winning entry depicts a storm petrel — a seabird with long wings — flying low above the wavy surface of a black granite cube — symbolizing the restless waters of the Barents Sea.

The monument, which is to be built in St. Petersburg's Serafimovskoye Cemetery, will include the date and coordinates of the Kursk sinking and list the names of the crew members.

The judging panel consisted of representatives of the St. Petersburg architects' union, the St. Petersburg economic development, industrial policy and trade committee and the Kursk Memorial Foundation.

"The most important thing is to preserve the memory of the Kursk sailors," said Vladimir Mityayev, a member of the jury whose son Alexei was an officer on the Kursk.