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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Relatives Slam Kursk Findings

Relatives of those who died on the Kursk nuclear submarine voiced anger Monday that prosecutors decided not to press charges in the sinking, and they demanded a clearer explanation about the cause of the tragedy.

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov closed a criminal investigation into the sinking Friday. He said no one would be charged because a technical malfunction -- leaky torpedo propellant -- was to blame for the 2000 accident that claimed the lives of all 118 sailors onboard.

Retired navy Captain Vladimir Mityayev, who lost a son on the Kursk and represents 39 Kursk sailors' families, said Ustinov's conclusions were unsatisfactory.

"We had expected that those at fault for the death of our children would be named," he said by telephone from St. Petersburg. "To me, this is a clear case of negligence."

He said he and the families he represents have asked to meet with investigators for answers to what exactly happened on the Kursk.

He has also asked a Moscow-based lawyer to examine the investigation results.

Nadezhda Nekrasova, the mother of a Kursk sailor, told Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday that she was willing to go to court in Russia or abroad to find out who was responsible for the sinking.

Chief military prosecutor Alexander Savenkov said Monday that investigators will do their best to answer relatives' questions.