The toll from the sinking of the cruiser ‘Moskva’ on the night of April 14th includes a dead sailor and 27 missing. Moscow says 396 sailors were rescued. This is the estimate provided by the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the same dicastery, “most of the officers and sailors of the cruiser Moskva have expressed their desire to continue the service on the ships of the Black Sea marine fleet”.
To investigate the sinking of the missile cruiser and probably try to recover some armaments from its wreck, the Russian authorities decided to send a boat equipped with portable submarines to the area. Russian salvage ship Kommuna is a 110-year-old boat (her construction began at the time of the Tsar, in 1912) and was later modernized.