Russia: Putin dives in the Baltic Sea to view sunken WWII submarine

M/S Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Gogland Island
W/S Putin arrives at Gogland Island
SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President: "There are a lot of problems on the ground. And in order to reduce them, I need to rise above the ground and dive underwater. I am doing it because our people are working everywhere - in the air, underwater and underground. And I think that I must be there, where our citizens and experts are. I must see how they do it in order to better understand the costs of what many of these people dedicate their lives to."
W/S Putin preparing to dive in submarine
M/S Putin preparing to dive in submarine
M/S Submarine
M/S Submarine diving underwater
M/S Sunken submarine "Semga"
M/S Sunken submarine "Semga"
M/S Sunken submarine "Semga"
M/S Sunken submarine "Semga"
M/S Submarine
SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President: "I would say, that my impressions are bright. I want to thank those, who are engaged in this wonderful work, those, who initiate the program "Bow to the ships of the Great Victory". After all, not only in the Baltic, but also in other water areas there are many of our sailors who are still missing. Almost half of all submarines that died during the World War II, died in the Baltic overcoming minefields and making their way through for combat operations. On the eve of the Navy Day we found one more crew, which was considered missing. And vice versa - the number of people who were considered dead has increased. This is extremely important and I will say, maybe, trivial thing, but this is important not for those guys who are at the bottom of the Gulf of Finland, but for us, for future generations. Because everyone should know - Russia does not forget its heroes. We do not forget those who gave their lives for the freedom and security of our country, for you and me. This is very important and we have committed this symbolic act in relation to specific people, our submariners, who died here. We did it on the eve of the Navy Day in Russia and it seems to me that this is very important."
M/S Vladimir Putin and officials
SCRIPT
Russian President Vladimir Putin plunged into the Baltic Sea near Gogland Island on Saturday to see the sunken Sch-308 submarine "Semga," which sunk during World War II.
The dive took about one hour, and reached a depth of 50 metres (164 feet). Putin shared his impressions with journalists, the participants of the expedition, and divers who installed the plaque for "Semga". The President thanked them for their work and congratulated on the upcoming Day of the Navy.
"I am doing it because our people are working everywhere - in the air, under water and underground. And I think that I must be there, where are our citizens, experts. I must see how they do it in order to better understand the costs of what many of these people dedicate their lives to," Putin said.
In September 1942 the Semga took a position in the vicinity Finland's Uto island in the Baltic sea, and later its commander reported the destruction of three enemy cargo ships. The ship was then lost. In May 2018, during a scientific expedition, the wreck of the submarine was discovered in the Baltic sea. It was established later that the submarine was hit by a German mine and sunk. As a result, the entire crew of 40 people were killed.

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