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The head of a major Russian shipyard died suddenly, for no apparent reason

The head of a major Russian shipyard died suddenly, for no apparent reason

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(Reuters) – A major Russian shipyard specializing in building non-nuclear submarines said its chief executive died suddenly on Saturday after 11 years on the job, but gave no details.

Admiralty Shipyards, based in the western port of St. Petersburg, announced the death of Alexander Buzakov in a statement. He has been on the job since August 2012.

His main achievement, he said, was preserving and strengthening the shipyard’s order books for modern non-nuclear submarines, surface ships and deep-sea vehicles.

The TASS news agency reported that the shipyard is building improved Kilo-class diesel submarines capable of launching Kalibr cruise missiles.

In April, Moscow said it used a diesel submarine in the Black Sea to strike Ukrainian military targets with the Caliber.

The shipyard said Buzakov graduated in 1980 and had more than 40 years of experience, indicating he was in his mid-sixties when he died. Saint Petersburg is the hometown of President Vladimir Putin.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Daniel Wallis)


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