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On January 25, within the framework of the Central House of Arts project “History of the Russian Army”, marine painter and historian Vladimir Shigin continued the story of the death of the lead dreadnought battleship of the Russian Imperial Fleet “Empress Maria” during the First World War.

Concluding the previous conversation, Vladimir Shigin stated that when considering the circumstances of the death of the ship, a variety of versions were put forward, including careless handling of gunpowder or its spontaneous combustion, as well as sabotage. It was on the latest version – the result of hostile activity, that the presenter focused special attention.

In the field of view of the investigation, which was conducted for more than a dozen years, revolutionary parties fell into the field of view, which by an explosion could cause sailor riots on ships. The battleship could have been blown up by the sailors themselves, allegedly fighting the bourgeoisie, as happened already during the Civil War, when the Orion ship was blown up in Sevastopol with the families of White Guards fleeing violence. And yet, the priority was the version of the terrorist attack by enemy spies from the countries of the Triple Alliance. Moreover, there were plenty of cases of explosions of ships of the Entente countries during the First World War, and of a similar nature.

Vladimir Shigin spoke in detail about the monstrous explosion that occurred in the port of Arkhangelsk simultaneously with the tragedy in Sevastopol, as well as about the explosion in the same place in 1917. The German trace was clearly visible. Unfortunately, the October Revolution pushed back the investigation of emergencies for years.

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