Russia dismantled 121 nuclear submarines as of mid-2005

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MOSCOW, September 22 (RIA Novosti) - As of July 2005, Russia had already dismantled a total of 121 nuclear submarines, the head of the Federal Nuclear Energy Agency said Thursday.

Alexander Rumyantsev said, "So far, 195 nuclear submarines have been decommissioned, and by the middle of 2005, 121 nuclear submarines had been dismantled and 34 remained operational."

The process of dismantling nuclear submarines is coming to an end, he said.

Russia is dismantling its nuclear submarines at an annual rate of 20 vessels. Russia receives $70 million in foreign support for this process, and the government provides an additional $70 million, Rumyantsev said.

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