This October 1999 image shows Capt. Gennady Lyachin, the Kursk nuclear submarine commander, as he poses in front the ship at the naval base in Vedyayevo. The Hero of the Russian order, one of the country's highest honors, was awarded to Lyachin Saturday. Two weeks after the Kursk sank in the Barents Sea, Russian President Vladimir Putin conferred posthumous state honors on the 118 men.  (AP Photo/str)

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This October 1999 image shows Capt. Gennady Lyachin, the Kursk nuclear submarine commander, as he poses in front the ship at the naval base in Vedyayevo. The Hero of the Russian order, one of the country's highest honors, was awarded to Lyachin Saturday. Two weeks after the Kursk sank in the Barents Sea, Russian President Vladimir Putin conferred posthumous state honors on the 118 men. (AP Photo/str)