The Battle of Tsushima was an important naval battle during the Russo-Japanese war. It was a total victory for Japan, and when the Russian ships tried to surrender the Japanese navy didn't accept the surrender for quite some time. Mistrust and not knowing the international code of surrender were the main causes. Russian admiral Nikolai Nebogatov likely knew his surrender would mean he'd be executed by his superiors in Russia and said "You are young, and it is you who will one day retrieve the honor and glory of the Russian Navy. The lives of the two thousand four hundred men in these ships are more important than mine." on the matter. He did face such punishment in Russia when he returned by it was reduced to 10 years in prison by Tsar Nicholas II.