Eastern Europe's new found political freedom is not the only consequence of release from the clutches of the U.S.S.R.
Close ties between the economies of the Soviet Union and its former satellites have ensured that the economic upheaval in the U.S.S.R. has a ripple effect from Poland to Bulgaria.
Ample supplies of oil and gas at prices well below prevailing international levels have been replaced by reduced fuel deliveries and invoices that must be paid mainly in hard currency.
The Soviet Union is a key exporter of crude and products into western Europe, averaging about 2.5 million b/d. Ev...