SOVIETS' FIRST QUARTER OIL PRODUCTION HITS 15 YEAR LOW

The Soviet Union's oil production during first quarter 1991 plunged to a 15 year low, with the decline gaining speed in early spring. Official reports say Soviet crude/condensate flow last January-March was off 9% from first quarter 1990. For March alone, Soviet oil production dove 10%. Meanwhile, the U.S.S.R.'s coal production, plagued by widespread strikes, skidded 11% from first quarter 1990.

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