C.I.S. OIL WOES LAID AT FEET OF UNDERSPENDING FOR EXPLORATION
Lack of spending on the former Soviet Union's exploration program dealt a serious blow not only to the nation's petroleum industry but to the entire economy during recent years, says F.K. Salmanov, who once served as U.S.S.R. deputy minister of geology. Salmanov played a key role in western Siberia's exploration during that vast region's spectacular oil and gas production growth in the 1970s and much of the 1980s.