Russian gas production hits hydrocarbon slide

The last remaining stable sector of Russia's energy industry is getting shaky. Gas flow, which did not follow the sharp decline in Russian oil, coal, and refinery production in 1988-92, his slumped in recent months. The nation's gas production in the first 6 months of this year was down less than 2% from the same 1992 period. But June-August flow skidded about 5% from the same 1992 period.

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