SOVIET OIL SHORTFALL LEAVES MARK ON CUBA

The large and increasing shortfall in Soviet oil deliveries to Cuba has caused a huge jump in crime associated with speculation, swindling, and theft of motor fuel on the Caribbean island. The Cuban news agency reported on the trial of a group of 16 "criminals" who sold "at inflated prices" ration coupons for purchase of more than 1 million I. of gasoline in 1990. The prosecutor asked 12-15 year jail sentences for the three ringleaders.

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