SOVIET ENERGY WOES WORSEN, DRAG DOWN ECONOMY

The U.S.S.R.'s energy industry has spearheaded the nation's severe economic slump in first half 1991. Whereas overall Soviet production fell 6.2% in the first half compared with the same 1990 period, oil production was down 10%, gas flow showed almost no change, coal extraction dipped 12%, and electrical power generation was virtually flat. Fuel and feedstock shortages are disrupting operations in many key areas of the Soviet economy.

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