Russia: Economic Reform or Catastrophe?

Russia: Economic Reform or Catastrophe?

Ukraine recently stopped supplying food to the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia. Krasnoyarsk Atomgrad, which has an underground store for radioactive waste, responded by refusing to take spent nuclear fuel from Ukraine. New Tallin port, newly completed to serve the whole USSR, wants payment in dollars for unloading goods in transit to
the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Boris Yeltsin has ordered the modernization of the old port of St. Petersburg so that goods from Europe can be unloaded there. Lithuania is demanding part of the oil that is pumped through the country. There is an energy crisis in Latvia and Estonia because their oil supplies have been drastically cut. Turkmenia plans to sell its natural gas to Iran and Pakistan for hard currency. This will reduce the gas supplied to the European part of the CIS. Yerevan has electricity for only a few hours a day. Azerbaijan is
blockading the railway line to Armenia and interrupting Armenia’s gas supply. As the economic crisis deepens, so economic conflict among the former Soviet republics proliferate.

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