East-West: Incident at Urengoi

Has a fire stalled Moscow's natural gas pipeline?

For the Soviet Union, the building of a 2,759-mile natural gas pipeline from Siberia to Western Europe has become a test of technological prowess and a national crusade. Over the past two years, the Soviets have raced to finish the $ 18 billion project on schedule and prove that U.S. economic sanctions aimed at delaying the pipeline have had no impact. Construction crews, toiling feverishly in the harsh Siberian wilderness, were given 10% higher wages than similar laborers receive in Soviet cities and offered bonuses of up to six months' pay for...

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