A Soviet Pipeline to the West

Siberian gas to warm Europe causes some shivers

The Yamal Peninsula is a barren stretch of perpetually frozen soil that extends like an icy finger from Western Siberia about 400 miles toward the Arctic Ocean. Temperatures fall to -60° C during the nine-month-long winter, and the only inhabitants are a few Russians and Mongolian reindeer herders. During Stalin's reign of terror, the Soviet Gulag penetrated the region. Beneath tundra and scrub forests lie the world's largest untapped, proven reserves of natural gas, estimated to total 26 trillion cubic meters.

Last week the Yamal gas...

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