Obshchaya gazeta (no. 23) said that more than half of Russian pipelines are more than 20 years old and that some 36,000 kilometers need immediate repair. As a result, more pipeline disasters are likely. Pravda on June 3 reported that there had been 700 pipeline breaks in the last year and that Russia now loses 10-12 percent of all gas produced as a result.
Interior Ministry Resists Change in Internal Passports.