The authorities in Nakhodka in Russia’s Far East have declared a state of emergency since the city has run out of fuel. The population is without heating and light in subzero temperatures. Primorsky Krai, of which Nakhodka is part, has suffered repeated fuel shortages in recent years. The Kremlin has tried and failed to unseat regional governor Yevgeny Nazdratenko. (BBC, February 20)
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