Disasters

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  • The sparsely populated Sakhalin Island, located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Russia’s far-eastern region, is under serious threat of critical water shortages by the middle of this century.
  • The Russian Ministry of Regional Development has offered its support to a pilot project under which RusHydro, a large state-owned water infrastructure company, would take control of small provincial water utilities.
  • The police force in the Stavropol Region of southern Russia has opened a criminal investigation into corruption at the local water utility. The investigation is being led by senior officers and highly publicized in the local media, as authorities work to demonstrate to residents that the matter is being taken seriously at the top levels of regional government.