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1. What are some reasons that the destruction of the oil refinery in Nizhnevartovsk so significant to the Russians?

The oil refinery produced approximately thirty-one percent of the country's oil. Its destruction means that the Russian people will suffer from an oil shortage, and the Russians can not afford to buy any. The Politburo decides that Russia must take oil by force from other countries.

2. An AP news correspondent in Moscow does not reveal the true cause of the oil refinery fire. What does he say happened, and how does he report the fire was extinguished?

The news correspondent writes that the oil refinery fire was caused by a technical malfunction. He also writes that the fire was put out by sophisticated fire extinguishers instead of by hundreds of people.

3. Why does the Politburo decide to go to war for oil?

The Politburo decides to go to war because asking for help from foreign countries would make the Russians appear weak, and buying oil from other countries is out of the question. Without oil, the Russian people would be cold and hungry, and could not make it through the year without significant outside help.

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