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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Primorsky Reduces Electricity Supplies

An energy crisis in Russia's Far Eastern Primorsky region has forced officials to dramatically cut back electricity output, Itar-Tass reported Friday.

According to the deputy governor of the region, each resident in the region will lose electricity for three to four hours a day and factories will be put on emergency reserves.

Itar-Tass blamed the crisis on commercial customers whose outstanding bills have grown so large -- the debt increases by about $70 million a month -- that the region has not been able to purchase raw materials like coal and oil.

Officials vow to use "all sources of pressure available" to force businesses and factories to pay their outstanding energy bills, and have warned that the administration will cut off power to debtors if necessary.

Vasily Poleshchuk, the director of the energy complex in Russia's Far East said electricity is now being supplied to the region only through "the greatest of efforts" of the organization's employees.