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Deadbeat Russian army post faces snow dump


UPI News Service, 04/06/2013 

A snow-removal company said it might dump snow collected from city streets at a Russian army office that failed to pay its snow-removal bills from last year.

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A spokesman for the company said the regional Army office in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky owes 1 million rubles ($31,000) for last year, RIA Novosti reported. He said the contractor will dump snow removed from city streets on the office if the bill is not paid by mid-April.

Temperatures in the city are forecast to remain below freezing for at least two weeks.

Snow removal is an issue in a Russian army corruption scandal, in which investigators say high-ranking Defense Ministry officials diverted as much as $190 million appropriated for maintenance to their own benefit.


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