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Unformatted text preview: trying to explore new areas. After much work, in the mid 1930s, they discovered oil in a region near the Volga River west of the Ural Mountains. The first oil refinery called Omsk, which is one of the largest in the world, started to produce in 1955. Because of Joseph Stalins ambition to discover new oil, by 1959 Russia had replaced Venezuela as the worlds largest oil producer at 300,000 barrels per day. ( http://books.google.com/books?id=BXWasJHiT-kC&dq=Joseph+Stalin+and+oil+industry&pg=PA213&ots=smK5QbRIfR&sig=zJtdW1mFnZva Oq6lzkI7UV0fpX0&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fhl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26q %3DJoseph%2BStalin%2Band%2Boil%2Bindustry%26btnG %3DSearch&sa=X&oi=print&ct=result&cd=3#PPA215,M1 )...
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