08/21/09 125 W, 1 I - + 7 - 7 After the Dam Accident

This strong image appears in today's New York Times, in the article Decaying Soviet Infrastructure Shows Its Era, and in the context of the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam accident on Monday that killed 17 workers and left 58 missing. On a related note, an earlier Times article reports that a Russian blogger has been charged with libel, after making claims about the accident. The editor-in-chief of an online publication n had his computer sized, and was accused of "discrediting the honor and dignity, and undermining the business reputation, of the leaders of the republic and Sayano-Shushenskaya." The hydroelectric plant at the dam, the fifth-largest in the world, opened in 1978, and was partially reconstructed in 1987, says this Wikipedia entry.

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