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Weight in gold
Magadan Oblast is one of the five leaders of Russia in the extraction of precious metals
Magadan region in 2014 year broke records for the extraction of gold and silver. Gold mined more 24 tons, silver - 961 ton.
The first jewelry factory in Kolyma was opened in the village of Palatka. Today only seven master jewelers work at it. They are working on technology, coming up with new models of jewelry and preparing to move to an industrial level of production. The most experienced jeweler is Vyacheslav Chudov - he has been creating jewelry for fifteen years. Previously, he worked privately, now he moved to a jewelry factory just created in Kolyma. Here Vyacheslav is still the most experienced jeweler, he knows exactly what needs to be done to make a worthy piece of jewelry. “First of all, one must not be afraid. Solder, try, make mistakes. Do something again to make something work. And if you do nothing, then nothing will work, ”says Vyacheslav Chudov.
Gold miners are confident that gold in Kolyma, as well as in Russia as a whole, will always be in demand. In a situation where the ruble is losing ground, the price of the precious metal is constantly growing. In Magadan jewelry stores, the hype does not subside. Residents buy gold and silver. Take and quite expensive jewelry. The salesmen largely explained the agiotage during the New Year holidays, but the desire to securely invest money also partly works.
“If there is such an opportunity, it is better to invest in jewelry,” says Tatyana Kazetova, a resident of Magadan, a buyer.
The price of gold in the ruble equivalent is growing, in dollar terms remains at the same level. Gold miners Kolyma believe that this circumstance makes them less vulnerable during the economic crisis. The equipment working at the landfills is mostly imported and is purchased for dollars and euros. But in recent years, the prospectors of the region have largely provided themselves with it.
“If we count in total terms at the price of gold, growth in rubles is beneficial. In general, the price of gold went up and everything else, too. Both for food and spare parts. Although we do not know how to do anything else but how to mine gold. Therefore, we will extract, pay wages, pay taxes and sleep peacefully, ”says Nikolai Derezhenets, director of the Polevaya artel.
“For the regional budget, what is being done with the ruble, given that Kolyma works in the field of gold mining, is beneficial. These are actually taxes that will come in. The mineral extraction tax is calculated from the price per gram of gold, and the higher the price, the more the budget will receive tax on the extraction of minerals, ”explains Alexander Basansky, a gold miner, deputy chairman of the Magadan Regional Duma.
The work of the jewelry factory allows you to close the production cycle on the territory of Kolyma - from the extraction of precious metal to its transformation into jewelry. In the future, it is planned that Magadan jewelery will appear in the central regions of Russia.
Magadan region in 2014 year extracted 24 tons of gold - this is the region's record for the last 15 years. In the next few days, they plan to launch the Pavlik mine, which will add another six tons to the Kolyma piggy bank. Given the growing price of precious metal, these are additional taxes to the budget of the territory.
As for the Natalka deposit, the largest in terms of gold reserves in Russia, as Alexander Shaferov, deputy director of the Matrosov Mine, said to EastRussia.ru, additional exploration of resources is underway there, there is no other news yet. Whether a revaluation will be made will become clear in the near future.
As we wrote earlierAt the end of last year, the Matrosov Mine, a subsidiary of Polyus Zolota, postponed the start of mining of the precious metal at the Natalkinskoye deposit in the Tenkinsky district of Kolyma for an indefinite period.
According to official data, in 2014, compared to 2013, gold production in Kolyma increased by 2 tons 783 kg, silver - by 57 tons 34 kg. The increase in gold production from ore deposits amounted to 2 tons 235,5 kg, from placers - 547,8 kg. Gold mining began in the region at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1929, the Srednekansky, Boriskin, Yubileiny, and Utiny mines operated on the territory of the Verkhne-Kolymsky gold mining region, the annual production reached 85,9 kg of chemically pure gold. And when the Pervomaisky and Kholodny mines were organized in 1930, the annual production in the area increased to 281,4 kg.