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EastRussia Newsletter: authorities review Forestry Code for gold miners

EastRussia Newsletter: authorities review Forestry Code for gold miners
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The Russian government is ready to consider the problem of the gold mining industry, which arose due to contradictions of the Forest Code, the next published issue of the EastRussia newsletter says. However, specific solutions have not been identified.

The Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia considered the proposal of the Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs under President Boris Titov to amend the legislation to eliminate the problems of gold mining enterprises in several regions. They arise during the construction of infrastructure for the development of deposits located in specially protected areas of forests.

Earlier, gold miners of Transbaikalia addressed the Ombudsman. They reported a problem: in the current conditions, companies acquire mining licenses at auctions, but at the stage of concluding a lease for a site, they often learn about the location of the field in the zone of specially protected forest areas. This makes it difficult to operate, since the Forestry Code allows the development of such sites, and government regulation No. 849 prohibits the placement of quarries, dumps and industrial sites within them. This situation leads to company losses.

Titov proposed the development of a system of preliminary informing bidders when obtaining licenses to locate a deposit in the zone of specially protected forest areas, as well as reduce administrative barriers that impede work. The ministry proposes to form a working group to discuss the issue, including an authorized representative for the protection of the rights of entrepreneurs of the Trans-Baikal Territory.

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