Yakutia needs 4.5 billion rubles to start mining tin in the Arctic. The mining should start in 2018.
The region houses 37% of all prospected tin reserves in the country (630 thousands tons), with Russia mining just 10% (around 500 tons per year), and importing 90%. The main tin suppliers are China, Bolivia and Portugal.
Annually Russia needs some 7.5 thousand tons of tin. (Ukrainian metal)