Russia: Chukotka’s gold output down

Gold output of the Chukotka Autonomous District is falling, governor Roman Kopin said in his letter to president Vladimir Putin asking for higher financing of geological exploration and better mechanisms of licensing of subsoil sites. Kopin said that the gold reserves of the unallocated subsoil reserve fund of the region stood at only 95.2 tons,…

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Russia: ministries reject proposed windfall tax on metals and mining firms

Russian government ministries have agreed that a proposed windfall tax on metals, mining and chemical companies is inappropriate, Reuters reported citing Industry Minister Denis Manturov. “With colleagues from other ministries, we have reached a common position that as of today it’s inappropriate,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a military forum. The proposal, put…

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