Academician Pokhilenko: The situation with rough diamonds in the Russian Federation will start changing for the worse as early as 2025

Nikolai Petrovich Pokhilenko, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Deputy Chairman of the Siberian Branch (SB) of the RAS, Scientific Director of the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of the SB of the RAS, is a prominent...

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Ilgiz Fazulzyanov: For a creator, the quarantine is the time to work on future masterpieces

Ilgiz Fazulzyanov is a successful and internationally recognized jewellery designer. He received his academic art education in Kazan and moved to Moscow in the 1990s where he lives and works now. His brand, Ilgiz F., is well known among true connoisseurs...

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Botswana Diamonds keen to mine KX36 kimberlite if found commercial

Botswana Diamonds intends to mine the KX36 kimberlite, which it recently acquired from Petra Diamonds if found commercial. The high-grade KX36 kimberlite pipe is part of the three Prospecting Licenses in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana...

28 december 2020

‘We expect to completely open the Bourse for business by Q1 of the Year 2022,’ assures Vallabhbhai Patel, Chairman, SDB

Vallabhbhai Patel, Chairman of the Surat Diamond Bourse, dreamed of building the world’s largest commercial building in Surat for the Indian diamond industry. He conceptualized the ‘Surat Diamond Bourse’ (SDB), which is set to redefine...

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An opportunity to show your products and occupy your niche

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14 december 2020

Angolans raise concern over illegal diamond mining

05 march 2020

Angolans have expressed concern over clandestine illegal diamond mining by suspected foreigners in the southern parts of the country.
Cuando Cubango provincial governor Julio Bessa was quoted by Jornal de Angola as saying that officials from the mineral and petroleum resources ministry as well as the national security will conduct relevant investigations into the matter.
The illegal miners were also believed to be involved in the extraction of several minerals, including mercury, copper, gold, bronze, quartz and iron. 

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Illegal diamond mining in Angola                                                                           Image credit: Journeman TV, 1996

Angola launched operation transparency in September 2018, which was focused primarily on preventing and punishing crimes related to diamond trafficking and illegal immigration.
The operation, which saw thousands of carats and millions in cash being recovered, was heavily criticised last year by the Human Rights Watch for deporting immigrants with force.   
The United Nations also alleged that Angolan security forces and allied ethnic Tshokwe youth shot dead at least six Congolese during Operation Transparency in Lunda North province bordering Congo.   
However, Luanda denied that its security forces committed human rights abuses against migrants during the operation.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished