Part 2: KPCSC wants Russia to help end impasse on new definition of conflict diamonds

In the first installment of this two-part exclusive interview with Shamiso Mtisi, the coordinator of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC), we focused on illegal diamond mining in the continent and where the contraband ends up...

25 october 2021

Part 1: KPCSC gives insight into illegal diamond mining, trading in Africa

Although the diamond watchdog Kimberley Process (KP) prides itself for significantly reducing the flow of conflict goods since its establishment in 2003, the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC) alleged that illegal diamond...

18 october 2021

The jewelry industry in Russia needs to be upgraded in a serious way

Dina Nasyrova is a vice-president of the International Jewelry Exhibition-Congress J-1 recently hosted by the Atrium of Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. As a partner and the Muse of the famous jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, she actively participated in the preparation...

11 october 2021

Smiling Rocks, a philanthropic business model, inspires companies to work for betterment of the world

Zulu Ghevriya, the CEO and Co-Founder of Smiling Rocks, Founder of Vedantti Jewellery and Managing Director of Prism Group has been in the diamond and jewellery industry for over 20 years. Zulu started his business, Prism Group, as a natural diamond...

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Work hard and you will find success

Eduard Utkin, Director General of the “Jewellers’ Guild of Russia” Association, expert of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Committee on Precious Metals and Precious Stones, told R&P about implementing the SIIS PMPS (State Integrated Information...

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AGD DIAMONDS CEO and acting governor of the Arkhangelsk region discussed the diamond mining industry in the region

13 april 2020

AGD DIAMONDS JSC CEO Sergey Neruchev met with the Acting Governor of the region, Alexander Tsybulsky. The parties discussed measures that will reduce the adverse performance impact the trends and ensure stable operation of the region’s diamond mining industry. 

            Image credit: AGD DIAMONDS

During the conversation, Sergei Neruchev spoke about the activities of AGD DIAMONDS. Alexander Tsybulsky noted: “Pomorye is the only territory in the European part of the country where diamonds are mined. Your company is a major taxpayer, employer, it implements large-scale investment programs. It’s important to understand what prospects you see and what we need to do to ensure that the company develops and expands in the region.”
In 2019, AGD DIAMONDS produced more than 4.7 million carats of diamonds, which is in line with the target production plan.
The company's contributions to the budget of the Arkhangelsk region in 2019 amounted to 3.4 billion rubles.
Moreover, in 2019, AGD DIAMONDS received licenses for geological exploration, including the study and assessment of diamond deposits in the Mezen district of the Arkhangelsk Region at the Razlomnoye, Torfyanoye and Yuzhno-Verkhotinsky sites. Another similar license for geological exploration at the Krugly site was obtained by the AGD in December 2018. In August 2019, large-scale exploration began in the licensed territories aimed at discovering new diamond deposits, the first stage comprised airborne geophysical study.

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg