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RUSSIAN GOLD Table 2: Gold Production from Russian Regions in 2009-2012 (mt) Krasnoyarsk Krai Chukot Autonomous Area Amur Oblast The Republic of Yakutia Irkutsk Oblast Magadan Oblast Khabarovsk Krai Sverdlovskai Oblast The Pepublic of Buriatia Trans-Baikal Krai Chelyabinsk Oblast Kamchatka Krai The Republic of Tiva The Republic of Khacassia 2009 33.8 31.2 21.9 18.6 15.0 13.7 14.7 07.3 06.6 05.6 03.9 02.3 01.2 00.7 • • • • • • 2010 36.1 24.9 19.9 18.6 16.0 15.4 15.2 08.3 06.0 05.6 03.6 02.2 01.4 01.2 Irkutsk Oblast by 11.9% to 19,000.4 kg; Khabarovsk Krai by 4.4% to 13,025.5 kg; Trans-Baikal region by 7.7% to 6,772.4 kg; Chelyabinsk Oblast by 33.8% to 5,025.4 kg; Republic of Tiva by 25% to 1,709.0 kg; and Republic of Khakassia by 10.4% to 1,282.0 kg. At the same time, the level of gold mining in 2012 yearon-year volume fell in: • Chukot Autonomous Area by 10.8% to 17,978.7 kg; • Sverdlovskai Oblast by 5% to 7,748.9 kg; • Republic of Buryatia by 7.8% to 5,991.0 kg; and • The Kamchatka region by 1.3% to 2,456.5 kg. 2011 39.3 20.1 29.1 19.4 17.1 15.2 12.5 08.3 06.5 06.2 03.7 02.5 01.4 01.1 2012 44.0 18.0 29.3 21.2 19.0 19.7 13.0 07.7 06.0 06.8 05.0 02.5 01.7 01.2 % 2012 to 2011 +11.3 -10.8 +0.5 +9.6 +11.9 +30.0 +4.4 -5.0 -7.8 +7.7 +33.8 -1.3 +25.0 +10.4 In 2012, growth in Russian gold mining was due to the increased activity of several companies, including: Polyus Gold, in particular its Olimpiada mine in Krasnoyarsk Krai, the Verninskoye mine in Irkutsk Oblast, and the Kuranah mine in the Republic of Yakutia; and Polymetal, in particular its Omolon mine in Magadan Oblast and the Albazinskoj mine in Khabarovsk Krai, as well as the Visochishi mine in the Irkutsk region and some others. A slight decline in production was noted at the Kupol mine in the Chukot Autonomous Area due to the planned reduction of gold content in the processed ore. The main characteristic of the Russian gold mining industry in recent years has been a trend toward consolidation. Polyus Gold's Blagodatnoe mine in the Krasnoyarsk Krai region. www.e-mj.com JUNE 2013 • E&MJ 65

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