Residents of Shukruti, a village near the industrial city of Chiatura in western Georgia, have shut down several mines demanding compensation for damages to their homes caused by the mines. [Read more…]
The Prosecutor’s Office of Syunik, in Armenia’s southern Syunik Province, have launched a criminal investigation into the Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine for contaminating the River Voghji. [Read more…]
International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Georgian Government to improve safety conditions for miners, slamming the country’s deregulation of labour safety. [Read more…]
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has given the green light for the controversial Amulsar Mine project to go ahead despite a report concluding that mining company Lydian failed to properly assess the risks. [Read more…]
After starting a sudden and unsanctioned strike earlier this month, miners in Chiatura stitched their lips together to demonstrate how much their hazardous occupations cost. [Read more…]
For the past three months, the inhabitants of the Armenian spa town of Jermuk have been rallying against the local Amulsar gold mine. The company operating the mine claims their operations are environmentally sound and has threatened to sue the Armenian government if they have to suspend work. All eyes are now on Armenia’s revolutionary government, which has promised ‘power to the people’. [Read more…]
A Daghestani businessman was detained in Ghana on Monday accused of orchestrating the kidnap and torture of two other Daghestani businessmen. Man allegedly called Vagif Musayev, who goes under the name, Vladimir ‘Wolf’ Nabiyev, allegedly organised the kidnappings after a dispute over a gold mining business.
A small group of miners gathered on Tuesday in front of the Mindeli mine shaft in the central Georgian town of Tkibuli demanding the administration of the company that owns the mine step down but insisting that operations should continue. Four died and six more were injured in an explosion in the mine on Monday. [Read more…]
Mining is one of the most important sectors of the Armenian economy; it has the largest share of exports constituting more than half the total value. On 9 March 2017, Armenia became a candidate country for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Candidacy means the country must undertake a series of reforms within a set timeframe to comply with standards of transparency and accountability.
GeoProMining is an international precious metals mining company. It was founded by Russian businessman Siman Povarenkin, with a local partner in Georgia, Koba Nakopia. The company has damaged environments in Georgia, Armenia, and Russia while mining gold and other precious metals.
Thanks to close contacts in local governments, the gold mining enterprise and its subsidiaries have never been seriously penalised. Local governments either don’t investigate major environmental pollution incidents or they don’t publish the investigation results.