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A GV Gold worker holds out gold dore nuggets produced at the Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. Each piece weighs 300-400g. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A GV Gold worker holds out gold dore nuggets produced at the Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. Each piece weighs 300-400g. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A GV Gold worker holds out gold dore nuggets produced at the Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. Each piece weighs 300-400g. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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Core samples are seen at miner GV Gold’s technical depot outside Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Core samples are seen at miner GV Gold’s technical depot outside Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Core samples are seen at miner GV Gold’s technical depot outside Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A view of the mining town of Bodaibo in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A view of the mining town of Bodaibo in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A view of the mining town of Bodaibo in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A technician holds a ground sample of core, which will be used for analysis as part of the exploration and prospecting process, at gold miner GV Gold’s “9th km” technical depot outside the mining town of Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A technician holds a ground sample of core, which will be used for analysis as part of the exploration and prospecting process, at gold miner GV Gold’s “9th km” technical depot outside the mining town of Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012....more

A technician holds a ground sample of core, which will be used for analysis as part of the exploration and prospecting process, at gold miner GV Gold’s “9th km” technical depot outside the mining town of Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A girl walks on a residential street in Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A girl walks on a residential street in Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A girl walks on a residential street in Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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Girls walk on a residential street in Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Girls walk on a residential street in Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Girls walk on a residential street in Bodaibo, eastern Siberia, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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Dumper trucks and an excavator are seen at the Ykanskoye deposit, a GV Gold exploration site, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Dumper trucks and an excavator are seen at the Ykanskoye deposit, a GV Gold exploration site, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Dumper trucks and an excavator are seen at the Ykanskoye deposit, a GV Gold exploration site, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A dumper truck and an excavator are seen loading at Ykanskoye, a GV Gold exploration site in eastern Siberia, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A dumper truck and an excavator are seen loading at Ykanskoye, a GV Gold exploration site in eastern Siberia, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A dumper truck and an excavator are seen loading at Ykanskoye, a GV Gold exploration site in eastern Siberia, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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Employees of GV Gold walk by a settling pond at the miner’s Ykanskoye operation in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. The sign reads, "Dangerous Zone". REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Employees of GV Gold walk by a settling pond at the miner’s Ykanskoye operation in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. The sign reads, "Dangerous Zone". REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Employees of GV Gold walk by a settling pond at the miner’s Ykanskoye operation in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. The sign reads, "Dangerous Zone". REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A mining employee is seen at the window near a ball mill in the processing plant at GV Gold’s Ykanskoye site outside Bodaibo in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A mining employee is seen at the window near a ball mill in the processing plant at GV Gold’s Ykanskoye site outside Bodaibo in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A mining employee is seen at the window near a ball mill in the processing plant at GV Gold’s Ykanskoye site outside Bodaibo in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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Health and safety posters are seen in the mine workers’ canteen at GV Gold’s Marakan base in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Health and safety posters are seen in the mine workers’ canteen at GV Gold’s Marakan base in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Health and safety posters are seen in the mine workers’ canteen at GV Gold’s Marakan base in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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Outdoor toilets are seen at GV Gold’s Marakan base in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Outdoor toilets are seen at GV Gold’s Marakan base in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Outdoor toilets are seen at GV Gold’s Marakan base in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A dumper truck drives up the road at GV Gold’s Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A dumper truck drives up the road at GV Gold’s Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A dumper truck drives up the road at GV Gold’s Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia, September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A view of an open pit at miner GV Gold’s Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A view of an open pit at miner GV Gold’s Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A view of an open pit at miner GV Gold’s Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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A truck drives along the open pit at the Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A truck drives along the open pit at the Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

A truck drives along the open pit at the Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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Workers accommodation and the canteen are seen at Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Workers accommodation and the canteen are seen at Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques

Workers accommodation and the canteen are seen at Golets Vysochaishy mine in eastern Siberia September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira Marques
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