Russian Diamond Mines


City buildings stand beyond the giant excavated hole left by the Mir mine, a former open pit diamond mine, in Mirny, Russia, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. OAO Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond producer, raised about $1.3 billion in an oversubscribed share sale from investors including Oppenheimer Funds Inc. and Lazard Ltd.’s asset-management unit, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)


Pedestrians pass frozen trees covered with hoar frost during a period of extreme cold in Udachny, Russia, on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)


Power lines run between electricity pylons through a snow covered clearing in the taiga forest near Mirny, Russia, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

An excavator loads a dump truck with diamond ore at the base of the open pit at the Udachny diamond mine operated by OAO Alrosa in Udachny, Russia, on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)


Dump trucks carry diamond ore away from the base of the open pit at the Udachny diamond mine operated by OAO Alrosa in Udachny, Russia, on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)


Dump trucks carry diamond ore away from the base of the open pit at the Udachny diamond mine operated by OAO Alrosa in Udachny, Russia, on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)


An excavator loads a dump truck with diamond ore at the base of the open pit at the Udachny diamond mine operated by OAO Alrosa in Udachny, Russia, on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)


Excavation machines operate at the base of the open pit at the Udachny diamond mine operated by OAO Alrosa in Udachny, Russia, on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)


Residential apartment blocks for workers stand beyond a Russian orthodox church near the Udachny diamond mine operated by OAO Alrosa in Udachny, Russia, on Saturday, November 16, 2013. (Photo by Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

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