A bill has been drafted, that provides a simple, understandable mechanism of access to gold mining, based on the analysis of global and domestic experience — Pavel Volkov, State Secretary, Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic.
I would also like to express my opinion on allowing mining for individuals. In general, we are in favor of that, but we would like to see a protective zone of several kilometres around the existing placer deposits — Sergey Zhuravlev, Vice President of Government Relations, Polyus.
First of all, we work with our partners in the foreign governments. We are trying to get them, under several agreements, to establish regular control over the export of raw materials. As for what we can do on our part, we can set things in order with the laboratories [which assess the gold content in raw materials in bad faith – Ed.]. 90% of those labs were shut down by the National Accreditation body, making it impossible for them to analyze raw materials. <...> So that the people, the bona fide entrepreneurs, have somewhere to go to – basically, a place for arbitration where they could confirm that their raw materials are genuine. We decided to create such a laboratory at the Federal Assay Office — Alexei Moiseev, Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation.