From Reuters.com

Graphic: Census of the Arctic

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Mining gold in Russia’s remote Chukotka region

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Chukotka, a region revived in the last eight years by the $2.5 billion investment of Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich, produced a fifth of Russia’s gold in the first half of this year. Gold is the region’s passport to growth after Abramovich quit as governor last July.

Only South Africa holds more gold than Russia, but Moscow’s fragmented industry has struggled to access vast reserves in its inhospitable Far East. The region was first mined in the 1930s by prisoners of the Gulags set up by Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Graphic: BRIC nations by the numbers

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Brazil, Russia, China and India, the so-called BRIC group of emerging powers, have gained clout on the global stage in the past decade as their economies grew faster than those of developed countries.

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