Lucie Godeau
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/ 26 September 2006

Crumbling Siberian city holds horde of Russian diamonds

The eastern Siberian city of Mirny may have only 40 000 inhabitants, but it has something else that long kept it off any map — the giant Mir diamond mine that is one of Russia’s best-kept secrets. It is still quite difficult for foreigners to set foot in this city of wooden barracks and hastily built apartment houses without an official invitation from Alrosa.

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/ 16 March 2006

G8 split in nuclear-energy talks

Group of Eight (G8) countries were divided on Thursday on ways to ensure long-term world-energy security, as the European Union admitted its members had diverging views on ambitious plans for developing nuclear power being pushed by Russia and the United States. ”It is a very different approach from the members of the G8.”