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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Diamond Mine Opens

MOSCOW () -- A new Russian diamond mining complex near the Arctic Circle was opened Wednesday, Itar-Tass reported.

The complex near Aihal, a mining town in the Siberian republic of Yakutia, will process more than 11 million cubic meters of ore a year, it said.

Russia is one of the world's largest diamond producers, and most of its diamonds come from the huge open-pit mines gouged into Yakutia's permafrost.

The report said the new mining complex will employ about 500 people.