Diamond Mining Company Sues Yakutsk Activist Over Story of Environmental Accident

Diamond Mining Company Sues Yakutsk Activist Over Story of Environmental Accident

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ALROSA [a Russian group of diamond mining companies that specialize in exploration, mining, manufacture, and sale of diamonds] filed a lawsuit against Yakutsk environmentalist and public activist Alexander Zhurakovsky who had publicly spoken about an environmental accident at one of the holding's facilities.

ALROSA sued Yakutsk environmental activist Alexander Zhurakov who had publicly spoken about an environmental accident at one of the company's facilities

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ALROSA filed a lawsuit against Yakut environmentalist and public activist Alexander Zhurakovsky, who spoke about an environmental accident at one of the holding's facilities.

SakhaNews reported that the Arbitration Court of Yakutia had accepted ALROSA’s claim against environmentalist Alexander Zhurakovsky, chairman of the Let's Protect Yakutia's Nature environmental movement, who was accused of the dissemination of false information, discrediting the company’s business reputation.

During the meeting of Yakutia’s State Council he said that ALROSA was illegally emitting highly mineralized brines, and once it was “the discharge of more than 2 million m³” of them became the reason for bringing the matter before the court. Later, Zhurakovsky posted this information on his Facebook account.

ALROSA's lawsuit states that the information about the brine discharge is inaccurate and discredits the company's business reputation.

Meanwhile, Yakutia's Ministry of Ecology reported damage to a pipeline of highly mineralized water from the Udachny Mining and Processing Division near a bridge crossing over the Daldyn River, a left tributary of the Markha River, in April 2021. The experts of the watchdog agency took water samples and recorded a twofold excess of the maximum permissible concentration of components specific to brines. An administrative case was initiated against ALROSA.

The same month, Alexander Zhurakovsky accused ALROSA of polluting the Markha River as a result of an accident at the Udachny mine's high-salinity water pipeline. He underlined that the company should have warned the residents about the accident in a mandatory manner because they use this water and fish there.

Zhurakovsky also published data from the environmental monitoring center, according to which bromide, magnesium, and strontium had been found in the Markha River.

Polina Anisimova, a representative of ALROSA, said during the State Council meeting that no signs of mineralized mine-ore water had been found in the samples after the pipeline was damaged on April 10. In response, Lena Volkova, head of the Republican Information and Analytical Center for Environmental Monitoring, said that “extreme pollution of the Daldyn River with lead” was detected at the site of the pipeline damage.

According to ALROSA's official position, the information about “toxic discharges of ALROSA into the river” is not true.

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