#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: On Wednesday, the Pervomaisky District Court in the capital, Bishkek, announced that Sariev would be held behind bars until at least September 30. The Central Asian nation has been embroiled in a dispute over the colossal Kumtor Mine, which activists say has sent huge profits overseas at the expense of the local environment.
#AceDailyNews says Kyrgyzstan court rules on arrest of former Prime Minister on corruption charges linked to Canadian-run gold mine as critics say it is poisoning country
5 Aug, 2021 17:19
In May, government officials announced they had taken charge of the mine, forcing out Canadian firm Centerra Gold, which had previously been responsible for digging up nearly 16 tons of the precious metal each year. The firm has slammed the move as state appropriation and launched an international legal bid for one of the world’s largest gold mines could’ve transformed Kyrgyzstan and instead it enriched Canadians
Jakub Kronenberg, a researcher at Poland’s University of Lodz, warned several years ago that “Kumtor is the largest mining operation interfering with glaciers worldwide,” and that its impact on the ice sheets was “huge in absolute terms.” There have also been fears that the glacier is melting faster than before and risks flooding wastewater ponds that are said to contain high levels of cyanide used in the extraction of gold, risking poisoning nearby water supplies.
However, Centerra disputes these allegations, saying the Kyrgystan government’s own expert reports “have confirmed that the Kumtor Mine is operated in accordance with international best practices and its recommendations for improvements have been implemented by the Company.” All that glitters: Kyrgyzstan is going to war with a Canadian gold giant over vast profits, torture claims & a ‘poisoned’ glacier
Instead, it says, climate change is the driving force behind the melting of the glacier.
President Sadyr Japarov, whose supporters had previously staged protests outside the dig site, promised as part of his election platform that he would bring down “all officials involved in corrupt practices.”
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