Two large gem-quality diamonds were mined at the deposits of the Arkhangelsk region, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the regional administration. One diamond was found at the V. Grib deposit in the Mezensky region and the second, at the Lomonosov field in the Primorsky region.
It is noted that the Arkhangelsk region is the only diamond mining entity in the European part of the Russian Federation, one of the three regions where diamond deposits have been discovered, and ranks second in their production in the country after the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In total, in 2020 at the V. Grib deposit were mined 7 unique diamonds, each weighing more than 50 carats.
It is also specified that the V. Grib deposit in the Mezensky region is one of the largest in the world, ranking fourth in terms of reserves in Russia and seventh in the world. The tax on diamond mining paid by diamond mining enterprises to the regional budget in 2020 amounted to more than two billion rubles. The companies also support social and charitable projects in the Arkhangelsk region, especially in the regions where they operate.