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Fighting for Gold in Kyrgyzstan - 03 Apr 2013
Images from the Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains near the Chinese border. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world.

In an impoverished young nation with a habit of overthrowing its rulers, the future now balances on a mountain of gold at the top
of the world, where the air is so thin collapsing visitors may be rushed to a pressure chamber for oxygen. After two revolutions in eight years, nationalists in Kyrgyzstan are threatening to return to the streets to topple another government unless it expropriates the Kumtor goldmine, a treasure they say was sold off too cheaply to foreigners.
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April 03, 2013
Dump trucks are seen through a windshield of another vehicle at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Dump trucks are seen at Kumtor open pit gold mine in Tien Shan mountains
Dump trucks are seen through a windshield of another vehicle at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Dump trucks drive along a road at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Dump truck drives along road at Kumtor open pit gold mine in Tien Shan mountains
Dump trucks drive along a road at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Excavators load dump trucks at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Excavators load dump trucks at Kumtor open pit gold mine in Tien Shan mountains
Excavators load dump trucks at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
A dump truck drives past a worker at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
A dump truck drives past a worker at Kumtor open pit gold mine in Tien Shan mountains
A dump truck drives past a worker at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. Picture taken March 14. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Dump trucks drive along a road at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Dump truck drives along road at Kumtor open pit gold mine in Tien Shan mountains
Dump trucks drive along a road at Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
A worker stands next to a conveyer belt carrying gold ore in Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Worker stands next to a conveyer belt carrying gold ore in Kumtor mine extraction factory in Tien Shan...
A worker stands next to a conveyer belt carrying gold ore in Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Workers wearing heatproof overalls pour molten gold from a crucible into moulds in a workshop at Kumtor...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Workers pour molten gold from crucible into moulds at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in Tien Shan...
Workers wearing heatproof overalls pour molten gold from a crucible into moulds in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Workers wearing heatproof overalls pour molten gold from a crucible into moulds in a workshop at Kumtor...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Workers pour molten gold from crucible into moulds at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in Tien Shan...
Workers wearing heatproof overalls pour molten gold from a crucible into moulds in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
A worker wearing heatproof overalls carries a mould with molten gold alloy in a workshop at Kumtor gold...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Worker wearing heatproof overalls carries a mould with molten gold alloy at Kumtor gold mine extraction...
A worker wearing heatproof overalls carries a mould with molten gold alloy in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Workers wearing heatproof overalls carry a gold alloy bars in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Workers wearing heatproof overalls carry a gold alloy bars at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in...
Workers wearing heatproof overalls carry a gold alloy bars in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Moulds with hot molten gold alloy are seen in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
Moulds with hot molten gold alloy are seen at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in Tien Shan mountains...
Moulds with hot molten gold alloy are seen in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
A worker cleans poured gold alloy bars in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
A worker cleans poured gold alloy bars at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in Tien Shan mountains
A worker cleans poured gold alloy bars in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
A worker holds a polished gold alloy bar in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
A worker holds a polished gold alloy bar at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in Tien Shan mountains...
A worker holds a polished gold alloy bar in a workshop at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
An operator works in a control room at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains,...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
An operator works in a control room at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in Tien Shan mountains
An operator works in a control room at Kumtor gold mine extraction factory in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border, March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES)
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April 03, 2013
Michael Fisher, President of Kumtor Operating Company (KOC) listens to questions during an interview...
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Fisher President of Kumtor Operating Company listens during interview in Bishkek
Michael Fisher, President of Kumtor Operating Company (KOC) listens to questions during an interview with Reuters in Bishkek March 11, 2013. KOC employs around 3,400 full-time and contract workers and Kumtor mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of Bishkek near the Chinese border, is the largest gold mine run by a Western company in the former Soviet Union. The stable work of KOC is vital for Kyrgzystan's entire economy. The venture accounted for 5.5 percent of gross domestic product and 18.9 percent of industrial output in 2012, official data show. Picture taken March 11. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN)
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April 03, 2013
A general view of Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles)...
Kumtor, Kyrgyzstan
A general view of Kumtor open pit gold mine in Tien Shan mountains
A general view of Kumtor open pit gold mine in the Tien Shan mountains, some 350 kilometres (218 miles) southeast of the capital Bishkek near the Chinese border March 14, 2013. Kumtor - which means Sand Peak in the Turkic national tongue is located at more than 4,000 m (12,000 ft) above sea level and is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world. TO GO WITH STORY KYRGYZSTAN-GOLD/ Picture taken March 14. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENVIRONMENT)
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