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date: 13 December 2019

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This chapter is an account of the Russian mining industry since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The focus is on the minerals feeding into the ferrous and nonferrous metal industries. The main companies and their owners are discussed, as is the basic strategies adopted by the sector, its successes and failures, and future outlook. Major issues include privatization (the sector is largely in private hands), vertical integration (metal producers buying up inputs), structure (little consolidation despite regular talk of it), state regulation, the status of Russian mineral reserves, and the incentive structures, funding, and capacity for mineral exploration and exploitation. Challenges for the future include the state’s expectations that inputs be made available domestically at “reasonable” prices, foreign investment in the sector, and maintaining what is a rich but problematic raw material base.

Keywords: mining, metals, privatization, oligarchs, mineral exploration, regulation, vertical integration, horizontal integration

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