BISHKEK (Reuters) – Unidentified persons have shut down the operation of Jerooy, the second largest gold deposit in Kyrgyzstan, which is being developed by the Alliance Altyn company of the Russian Platinum group of companies, Alliance Altyn reported on Tuesday.
“The work has been suspended due to the unauthorized entry of unknown persons into the mine territory. More than 50 people arrived in cars. We were forced to suspend work for security reasons,” said Kasiet Cholokova, the company's press secretary.
The incident took place in the morning of Tuesday, after nighttime riots in the country after the parliamentary elections.
Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov on Tuesday morning issued a statement on the political situation in the country after nighttime riots in the capital, urging the leaders of political parties to reassure their supporters seeking to cancel the voting results.
The Jerui deposit, discovered by Soviet geologists in 1968-1969, contains more than 97 tons of gold and 13 tons of silver, but not a single gram of the precious metal has yet been mined at the deposit. At present, the deposit is undergoing commissioning at a gold recovery plant.
Jerui is located in the mountains at an altitude of 3,200-3,700 meters above sea level, 60 kilometers west of the regional city of Talas and 187 kilometers south of the Kazakh city of Taraz.
(Olga Dzyubenko, text by Maria Gordeeva. Edited by Anastasia Teterevleva)