Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

• A gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

How much is a gram of gold? Today it is 2300 rubles. But the price is not always determined by money.

Prioksky Nonferrous Metals Plant - a strategic enterprise of Russia and the place where it is one of the most violent criminal wars in Russia in recent decades, it is a war for the yellow metal.

We go on a tour.

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

In the Ancient Rus of his "home" gold was not: through the land on which develops the Russian principalities were not gold-bearing province. All luxury products made in the workshops of Novgorod, Vladimir and Moscow consisted of imported metal.

Production of gold bullion, Prioksky Nonferrous Metals Plant, 14 February 2017. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

In the late 80-ies of XX century, the USSR had lost almost all of its gold reserves. Way out was found - the export of gold has been increased. In 1989, the government headed by Nikolai Ryzhkov decides - in the small town of Kasimov gold recovery plant should be built, which was called "Prioksky Nonferrous Metals Plant". This event has literally changed the life of a quiet provincial town.

Production of gold bullion, Prioksky Nonferrous Metals Plant, 14 February 2017. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

In 1992, people began to disappear in Kasimov. Some of them are in the surrounding woods with signs of torture, such that they are not always able to identify. Locals there was talk even then, that all this is due to the gold recovery plant. However, the police did not immediately understand it. The peculiarity of these murders and disappearances was that the victims were people of completely different segments of the population - from successful businessmen to ordinary workers and military personnel. Due to the emergency situation in Kasimov was decided to conduct an audit at the plant, but the loss of the gold of the facts have been identified. Even if the theft from the factory and were, at that time it was not clear how the gold took seriously protected through the checkpoint.

Gold beads, of which smelted ingots. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

The situation was aggravated in Kasimov. In the city there were representatives of a number of Moscow Ryazan gangs. Murders followed one another. On the black market the Baltic states, Moldova and Turkey, there was a massive influx of Russian gold.

(Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

A factory workers built themselves luxury cottages, bought an expensive car. In Kasimov casino games went on staggering amounts cleaner than in the legendary Moscow casinos.

Gold or silver bullion - the standard form of a certain weight and quality. The term "ingot" means that the precious metal has a high-quality benchmark. Currently, in most cases, have to deal with bars having sample 0 995 or 0 9995, and higher. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

As a result unprecedented in the recent history of Russian operations have been arrested more than 100 workers and factory employees. He has been arrested more than 50 officers, warrant officers and contract. All steeped in the theft.

Marking gold bullion, Prioksky Nonferrous Metals Plant, 14 February 2017. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

The methods of stealing from the factory were very different: carried in pails of paint, a pea jacket, turned off the alarm and passed through the checkpoint, firing chunks of gold from a slingshot from the territory of the plant and many others. There was even created a unique schema that during melting could steal as much gold as in the process adds unnecessary copper. Marking gold bullion. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

The investigators were shocked scope of activity of gold "pilferers". Record of stealing gold put Major Sergei Marchenko, a time managed to bring under his pea coat about 30 kilograms of pure gold, which carried several kilometers.

PA - number (code) of the ingot, year of manufacture, weight in grams, the mass fraction of gold - 99.99%. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

specialty of way gold division was chopping it into pieces with an ax. Shocked investigators and artless testimony of another of the workers of the plant - without finding a buyer for five kilograms of silver stolen from the factory, he ruthlessly drowned them in Oka.

Chemical Laboratory at Priokskiy Metals Plant, 14 February 2017. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

The scope of the hearing has no analogues in the Russian history. More than 120 people were convicted by an ordinary court, even 54 - a military tribunal.

1.5-kilogram bar of palladium. Gram of the metal is more expensive than gold, today it is 1466 rubles. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals

The victims of the criminal war began more than 50 people. After the trial, in January 1997 the plant did not reveal any stolen gold. True, it is unknown how much you can believe it.

(Photo by Sergei Karpukhin | Reuters):

Gram of gold: an excursion to the factory of nonferrous metals