Varvara Dmitrieva: The jewelry industry of Yakutia is distinguished by its creativity, unique cultural code and conservation of traditions

Varvara Dmitrieva, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Precious Stones and Metals Processing Technologies of the North-Eastern Federal University, told Rough&Polished about the results of the Forum of jewelry Craftsmanship and the prospects...

16 april 2024

Valery Budny: There is no strategy and legislation in Russia enabling the full cycle processing of precious raw materials within the country

Valery Budny, Head of the Jewelry Russia program and CEO of the JUNWEX media holding, told Rough&Polished about the results of the meeting and pressing issues in the precious metals and precious stones (PMPS) and the jewelry sectors.

11 april 2024

Paul Zimnisky: Natural diamonds face the risk of eroding their appeal if constantly discounted

New York-based independent diamond and jewellery analyst and consultant Paul Zimnisky told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview that the industry should do away with discounts. He said the industry should treat natural diamonds...

01 april 2024

Edahn Golan: Lab-grown diamond prices to continue declining

In an exclusive interview with Rough&Polished's Mathew Nyaungwa, Edahn Golan, proprietor of the eponymous Edahn Golan Diamond Research and Data, predicted that the prices of lab-grown diamonds would continue to decline, especially at the retail and...

25 march 2024

ADPA’s Ellah Muchemwa: G7 restrictions to bring extra costs from diamond mining to retail

The African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), which has openly registered its disdain for the G7’s rough diamond trade restrictions, is of the opinion that the move will bring extra costs on all stages, from mining to retail. ADPA executive...

18 march 2024

Speculation about a new pandemic due to thawing of permafrost in Russia unfounded - scientist

02 february 2024

Speculation about a possibility of a new pandemic due to the release of viruses in the permafrost zone in Siberia are unfounded, and the probability of a new global virus is much higher to arise from viruses that circulate among animals, TASS quoted an Epidemiology institute representative as saying.

The Guardian cited a study by European scientists who reported that large-scale mining operations in the permafrost zone in Siberia will lead to the release of a huge number of pathogenic microorganisms.

"Permafrost exists not only in Russia, [but also] for example, in Denmark on the island of Greenland, or in the United States on the Alaska peninsula, but these scientists are talking about Siberia and its development projects. From a political point of view, there is currently a contest for the Arctic shelf and the Northern Sea Route. Therefore, as part of this struggle, they [Western nations] come up with all sorts of stories in order to take control of something and limit someone. I see this as just an attempt to influence the internal affairs of our country," said Vladimir Dedkov, Deputy Director for Scientific Work of the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

According to him, humanity might as well encounter unknown viruses or microbes by cutting down forests in Amazon regions never explored before, and in all other places where no human has set foot.

Dedkov also noted that distant ancestors of humans, most likely, have already encountered viruses that may be present in the permafrost and have undergone a natural selection to survive these viruses. "Therefore, our immune system is very likely ready for this," he said.

"Rospotrebnadzor, for its part, is also working on biosafety issues in the Arctic zone. We are constantly monitoring the conditions there. There is no real threat to the Russian population, all this is under control and is being monitored," Dedkov assured.

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished