Digging For A Mother Lode In Mother Russia

Under a larch-covered mountain slope in Russia's remote far east, 290 miles from the grim port city of Magadan, lies the Kubaka gold deposit, one of the country's richest. So rich, in fact, that one U.S. company, Cyprus Amax Minerals Co. of Englewood, Colo., is braving Russian winters, rough operating conditions, and the risks of a first-of-a-kind joint venture to get at it.

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