How Russia lost 120 tons of gold in Nagorno-Karabakh


As you know, victory has many parents, but defeat is always an orphan. Two months after the end of the 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh, many people are trying to find answers to the question of why Armenia lost it miserably. And one "miracle weapon" in the person of Turkish-Israeli UAVs cannot explain this.


Undoubtedly, the attack drones made a significant contribution to the victory of the Azerbaijani army, destroying Armenian armored vehicles, missile and artillery positions, and command personnel. However, this factor alone cannot explain the defeat of Yerevan and Stepanakert.

At first, it is unclear why the military intelligence looked aside, despite the fact that the first exacerbations on the border began in the summer of 2020, and the Armenian top leadership was so sure that there would be no war?

Secondlywhy didn't Armenia, despite the disastrous situation at the front, carry out a full-fledged mobilization, and the most trained and efficient units remained in the rear until the signing of the act of surrender (armistice)? Why did the highest command personnel demonstrate helplessness, not transferring timely reinforcements to the collapsed Southern Front from the Northern? Why did not Shusha become a key city for the defense of the Nagorno-Karabakh capital Stepanakert?

Thirdly, why didn't Yerevan worry in advance about the means of countering attack UAVs, which had already shown their effectiveness in Syria and Libya? The fact that Baku was buying them from Turkey and Israel was not a big military secret.

There are still a lot of unpleasant questions, over which unpleasant answers suggest themselves. The first explanation is the simplest and most on the surface: there is a blatant incompetence of Nikol Pashinyan's team, which came to power through the “street”. A weak leader who rested on the laurels of his ancestors could easily lead his country to military defeat and humiliating surrender. If so, the Armenian people must draw their own organizational conclusions.

The second explanation lies in the area of ​​conspiracy theories. According to this theory, Prime Minister Pashinyan, as a politician with a pro-Western orientation, the so-called "little weed", could deliberately "drain" Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan. Despite the seeming absurdity of such an assumption, it has quite realistic grounds. The defeat of Stepanakert literally knocked the ground out from under the feet of the so-called "Karabakh clan", an extremely influential force in Armenia, where политическая fight. In addition, a solution to the Karabakh issue in favor of Azerbaijan would help improve Yerevan's relations with the West. Nikol Pashinyan was not able to voluntarily surrender the unrecognized republic, but its loss as a result of a military defeat is another matter. True, he very seriously lost his popularity, but he is still in power.

If, we emphasize, if this is true, then Prime Minister Pashinyan shot himself in both feet at once. As a result of the defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia will receive a serious blow to its the economy, since now control over the region's largest gold ore Sotk deposit will go to Azerbaijan. The reserves of the precious metal in it are estimated at 120 tons, 24% of its territory belongs to Armenia, the remaining 76% to Azerbaijan. The ore is processed at the Ararat gold recovery factory. Delivery is carried out by the South Caucasian railway, giving up to 55% of its load. Following the war in 1993, the Kelbajar region of Azerbaijan, where the field is located, came under the control of the Armenians.

Everything changed after November 9, 2020. Already on November 25, the Azerbaijani military entered the territory of the mine and politely asked its workers to leave the territory, on the 27th they were forced to leave it. This company, GeoProMining, by the way, is Russian, it is 98,51% owned by the entrepreneur Roman Trotsenko, one of Igor Sechin's associates. The importance of GeoProMining's work in Nagorno-Karabakh is difficult to overestimate, since it was the fourth largest taxpayer in the country.

Now, apparently, another company will take its place. Let us recall that the contract for the development of the field, over which Baku actually did not have control, was signed in advance in 1997 with RV Investment Group Services LLS. It is 51% owned by the Azerbaijani side and 49% by the American side. Now another mining company, Anglo Asian Mining, has made claims for the Karabakh gold. Interestingly, its top manager (Non-Executive Director) and co-owner is John Sununu, a prominent member of the US Democratic Party, who at one time was the governor of New Hampshire and the head of the White House under George W. Bush.

An interesting coincidence, isn't it? But this sometimes happens when pro-Western politicians come to power in the post-Soviet space.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 11 January 2021 14: 44
    +1
    The Americans also merged Nagorno-Karabakh. Their largest embassy also advised the Armenians how to lose these lands. But the Armenians do not draw conclusions from this.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 11 January 2021 14: 56
      0
      All these colored revolutions children believed in the rosy promises of democracy from the United States ... Only to promise one thing, and "marry" another, that's all get the natural consequences of anti-Russian policy in the American way ...
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 11 January 2021 15: 08
    -1
    Some kind of garbage.
    There was also a bunch of articles that everything is natural, it should be so.
    1) this is a victory for Russia.
    2) Putin's victory - He punished by someone else's hands for the "Maidan" - that they did not let the president / prime minister for life sit down.
    3) Victory of the RF Armed Forces - part of the Armenian forces (aviation, military) could not turn around at all.
    4) Stocks of precious metal in it are estimated at 120 tons, ..... Delivery is carried out by the South Caucasian railway, giving up to 55% of its load. ... - the numbers are awkward. 120 tons - half the load of the whole railway?
    5) What kind of claim is that? unclear in any way from the article. Baku mined gold fry, now everything will be. all 120 tons.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 12 January 2021 08: 21
      +3
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      The precious metal reserves in it are estimated at 120 tons, ..... Delivery is carried out by the South Caucasian railway, giving up to 55% of its load. ... - the numbers are awkward. 120 tons - half the load of the whole railway?

      Do you really think that pure gold comes from the mine to the gold plant? smile And why is a factory needed then? Ore comes in, which is then processed. And 120 tons is the total stock.
      We just would have thought well before scribbling an absurd comment.

      What kind of claim is that? unclear in any way from the article. Baku mined gold fry, now everything will be. all 120 tons.

      It’s bad that it’s unclear, but it should have been. Once again, on the fingers: the Russian company was mining, and now the Azerbaijani-American company will mine. That's all.

      Some kind of garbage.
      There was also a bunch of articles that everything is natural, it should be so.
      1) this is a victory for Russia.
      2) Putin's victory - He punished by someone else's hands for the "Maidan" - that they did not let the president / prime minister for life sit down.
      3) Victory of the RF Armed Forces - part of the Armenian forces (aviation, military) could not turn around at all.

      Whoever thinks and writes so is their own business. I think a little differently and am not going to make excuses for others.
  3. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 11 January 2021 15: 09
    +2
    Article lovely!

    businessman Roman Trotsenko, one of Igor Sechin's associates

    Does anyone know what they mean?
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 12 January 2021 08: 18
      0
      Quote: Petr Vladimirovich
      Does anyone know what they mean?

      Business partner, associate. In general, there is Google, which knows everything.
      1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 12 January 2021 10: 54
        +3
        associate
        m. One who, together with someone else, participates in any important, difficult matter; companion.

        The Comprehensive Modern Explanatory Dictionary of the Russian Language
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 11 January 2021 17: 42
    +1
    This company, GeoProMining, by the way, is Russian, it is 98,51% owned by the entrepreneur Roman Trotsenko

    Is it possible now? To take away Russian property like that? This is my question for the fans. When the union collapsed in the Baltic States, all property was returned to the owners. And in Crimea, no one took away the Ukrainian property, and if they did, they compensated for the market value. And now it turns out "gop-stop". I say: "Putin is a worthless president!"
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 11 January 2021 19: 36
      +1
      Question. What kind of property was taken away from Russia?
      1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 12 January 2021 11: 02
        +1
        Nobody took anything away. Even if the owner of the gold mine is a Russian citizen, the company is most likely offshore. smile
        1. Bakht Offline Bakht
          Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 12 January 2021 11: 30
          0
          The essence of the matter is that a Russian (or offshore) company has been illegally working for a number of years at a field that belonged to Azerbaijan, but was seized by Armenia. The territory of the Kelbajar region belongs to Azerbaijan - this is also recognized by the head of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Now the Russian company has been politely asked to leave the field.
          The Zod deposit is located partly in Armenia and most of it in Azerbaijan. In Soviet times, this did not matter much, since the borders were conditional. It was easier to transport the ore to the enrichment plant in Armenia, therefore, the development was carried out from the Armenian side. Now the situation is completely different.
          So no property was taken from the Russian company. But they are not allowed to work on the territory of Azerbaijan. And the title of the article is incorrect and the comment is not true

          https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Зодское_золоторудное_месторождение
          1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 12 January 2021 11: 37
            0
            Well, what am I talking about? A private firm "operates" in a third country. What has the RF to do with it?
          2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
            steelmaker 12 January 2021 14: 56
            +2
            In your opinion, if the owner is the United States, Germany, etc., but is located in Russia, we can also ask them at any time to give this property? And what about the Baltics, which destroyed Russian property, to compensate for the loss? However, you freely interpret property rights!
            1. Bakht Offline Bakht
              Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 12 January 2021 16: 42
              +4
              You are confusing ownership in this particular case.
              The subsoil does not belong to the company, but to the people. A foreign company ILLEGAL, without the permission of Azerbaijan, carried out gold mining in the Azerbaijani territory temporarily occupied by Armenia. Strictly speaking, Azerbaijan also has full legal right to demand compensation from this company for illegal extraction and development of the field.
              The company was not seized of its property, but was prohibited from developing it without an appropriate agreement with the owner of this very field. No property was taken from the company. For example, illegal fishing in the Russian economic zone is subject to a fine and confiscation of fishing gear.
              In Russian there is a word that accurately defines the activities of this company. The buyer of stolen goods is a huckster.
              1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
                steelmaker 12 January 2021 19: 34
                +1
                Well, if it's not legal, let him go to court. And without trial it is "gop-stop"!
  5. Yuri Bryanskiy Offline Yuri Bryanskiy
    Yuri Bryanskiy (Yuri Bryansky) 11 January 2021 21: 50
    +2
    Soros must understand that there are other forces. We must respect Russia.
  6. Restless Sagittarius (Vladimir) 12 January 2021 20: 55
    +2
    1) Nagorno-Karabakh was missed by Armenia, not the Russian Federation.
    2) A Russian company can be called a state enterprise, and not a private shop owned by an ethnic Ukrainian.
  7. marciz Offline marciz
    marciz (Stas) 13 January 2021 04: 39
    -1
    Sho you are crying here you still would not get this gold)))))
  8. pslpetrov Offline pslpetrov
    pslpetrov (sergei petrov) 13 January 2021 14: 04
    0
    why should we worry about Mr. Trotsenko's profits?
  9. stepet Offline stepet
    stepet 27 January 2021 12: 14
    -6
    Two months after the end of the 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh, many people are trying to find answers to the question of why Armenia lost it miserably.

    Azerbaijan bought normal weapons in the West and trained its officer corps there.
    Armenia cheaply "armed" with Russian ersatz and "trained" its officers in the Russian Federation.
    The difference in results is very clear.