Illegal mines profitable, but at massive cost to nation

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July 8, 2011, 12:42 a.m. | Business — by Kateryna Panova

Miners work at illegal mines in Donetsk Oblast under the cover of darkness using rudimentary equipment, such as bath tubs, and with limited safety apparatus.
© Alex Furman

Even before you leave the road leading out of this small town in Ukraine’s heavily industrialized Donetsk Oblast, the coal dust sparkling on the roadside hints that something untoward is going on behind the trees.
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