Support The Moscow Times!

No Music in This Elevator, Just Possible Gems

A Krasnoyarsk resident made an unusual find in the elevator of her apartment building this week: a bag of 476 stones that look like diamonds.

The woman took the stones home after finding them Sunday, then showed them to a jeweler acquaintance, who judged them to be diamonds, Interfax reported.

On Thursday, she handed them over to Krasnoyarsk police live on local television station TVK, news site NGS Krasnoyarsk reported.

On the TVK program, a geological expert deemed the tiny stones, each around 1.8 millimeters in diameter, to be worth a total of about 100,000 rubles ($3,405).

Police spokesman Denis Golovikin told Interfax that it is not yet clear whether the stones are in fact diamonds. He said experts are examining the stones to figure out what they are.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.