Support The Moscow Times!

Four Dead in Norilsk Nickel Mine Explosion

Emergency Service Ministry

At least four people have been killed after an explosion at a Norilsk Nickel mine in northern Russia, the company said in a statement Friday.

Several employees sustained injuries after the accident on Friday morning, the company said, adding that the mine had been evacuated and first aid administered.

“We are carrying out the necessary rescue operations and investigating the cause of the accident,” Sergey Gradyushko, the deputy director of health and safety of the company’s Polar Division, said. “The victims received the necessary assistance.”

The explosion occurred at 10 a.m. local time at the Zapolyarny mine outside Norilsk and was suspected to be the result of a build-up of methane gas, the company said in its statement.

Norilsk Nickel is the world’s largest nickel producer. According to the Financial Times, its Zapolyarny mine accounted for 0.7 percent of the company’s total nickel production last year and 2 percent of its copper production.

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.

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.