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Approved For Release 2008/06/24: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006200230002-9 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT COUNTRY USSR (Magadan Oblast) This Document contains information affecting the Na- tional Defense of the United States, within the mean- ing of Title 18, Sections 793 and 794, of the U.S. Code, as amended. Its transmission or revelation of its contents to or receipt by an unauthorized person is prohibited 25X1 by law. The reproduction of this form is prohibited. Cassiterite Mine and Concentration Plant near Butugychak REPORT DATE DISTR. NO. OF PAGES REQUIREMENT REFERENCES THE SOURCE EVALUATIONS IN THIS REPORT ARE DEFINITIVE. THE APPRAISAL OF CONTENT IS TENTATIVE. (FOR, KEY SEE REVERSE) .17 March.19 25X1 1. The cassiterite_mine near Butugychak (N. 61-19, E 149-11) was very primiti the tunnels were zont 25X1 go to the hill. The only equipment used was pressure drills, used to break off the rock. The ore was loaded by shovel into mine oars, and these were pushed toward the exit. 2. Some 40 prisoners worked on a dump for low-grade ore. The workers had to 25X1 p.ok out the, better. looking pieces and break them up. with hammrs. They also had a small ore washing pan (latka) which had a ribbed section on one side. The norm for the workers at the dump was 2'5 kg,of concentrate per ten-hour shift. They could seldom fill this norm without stealing some higher-grade ore intended for the factory. . 3. At the foot of a hill, about 500 m away from Camp Gornyak (sic), there was a small concentration plant equipped with two small ball mills (sharovaya.melnitsa). Each mill yielded 80 kg of oassiterite concentrate per ten-hour shift; they were operated day and night. The lettering on the machines-was not in Cyrillic. They consisted ofa rotating cylinder which turned at the rate of 16 rpm; a 50-kw motor turned the mills. Water and steel balls were add -to the are. When the ore came out of the mill, it passed .over a shaking table from which water and sand ran off while the concentrate gathered at one corner. 4. The concentrate was gathered in canvas bags.. each wei hl ing 50 ke_ and loaded onto truckso There was, no on the bags. I 25X11 once or 'twice a week e.were loaded 25X1 STATE ARMY X NAVY X AIR r"AEC (Note:", Washington ;itribution Indicated By "X"; Field Distribution ".By 25X1 Approved For Release 2008/06/24: CIA-RDP80-0081OA006200230002-9 Approved For Release 2008/06/24: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006200230002-9 C-0-N-F-I-D-E-N-T-I-A-L onto three-ton ZIS trucks and taken to Magadan. 5. Until 1951, women had been working in this oaseiterite mine and factory. They were transferred, to Vakhanka and Karmen, about five, km from.Matrosova , where there was a larger factory and where the better-grade ore was sent (sic). 6. The head of Mine No. 3 at Butuorahak was Engineer Grvzov (fnn No. 2 was Ivanoy fnu) 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2008/06/24: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006200230002-9