The history of gold mining in the USSR in the years of the Great Patriotic War

DOI: 10.30686/1609-9192-2018-3-139-102-106

V.B. Kuznetsov

The behavior of gold output during the War years is analyzed on the basis of historical research and many other documents. The estimates are provided of the gold output as an instrument of payment for lend-lease supplies during the Second World War. The heroic labour of the USSR gold mining industry personnel, particularly workers of the Dalstroy system, is described. A preliminary analysis of the USSR – US international relations in the cold war early years and evaluation of the USSR gold holdings have been made in this context.

Key words: gold, war, heroism, Dalstroy, Glavzoloto, Kolyma, J. Stalin

Mining Industry Journal №3 (139) 2018, p.102