Coherent Identifier About this item: 20.500.12592/5fnk8r

Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Diamond Trade

1964

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Summary

A file of correspondence and press material concerning the Soviet diamond trade. The documents discuss the Soviet Union's decision to support an international boycott of trade with apartheid South Africa, resulting in the cancellation of a Soviet contract with De Beers, a South African diamond-mining firm. The documents also cover the start of a Soviet campaign to cut and polish diamonds mined in the Soviet Union; a series of sales of Soviet diamonds to British firms, with the British Diamond Corporation purchasing 320,000 carats of Soviet diamonds, worth around £2,490,000, during the first half of 1964; and the Soviet Union's total diamond exports in 1964, which reached 520,000 carats, worth around £3,795,000. Other documents comment on the British belief that most of the diamonds exported from the Soviet Union are "industrial diamonds", and that the Soviets are exporting a "diminishing quantity of gem stones".

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trade south africa united kingdom mining natural resources apartheid business exports industry international relations pipelines soviet union economics and trade Anglo-Soviet relations Soviet press Pravda Financial Times Izvestiya British press South African-Soviet relations strategic trade controls Industry and Agriculture

Collection ID
FO371
Copyright
Source: Unknown author, 1964, De Beers Buoyant Diamond Sales, Financial Times, 16 May. Used under licence from the Financial Times. All Rights Reserved.
Source: Unknown author, 1964, De Beers Buoyant Diamond Sales, Financial Times, 16 May. Used under licence from the Financial Times. All Rights Reserved.
Countries
South Africa
United Kingdom
Department Reference
File 1881
Document Type
Correspondence
Press and Media
File Reference
FO 371/177743
Identifier
10.1080/cwee.fo371.177743
Note
The following item has been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions:De Beers Consolidated Mines: Statement by the Chairman Mr. H.F.Oppenheimer, 1963.
Pages
46
Subject Countries
Soviet Union
Themes
Economics and Trade
Industry and Agriculture
International Relations

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