Earlier this year, following decades of public protest, the new Kyrgyz government seized operational control of the Kumtor gold mine from its Canadian partner, Centerra Gold, saying it had concerns about safety and the environment.
The Canadian owners said the environmental concerns were a pretext for nationalisation.
Glaciers near the Kumtor site are at the heart of the environmental concerns.
Al Jazeera has been given unprecedented access to the mine.
Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reports from Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk Kul region.
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