“Attention, attention, attention, all leaders of the search groups and teams! Leningrad geologist Larisa Popugayeva discovered the first kimberlite pipe in the Soviet Union! Look for pyropes! Look for pyropes!” the central base of the diamond search expeditions sent a radiogram. A deposit of pyropes, i.e., garnets, discovered beneath the layer of turf, directed Larisa Antolievna Popugayeva to the location of the Zarnitsa pipe. That way, our country started mining diamonds.
On August 21, 1954, the country’s first kimberlite pipe was discovered