This year marks the 35th anniversary of the opening of the massive copper mine in Erdenet city. How big is it? Well, it’s the third largest copper mine in the world. The influence of the mine can be seen almost everywhere in the city: They have special buses specifically to shuttle workers from the city to the mine, most citizens of the city are in the employ of the mine, and you cannot look outside without seeing the towering flat top mountains the mine has created.
Russia played a large part in the construction of Erdenet, and as such, there is a large Russian population here. The ties between Russia and Mongolia run deep, despite some terrible events that have happened in Mongolia’s past. Nowhere is that more visible in the nation, possibly, than Erdenet. Murals of Marx and metal likenesses of Lenin decorate the outside of buildings. Russians oversee new construction projects in the city, and shops cater to Russian tastes.
With the celebration came improvements to the friendship memorial in our city. Upon first glance, it may not look like much has changed, but upon further inspection, a new coat of paint and mosaic decorate the once alabaster monument.
There were lots of cosmetic changes all across Mongolia this summer, and in Erdenet, it meant a much needed facelift for the symbol of Russian and Mongolian cooperation.