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Peru - The Curse of Inca Gold

 


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Synopsis of "The Curse of Inca Gold"

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MONTESINOS'S WEB
The high-stakes battle to control the world's richest gold mine.


ALL THAT GLITTERS
Gold's place and power in society

THE TOXIC SHIMMER OF GOLD
The environmental costs of gold mining

FACTS & STATS
Peru's rich history and natural resources

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From the Conquistadors to President Fujimori's reign

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Interviews and bios of the key players:

VLADIMIRO MONTESINOS

LARRY KURLANDER

ROBERT CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY

PATRICK MAUGEIN

ROQUE BENAVIDES

RONALD GAMARRA

PETER ROMERO

ANTOINE BLANCA


THE PLAYERS
Meet the players in the battle for the world's richest gold mine

THE DOCUMENTS
Text and scanned versions of documents relevant to the Yanacocha case

THE TIMELINE
The timeline of events in the the largest commercial dispute in Peruvian history

 
 

Players: Robert Champion de Crespigny

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Interviews and bios of the key players:
Montesinos Kurlander Blanca Romero Benavides Crespigny Maugein Gamarra

 

Robert Champion de Crespigny

Robert Champion de Crespigny is the former chairman and CEO of Normandy Mining Limited. It was Australia's largest gold producer until 2002, when it was taken over by Newmont Mining Corporation. Crespigny and Newmont became bitter rivals in the long-running dispute over the ownership of Yanacocha Mine.

The powerful mining magnate was involved in the dispute over Yanacocha's ownership from its inception. In 1994, Crespigny's company, Normandy, made a successful bid to partner with French government-owned Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), which was restructuring its worldwide mining assets, including the mine at Yanacocha.

In 1996, Crespigny recruited well-connected French businessman Patrick Maugein to help stop Newmont and its Peruvian partner from taking possession of the French share of the Yanacocha mine. Crespigny told FRONTLINE/World, "We met in Paris through a mutual friend." Crespigny said he and Maugein became friends, and Maugein helped set up a meeting between Crespigny and President Jacques Chirac. "He obviously had and has extensive connections in France," said Crespigny.

 

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