Russian Operatives Accused of Torturing, Pulling Gun on Miners in Guyana


July 27, 2018


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CGID calls for investigation of Russian operatives accused of torturing, pulling gun on local miners


The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) on Monday vigorously called on the Guyana government to investigate alleged torture, harassment, assault and abuse of Guyanese miners and workers by Russian nationals who own and operate West Bank Demerara Gold Inc – a Russian owned mining company in Guyana.

In a letter to President David Granger and the Ministers of Legal Affairs, National Security and Natural Resources, acting Police Commissioner, Mr. David Ramnarine, and Chairman of the Guyana Geology & Mines Commission (GGMC), Mr. Stanley Ming, the Institute’s President Burke asserted that the Russians allegedly committed torture and other crimes against humanity as well as other human rights abuses of Guyanese citizens, which the government must not condone.

On April 3, 2018, ranger Ken Edwards and Charles Clarke, employees of Hopkinson Mining Logistics, were executing their normal duties on their employers claim, in Quartzstone, near the Quartzstone River, Region 7, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, when they were intercepted by two expatriate, Russian operatives of West Bank Demerara Gold Inc. The Russians attempted to prohibit the Hopkinson workers from entering further on said land.

West Bank Demerara Gold Inc. a company, which acquired and now operates a mining concession known as Chunnylall Babullal & Ricky Ramnarine (CB&R) Concession. Hopkinson Mining Logistics ostensibly has mining claims within the CB&R concession that predates its acquisition by West Bank Demerara Gold Inc.

The Hopkinson security guard recorded the incident with his cellular phone. The video, which was released by CGID, is attached. The video recording shows a Russian operative who is known in the concession area as “Batali,” demanding documentation and challenging Edwards and Charles’ right to be on their employer’s claim. He subsequently attempted to block their access. “Batali” then punched Edwards in his face. When Edwards attempted to defend himself, Batali punched him a second time, then pulled a gun on the men.

CGID has also obtained additional evidence of a separate incident in which the said Russians allegedly handcuffed another mining worker and tied him onto the roof of a structure and tortured him. The worker was reportedly forced to urinate and defecate while hanging from the roof. These are very serious allegations. CGID calls on the entire nation to join in condemnation of these despicable atrocities. If substantiated by the Police, these acts constitute crimes against humanity that carry harsh criminal penalties under national and international law.

“Batali” allegedly displayed a Guyana Police Force supernumerary constable precept; an instrument that licenses security guards to carry a firearm. In light of the alleged reckless actions of the Russian operative, CGID is gravely concerned about the issuance and maintenance of a Guyana Police Force precept for “Mr. Batali” to bear arms.

CGID therefore calls on the Police Commissioner to launch a criminal investigation into the actions of the Russians guards, who should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if they are found to be criminally culpable.

With the establishment of the petroleum industry and an expansion of the mining sector, both of which will attract foreign companies that can potentially mistreat or abuse Guyanese workers, CGID calls on the government of Guyana to establish a human rights commission, with powers of a court, to address and adjudicate human rights violations.


Rickford Burke



  • Is this a next example of CBI gone wrong…
    Would advise Barbados to stay far away from the Russians…
    Perhaps the Russians will improve their game and be mere observers as they have locals do the nasty deeds.


  • How will countries like Guyana with resources develop same without inviting developed countries whose single objective is to exploit? These are reciprocal arrangements and coming with it will be the cultural traits of the empire whether the Chinese spitting in public and eating dog, Moslem building mosques or Whites…


  • Well stated Mr Blogmaster, this superpowers are making what I presume can be described as the ‘final’ phase of resource supremacy. These types of issues are always painful but seemingly inevitable as you suggest.

    The overpowering presence of China on the African continent taking the rare earth and other base minerals and in the process creating deep seated relationships which for years was the domain of those ‘whites’ you described is a challenge for those soblook like us.

    I somehow doubt that there will be an acceptable wave of Black faces in Shanghai or Beijing that will easily ingratiate themselves to the Chinese culture as these partnerships grow.

    And whats wrong with the Russians…after all the US President embraces their support unstintingly….fine those torturers, recompense the victims, get the idiots out of the country and get back to business.

    …. Or of course just deny everything like that US Pres and carry out smartly! A bad joke of an allegedly serious affair.

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  • We ain’t just learning as a people how to cooperate and jointly execute capital works among Caricom members. Our mendicant visionless politicians with their ballless and indifference will make us economic slaves in our own countries. China has lent over $93Billion yes $93 Billion over the last 10 years and Ethiopia is in ducks guts as well as Angola thanks to default.

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  • The Russians are known nasty, racist and world class criminals..they should never be invited into the Caribbean or into any Black Country, some groups you have to keep out permanently..


  • Remember the little Guyanese boys out shopping for his mother who was shot dead by a Chinese shop keeper who could not speak English? This is 2018, not 1818. Racialise your politics and pay the price.


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