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Blast-hit Siberian coal mine goes on sale

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The owners of the Russian Western Siberian Raspadskaya coal mine, hit by a deadly blast in 2010, are considering putting it up for sale, sources close to the deal said on Wednesday.

The owners of the Russian Western Siberian Raspadskaya coal mine, hit by a deadly blast in 2010, are considering putting it up for sale, sources close to the deal said on Wednesday.

Raspadskaya, one of Russia's largest coalmines, was hit by two consecutive methane blasts in May 2010, the second taking the lives of rescue workers sent in after the initial explosion.

So far, a total of 79 bodies have been discovered, while 12 others still remain missing.

In February, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley addressed the coal mine's management with a purchase bid.

The source close to the bank said the price of the deal has yet to be outlined. The shares to go on sale are estimated at about $5.9 billion.

MOSCOW, March 9 (RIA Novosti) 

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