ALROSA Names 136.24 Carat Diamond After Russian Judo Coach, Putin's "Second Father"

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13/09/2016 12:18

Russia’s ALROSA, the world's top diamond producer by output in carats, last August recovered a 136.24-carat rough diamond from its Nyurbinskaya pipe, a known source of big rocks. The gem-quality rough diamond, a 3 Black Makeable 1 color and one of the largest diamonds recovered in the history of Nyurbinskaya pipe, went unnamed until now: it will henceforth be called Anatoly Rakhlin. Rough-Polished reports that a charity auction in support of endangered and rare species of animals in the Far East was held in the framework of the Second Eastern Economic Forum, including a lot giving the winner the right to name the stone. Vice President of ALROSA Rinat Gizatulin happened to win this lot, and named the diamond after the famous Russian judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin - who trained Vladimir Putin or 15 years, beginning when the future KGB colonel and Russian leader was 13, and was said to be like his 'second father'.

According to Rough-Polished, Gizatulin, who named the diamond, said that Andrey Zharkov, President of ALROSA, had approved the naming of a large diamond after the Soviet and Russian coach. "Anatoly Solomonovich Rakhlin (born May 23, 1938 in Leningrad and died on August 7, 2013 in St. Petersburg) was a Soviet and Russian judo coach awarded the titles of the Honored Worker of Physical Culture of the Russian Federation, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation and Vice President of the Judo Federation. He was a survivor of the Siege of Leningrad by the army of Nazy Germany. During his 50 years of coaching, Anatoly Rakhlin prepared more than 100 masters of sport in judo.

Vice-President of ALROSA Rinat Gizatulin: "Diamond is as hard as the spirit of our athletes and wrestlers, who are honorably defending the leading positions of Russia on the world's largest rings. Proceeding from the results of the auction in Vladivostok, it was decided to name the unique precious stone after Anatoly Rakhlin to keep the memory of the honored coach of Russia, who brought up a lot of people with strong spirit, whose strength is identical to the unique properties of Russian diamonds."