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Inside Montenegro's Embattled Aluminum Factory

The Podgorica Aluminum Plant (KAP), once an industrial giant in Montenegro, now resembles a ghost town, its workforce cut to one-fifth of its former strength. The plant is at the center of a dispute between the Montenegrin government and KAP's Russian shareholder, which is owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The Russian shareholder is now suing the Montenegrin government over lost profits from the failing plant.

Electrolysis cells in the Podgorica Aluminum Plant, or Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica (KAP)
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Electrolysis cells in the Podgorica Aluminum Plant, or Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica (KAP)

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An employee works with the active electrolysis cells.
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An employee works with the active electrolysis cells.

Aluminum sprays through an opening in the crust of active electrolysis cells.
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Aluminum sprays through an opening in the crust of active electrolysis cells.

An employee supervises the flow of melted aluminum at the foundry.
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An employee supervises the flow of melted aluminum at the foundry.

An employee inspects the purity of smelted aluminum.
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An employee inspects the purity of smelted aluminum.

Workers take a break outside the foundry.
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Workers take a break outside the foundry.

A plaque reads: "Second phase, aluminium factory, Titograd [the former name of Podgorica], work started 19.12.1976."
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A plaque reads: "Second phase, aluminium factory, Titograd [the former name of Podgorica], work started 19.12.1976."

A crane operator moves ingots in the foundry.
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A crane operator moves ingots in the foundry.

A truck driver waits for products to be loaded.
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A truck driver waits for products to be loaded.

An employee takes a nap in a closed-down hall.
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An employee takes a nap in a closed-down hall.

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