Diamonds in the Rough-ssia Have you ever wondered what its like to live in Russia? If you have played Fallout 3, you probably already have a pretty good idea. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, things went from bad to worse. But it seems like Russia has been hiding something for 40 some years. For years now, under the Soviet government, russians have been building classified facilities to start mining and exporting goods from the great beyond. Recently Russia has admitted to having over 1 trillion carats worth of diamonds hidden away in a 62 mile wide crater. "Diamonds you say? Like diamonds that go on rings?" Not exactly. These were formed differently from the rocks used to persuade someone to spend the rest of your life with. The carbon Russia has been hiding for so long are called "impact diamonds". Siberia is covered with natural graphite deposits. When a flaming rock from space careened into the surface of the earth, the graphite instantly became super hard diamonds, twice as strong as average beauty shiners. Why the hush hush? Russia has been secretly gearing up for this move for quite some time, especially because of the mining operation in Mirny, Yakutia. Insane in the membrane. Source(s) io9 Gizmodo Sorry @[member='Gahars'] I thought i would take this one. Not only do i find things about the USSR, rocks, and space interesting, but also my last name, Bortz, actually means "industrial strength diamond".