Malvina Tyurina, Explosives Storage Manager, Dvoinoye
Malvina’s strong desire to keep people safe stems from her courageous efforts after the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in 1986 at Chernobyl. Back then she risked her own life to help save hundreds of children after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Northern Ukraine exploded and released radioactive material into the atmosphere.
Knowing that she would risk exposure to the hazardous materials, Malvina still worked as part of a rescue team for 40 days to help save children after the accident. Malvina said that they would: “wash radiation dust off the children and put them on busses to the nearest hospital.”
Only six of the 22 other people Malvina worked with during the rescue efforts are still alive, as the others have passed away due to the extreme exposure to radiation.
After this life-changing event, Malvina went to Magadan and looked for a way to incorporate safety into her career. In 2003, Malvina attended the nearby Susuman Mining School and received a diploma in explosives management.
Since joining Kinross in 2012 as the Explosives Storage Manager, Malvina has found her calling and shares her dedication to safety every day. She ensures that explosives are used and stored in a safe way and creates daily tracking reports of what materials are at the site. Handling explosives is a tightly controlled and regulated industry which requires Malvina to submit detailed reports the Russian Ministry of Defense. Malvina has also created a new process for explosives management that allows Dvoinoye to have enough reserves at all times in the safest possible way possible.
Malvina has five children and two grandchildren, with one more on the way,
She is the definition of altruistic and it is easy to see why Malvina’s colleagues and nominators call her “extraordinary”.
Malvina with her family