High River Gold Mines Ltd.

High River Gold Mines Ltd.

March 25, 2009 17:00 ET

High River Gold Decides Not to Complete Acquisition of Chaya Nickel Project

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2009) - High River Gold Mines Ltd. ("High River" or the "Company")(TSX:HRG) would like to report that its 85%-owned Russian subsidiary, OJSC Buryatzoloto ("Buryatzoloto"), has decided not to complete the acquisition of the Chaya Nickel Deposit, previously announced in a press release dated February 22, 2008. An initial payment of approximately US $4.15 million made in February 2008, which represents all acquisition costs incurred to-date, has been written off as at the 2008 year end. The second and final payment due on the acquisition, of approximately US $5 million, will not be made and no further costs associated with this project will be incurred. The Federal Mining Agency of Russia has confirmed Buryatzoloto's request to annul the auction results.

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High River is a gold company with interests in producing mines, mines under development, and advanced exploration projects in Burkina Faso and Russia.


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  • High River Gold Mines Ltd.
    Dan Hrushewsky
    Vice President Investor Relations
    (416) 947-1440
    (416) 360-0010 (FAX)