INSIGHT-Russia's leading role in the Indonesian mining revolution
* Rusal, Norilsk push Jakarta to stick to ore export ban
* Russian giants aided by support for nickel prices
* Ban alarms Japan and China, big buyers of nickel, bauxite
* U.S. firms Newmont and Freeport hurt by new rules
* Russia considers Indonesia smelter, rail investment
By Randy Fabi and Fergus Jensen
JAKARTA, March 24 (Reuters) - Russia's two metal giants have emerged as big winners from Indonesia's new mining law, after leading a drive to get Jakarta to stick to its controversial mineral ore export ban in the face of opposition from miners and Asian buyers.
In its six-month lobbying campaign last year, United Company Rusal and Norilsk Nickel delivered a blunt message to Indonesian officials: We will only invest billions of dollars in smelters if you ban bauxite and nickel ore exports.
The effort seemed to have paid off, despite a denial by Indonesia that it was influenced. When the law came into effect this year, Indonesia enforced a water-tight export ban for only two major minerals - nickel ore and bauxite. Продолжение...