What a dump: the Russian city and the crime ‘against all human ...

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What a dump: the Russian city and the crime ‘against all human life’

It’s a sulfur dioxide- and diesel-spewing eco hellhole that disgorges a steady stream of poison into the Arctic

Nataliya Vasilyeva

A rusty pipe churns out water along crimson banks of ore pulp near a power station. In the Russian factory town of Norilsk, industrial pollution has become so brazen and mundane that it took a spill of 21,000 tons of diesel fuel for the Kremlin to pay attention.

“They’ve been dumping waste all around,” says Vasily Ryabinin, Norilsk’s former deputy chief environmental inspector, who blew the whistle on his superiors.

“No one would admit to it but everyone in town knows about it.”..

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