Residents of Kolomna risk prosecution to protest the huge garbage heaps in their city. They worry about their own and their children's health because the trash contains toxins that could leach into the groundwater.
Demonstrators have blocked roads and staged rallies in several towns outside Moscow to protest overfilled garbage collection sites. Residents complain of toxic fumes and say the polluted air is harming their children.
Thousands of people held a rally in the small Russian town of Volokolamsk to demand the closure of a local landfill that has been leaking noxious fumes into the air. Hundreds of children had required medical assistance.
Activists say untreated waste is being dumped freely into sea waters off the Lebanese coast, killing off ocean life. The pollution of the Mediterranean is sparking public outrage.
A successful leader at the height of his power: This is how Russia's president Vladimir Putin is presenting himself. His re-election was unquestionable — and the possible consequences are worrying.
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