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.
The people of Kolomna have been protesting against Moscow refuse being dumped near their city. Now, vocal anti-garbage activists have had their homes raided and searched. DW's Miodrag Soric reports.
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.
Human rights activists have warned of the oppressive lengths Russia is willing to go to silence its critics. They claim that when it comes to quashing dissent, the Kremlin gives security forces "carte blanche."
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.
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