Russia has seen its fair share of protests against the government in recent weeks. At first there was mass condemnation of the handling of a fire in a shopping center which left many children dead (see our related coverage) and since 10 days or so, the situation has moved to Moscow where parents are protesting that their children are getting sick due to the toxic fumes coming from a nearby landfill.
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The events started getting serious around 21 March when some 180 people had to be admitted to hospital after suspected poisoning by gases coming from a nearby gigantic landfill.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Crowds outside hospital in Volokolamsk, near Moscow, where over 180 people have sought medical help after suspected poisoning by gases from local landfill garbage site, according to reports. Vomiting, nausea, disorientation. People have been protesting the site for weeks. <a href="https://t.co/NjqnCFx6bT">pic.twitter.com/NjqnCFx6bT</a></p>— marc bennetts (@marcbennetts1) <a href="https://twitter.com/marcbennetts1/status/976430648591372288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Ever since then, the protests have only spread with thousands currently in the squares on a daily basis asking for the closure of the place.
Activist Ms Olga Noskovec, who organized the protests, said: "A landfill is a slow killer, sickness is coming very slowly for those close to it, but everything has happened very quickly here," Noskovec said.
"Closing it is one thing, and to conduct a proper recultivation is a completely different issue."
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Ms Noskovec continued: "It's a matter for specialists who can handle the problem of this magnitude, and I am afraid that there may not be any left in Russia anymore."