How to Turn Poison into Gold


The Kalush-region in Ukraine is a very dangerous place to live. There is pollution (hexachlorobenzene) at a scale, one cannot grasp. And the clean-up operation turned into a scandal that made some very rich and left the region just as polluted as it was before.
A group of Ukrainian journalists took a closer look at both ... Read More »

It’s Toxic, but It’s Money

dead sea

Kalush in the Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine is declared an ‘environmental disaster zone’ and has received a lot of money from the national government for a clean-up. But instead of being used to improve the environment, the money have become a source for fraud and making money illegally.
Very little happens to the thousands of ... Read More »

Millions of Euro Spent, But Pollution Continues in Kaliningrad


The promising words from politicians when Kaliningrad applied for financial support from the EU and Sweden to clean the city’s waste water, were worth nothing. Only six out of sixteen waste water treatment plants have been built. And most of them do not clean the waste water at all, only pump it into the rivers ... Read More »

Village Moaning under the Weight of Ten Quarries


This investigation focused on life in Rybreka, a traditional Karelian village, which is affected by the actively developing stone extraction. Some 10 quarries are under operation both inside and around the village.
It would seem that the welfare of the population should grow, which is not in fact true. On the contrary, people complain about the ... Read More »

Krasny Bor Landfill: The Chemical Chernobyl Is a Reality


Krasny Bor, popularly nicknamed “the Chemical Chernobyl,” is the largest chemical waste landfill in Northwest Russia. The approximate two million tons of chemical waste that has accumulated here over the last 45 years pose a real threat to everything and is located just a few kilometers from St. Petersburg.
In the early 1990s, the Northern Capital’s ... Read More »

A Place for a Space Ship, Not for People


Once children could swim in the Pueta river by Kem in Karelia, and fish were abundant. Today, the locals say: “The water does not freeze in winter and a fetid fog hangs above it. The stench from the river in summer is even worse.”
After an oil pollution in 2010, the search for the source began. ... Read More »

On a Barrel of Poison


Thousands of tons of chemical weapons were dumped around Crimea during World War II and the immediate aftermath. The Ukrainian and Russian authorities might know where and how much, but they don’t tell about it.
Scientific research is also scarce. But thanks to two journalistic investigations published October 25 2013 in Zerkalo Nedeli Ukraine and two ... Read More »

Poisoned by the Drinking Water


Dozens of people felt sick during the summer of 2011 in the 11thneighbourhood of Nubarashen in Yerevan. Later it spread to neighbouring villages. The reason was clear: Water poisoning.
According to the official statement, 87 individuals received treatment for intestinal infection at the Nork Infectious Diseases Clinic and 13 in the villages. The intestinal infection will ... Read More »

Desperately Looking for Baltic Cesium

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The ecologists are concerned: Areas contaminated with cesium-137 have been found at the bottom of the Gulf of Finland.
A report from the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection-2008 started the concerns. The experts take the contamination for the “legacy” of Chernobyl incident, but it is hard to determine more precisely: data from different ... Read More »

Heavy metals in fish from the Dniestr

In small towns along the river Dniestr you find a higher cancer rate than in other Ukrainian regions. The reporter Viktoiria Doskoch from the newspaper Pohlyad in Chernivtsi was surprised to find out, that scientist since 1991 see the heavily polluted river as the main cause.
The doctors at the Cancer Register in Chernitvtsi are still ... Read More »


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