SCOOP-Supported Journalist Wins “Golden Pen” Award


Lina Zernova, journalist from St. Petersburg, has won the “Golden Pen Award” in the category for investigative journalism for her investigation about the Krasny Bor landfill outside St. Petersburg.
The investigation was supported by SCOOP and published in Novaya Gazeta and at the Bellona website. Lina Zernova documents how huge amounts of chemical waste is stored ... 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 »

Nuclear Waste Plant Growing near St. Petersburg


Just 40 kilometers from St. Petersburg, in Pine Forest at the Gulf of Finland, lies the largest concentration of nuclear installations in the whole Baltic area. Now the area will also be home to a large disposal site for radioactive materials – and not just from the local area.
There are already five research reactors in ... Read More »

SCOOP-supported Story Wins Artyom Borovik Award


Reporter Lina Zernova received the Artyom Borovik prize for investigative journalism, which is awarded annually in Moscow.
The jury decided to give the award to Lina Zernova for her investigation “The Gulf of Finland: Who Will Solve the Mystery of the Cesium Anomaly?”. It was published on the web-site of the environmental NGO Bellona and in the Gorod magazine.
Last year, ... Read More »


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