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Russia: 'Every day we live as if in a gas chamber' – residents on Yadrovo landfill02:26

Russia: 'Every day we live as if in a gas chamber' – residents on Yadrovo landfill

Russian Federation, Volokolamsk
April 1, 2018 at 16:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of citizens of the Russian city of Volokolamsk gathered for a massive rally on Sunday, demanding the closure of the Yadrovo landfill and the declaration of a state of emergency.

Protesters called on authorities to resign and declare a state of emergency.

Speaking from a stage, Piotr Lazarev the mayor of Volokolamsk said that "the city smells like sewage" and said that this "has to be stopped."

"Everyday we live as if in a gas chamber. We wake up and do not know what to breath," said a worried resident.

According to another resident, schools have to warn parents daily and inform them whether it’s safe enough to bring their children to school, "children have headaches, suffer from vomiting, sickness."

The protest started at 12:00 local time (09:00 GMT), however, according to one of the activists, the leading backer of the rally had been detained several hours before.

The Yadrovo landfill site in Volokolamsk released a wave of gas on March 21st, causing locals symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches and nausea.

The city’s administration has promised that the degasification of the Yadrovo landfill is due to start on April 14 and be finished by mid-June.

Russia: 'Every day we live as if in a gas chamber' – residents on Yadrovo landfill02:26
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Thousands of citizens of the Russian city of Volokolamsk gathered for a massive rally on Sunday, demanding the closure of the Yadrovo landfill and the declaration of a state of emergency.

Protesters called on authorities to resign and declare a state of emergency.

Speaking from a stage, Piotr Lazarev the mayor of Volokolamsk said that "the city smells like sewage" and said that this "has to be stopped."

"Everyday we live as if in a gas chamber. We wake up and do not know what to breath," said a worried resident.

According to another resident, schools have to warn parents daily and inform them whether it’s safe enough to bring their children to school, "children have headaches, suffer from vomiting, sickness."

The protest started at 12:00 local time (09:00 GMT), however, according to one of the activists, the leading backer of the rally had been detained several hours before.

The Yadrovo landfill site in Volokolamsk released a wave of gas on March 21st, causing locals symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches and nausea.

The city’s administration has promised that the degasification of the Yadrovo landfill is due to start on April 14 and be finished by mid-June.

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