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Karabash, a town in the Chelyabinsk Region, Urals, where a Karabashmed copper smelter is located, is one of the dirtiest places in Russia and the world. It has been affected by the poisonous waste from the plant.

Karabash, a town in the Chelyabinsk Region, Urals, where a Karabashmed copper smelter is located, is one of the dirtiest places in Russia and the world. It has been affected by the poisonous waste from the plant.

© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankKarabash, a town in the Chelyabinsk Region, Urals, where a Karabashmed copper smelter is located, is one of the dirtiest places in Russia and the world. It has been affected by the poisonous waste from the plant.
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Karabash, a town in the Chelyabinsk Region, Urals, where a Karabashmed copper smelter is located, is one of the dirtiest places in Russia and the world. It has been affected by the poisonous waste from the plant.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynKarabash was founded in the floodplains of the Sak-Elga River near a gold deposit.
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Karabash was founded in the floodplains of the Sak-Elga River near a gold deposit.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankIn 1910, a copper smelting plant was erected near the mountain in Karabash, which is operating today. Five years after its opening the plant produced one-third of Russia’s copper.
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In 1910, a copper smelting plant was erected near the mountain in Karabash, which is operating today. Five years after its opening the plant produced one-third of Russia’s copper.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynThe copper production pollutes the air with poisonous gases, such as derivatives from lead, sulphur, arsenic and copper.
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The copper production pollutes the air with poisonous gases, such as derivatives from lead, sulphur, arsenic and copper.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankAll these gases were released freely and no clean-up measures were taken. Photo: a cross on the mountain in Karabash.
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All these gases were released freely and no clean-up measures were taken. Photo: a cross on the mountain in Karabash.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankThis is what the soil near the Karabashmed plant looks like.
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This is what the soil near the Karabashmed plant looks like.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankSome 15,700 people live in Karabash.
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Some 15,700 people live in Karabash.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynThe residents of Karabash have been complaining of the gas-polluted air.
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The residents of Karabash have been complaining of the gas-polluted air.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynIn August 2010, prosecutors in the Urals Federal District obliged the Karabashmed plant to modernize its production in an effort to stop the environmental pollution in the area.
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In August 2010, prosecutors in the Urals Federal District obliged the Karabashmed plant to modernize its production in an effort to stop the environmental pollution in the area.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankA legal decision came into force following another toxic leak at the plant that destroyed the gardens of local residents.
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A legal decision came into force following another toxic leak at the plant that destroyed the gardens of local residents.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynIn July, the regional department of Russia’s environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor carried out checks at the plant and found serious violations in environmental law. The watchdog said the waste of arsenic and inorganic compounds as well as sulphur dioxide at the plant exceeded the normal level by 6.4 and 2 times, respectively.
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In July, the regional department of Russia’s environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor carried out checks at the plant and found serious violations in environmental law. The watchdog said the waste of arsenic and inorganic compounds as well as sulphur dioxide at the plant exceeded the normal level by 6.4 and 2 times, respectively.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynView of Karabash from a window of an abandoned house.
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View of Karabash from a window of an abandoned house.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel LisitsynA dumping site on a street of Karabash.
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A dumping site on a street of Karabash.
© RIA Novosti . Pavel Lisitsyn / Go to the photo bankA street in Karabash.
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A street in Karabash.
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