Support Shies activists: Russian North is not a dump!

Support Shies activists: Russian North is not a dump!

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Irina Tomak started this petition to President of Russian federation and

My name is Irina. I was born in one of the most pristine and untarnished areas of Russia - magnificent Russian North. Russian North is renowned for its splendid beauty and is a home to a volume of protected areas, many of which are under protection of UNESCO. However, splendour, vastness and wilderness of the area has attracted unwelcome interest of Russian officials who have decided to construct a mammoth landfill in vicinity of Shies train station in Arkhangelsk oblast which would store Moscow`s waste. A gigantic toxic landfill that is being referred to by a fancy title of an ecotechnopark is estimated to take in 500,000 tons of garbage per year and store it there for 20 years. People living in Arkhangelsk oblast and neighbouring Komi Republic greeted this decision with fierce opposition, fearing that the dump will contaminate soil and ground waters feeding into rivers and the White Sea and lead to an irreversible ecological catastrophe. Thousands of people all over Russian North have been actively demonstrating against construction of the landfill and deforestation of the area since October 2018, but with no avail. They are demanding to permanently halt all construction works and urge the government to look for alternative solution to immense trash problem in Russia. Official mass media has failed to report large-scale protests rocking the North, effectively turning a blind eye and death ears to thousands of voices of opposition. Activists are being arrested and attacked by police and national guard deployed to the region for daring to stand up to horrendous injustice and for protecting their homes and lives and the ecosystem that sustains them. 
I am asking every single person who is reading this to support Shies activists and to sign this petition demanding the president of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Russian Government to stop the construction of the Shies landfill and invest into sustainable waste management technologies. Russia is not a landfill!

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