Where the river runs red: can Norilsk, Russia's most polluted city, come clean?

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Metals firm Norilsk Nickel shut down one of its factories in June in an attempt to clean up the notoriously polluted city. But when a river turned red after a spillage this month, it was clear its environmental problems are far from resolved

When the Daldykan river in Norilsk suddenly turned bright red recently, its appearance was so unsettling that one user quoted the Bible passage about God transforming the Nile into blood.

Norilsk Nickel, the main employer in this industrial city 180 miles north of the Arctic Circle, initially denied any spill into the Daldykan – but later admitted that heavy rain had caused a filtration dam to flood into the river. The incident suggested that, despite Norilsk Nickel’s efforts, environmental concerns are far from resolved in what has long been called Russia’s most polluted city.

Who is there to complain to? All the money comes from Norilsk Nickel

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