- Residents horrified when factory chemicals turned snow green in Pervouralsk
- Snow in Kemerovo tuned an eery black from coal pollution earlier this week
- Pollution and waste dumping across Russia has sparked dozens of protests
Toxic green and black snow falling on Russian towns has sparked mass protests against pollution.
Residents in Pervouralsk were horrified when chemicals spilling from a chrome factory turned white snow to an acid green colour.
Earlier this week pristine snows caps in Kemerovo turned an eerie black when pollution from coal plants turned the streets dark and grimy.
The bizarre phenomena has caused dozens of demonstrations across Siberia against polluters which has seen president Vladimir Putin’s support waning
And locals in Sibai have been forced to wear masks after thick smog from a copper factory has been settled over the town since November.
It comes after a series of separate protests across more than a dozen Russian cities against plans to send Moscow’s trash to poorer – and often pristine – northern areas.
The first major trash protests took place outside Moscow last winter, when several children were hospitalized with poisoning linked to a local landfill.
The disturbing emerald scene was caused by an ‘accident’ at a plant in Pervouralsk, in Chelyabinsk region in the industrial region
Earlier this week pristine white snows caps turned an eerie black when pollution from coal plants turned the streets dark and grimy
Moscow had been frantically trying to deal with rubbish of 13million people after residents of a suburb connived Mr Putin to close a gigantic tip there dubbed ‘waste Everest’.
Locals in nearby cities complained about toxic fumes that caused headaches and noise bleeds after lorries began ferrying waste to dumps in their areas.
Environmentalists and even authorities have called the idea ‘immoral’ and urged officials to invest in waste separation and recycling operations instead.
In an annual address on Wednesday, Mr Putin hit back at ‘shady firms…dumping rubbish wherever and however they can’.
Despite addressing the issue, last months trust in the president fell to a record low of 33 per cent.
Green snow, thick smog and pink lakes in Russia’s pollution crisis
Green snow lined the streets of Pervouralsk after slurry tank at a nearby chrome factory became clogged and pumped water which overflowed to the surface.
Last year the town also complained about colourful rain and snow which were also linked to the plant.
Pristine white snows caps turned an eerie black when pollution from coal plants turned the streets dark and grimy.
Pollution from coal plants in industrial Kemerovo region is blamed for a ghostly phenomenon blighting the cities of Prokopyevsk and Leninsk-Kuznetsky plus the town of Kiselyovsk.
Deputy governor of Kemerovo region Andrei Panov – in charge of ecology – is to meet local environmentalists to discuss the matter and also blames coal boilers and car exhausts as well as factories.
Emissions from the abandoned copper mine have sparked outrage in the town as local authorities installed fans and gave residents activated charcoal over fears of damage to their health.
In 2016, a lake in Stavropol, south-west Russia turned bright pink after chemicals from a nearby factroy spilled into the water.