Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Dirtiest City in Russia

Chelyabinsk is not Russia’s dirtiest city — the spot has been occupied by Norilsk since 1992 — but it ranked in the top 10 last year, the State Statistics Service said in June. The city, which has a population of 1.1 million, hosts many industrial facilities, including a metallurgical plant and a ferroalloys factory.
And so:
Chelyabinsk authorities launched last week a state tender worth 300,000 rubles ($10,700) to “optimize” Yandex and Google queries using 15 search phrases, including “radiation in Chelyabinsk,” “dirtiest city in Russia” and “ecology of the Urals.”


Whistleblower Alexei Navalny, who reported the story on his blog Thursday, called the tender “disgusting and immoral” and dubbed Chelyabinsk Governor Mikhail Yurevich a “proactive idiot.” The governor announced a campaign to change the region’s public image last September.

But a spokeswoman for the regional government, Svetlana Doronina, called reports about the region’s pollution “horror stories” spread by “radical environmental activists” in the pay of foreign competitors of the local industry, reported. She did not name any names.


M. Bouffant said...

So it's Shinola over substance (No pun or nuffin' intended!) on both sides of the world.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

This is small potatoes compared to the efforts put into masking the fact that the U.S. military, in it's "war on terror", is blowing up about 14 innocent victims for each 'militant' it kills.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

The governor announced a campaign to change the region’s public image last September.

That's easier than an actual cleanup.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Hey, old chum, you still planning on traveling to NYC? Ned and I are planning a warm reception for you, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.

Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

Substance/B^4 slashfic coming soon!

tigris said...


Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

I know!

I'll be in

Substance McGravitas said...

Yes, I'll be...out. For you two.

Scheduling is yet to be finalized, but captcha promises punani, you slashfic sickos.