FOUR of the world's 10 most polluted places are in Russia and two former Soviet republics, an independent environmental group says in a report.
Encompassing seven countries, the top 10 sites may cause some 12 million people to suffer health problems,the New York-based Blacksmith Institute said.
"These places are sapping the strength of the populations around them, and it's not rocket science to fix them," Richard Fuller, the non-profit group's founder and director told reporters.
He said simple engineering projects could make many of the places safe, but that funds, political will and technical ability were often lacking.
The polluted sites in Russia and the former Soviet republics include Dzerzhinsk, Russia, which until the end of the Cold War was one of the country's major chemical weapons centres, and Chernobyl, Ukraine, where the world's worst nuclear accident occurred in
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