Staunton, June 28 – Before the pandemic, protests against Moscow’s plans to dispose of trash from the capital and other major cities in far away regions spread across the country and especially in the Far North where Moscow was forced to modify its plans or even back down entirely (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/06/trash-protests-spread-as-regions-arent.html).
The center clearly calculated that it would withstand protests from the megalopolises far better than it could from the suburbs. But protests around Shiyes in the North in particular prompted it to shift responsibility for trash disposal from itself to the federal subjects, something that means cities can no longer hope to send their trash far away to other regions or republics.
As a result, major cities like St. Petersburg are now making plans to establish dumps and other trash disposal facilities nearby rather than far away; and to no one’s surprise, the residents of these cities are furious and beginning to organize protests and petition drives to try to block such actions.
The first of these have already taken place at several sites near the northern capital (newizv.ru/article/general/29-06-2022/peterburg-berut-v-musornoe-koltso-zhiteli-sobirayut-mitingi