A 5,000-strong convene opposite a projected launch of nickel mining ventures was hold in Russia’s southern Voronezh Region on Sunday, internal military said.
Protesters collected in a region’s second largest city – Borisoglebsk. According to organizers, a eventuality collected about 10,000 people. The convene was certified by a city authorities.
Several abounding nickel-copper sulfide deposits have been unclosed in Voronezh Region between 1970 and 1980. Russia’s largest nickel builder Norilsk Nickel and Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company are a categorical contenders opposed to rise these deposits.
A orator for Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company has pronounced that any mining ventures could be non-stop in a segment usually following 6 years of geological scrutiny work.
Protesters trust nickel mining would spoil a region’s rarely prolific dirt – chernozyom and would have disastrous environmental impact. Nickel mining could also outcome in a annihilation of Russian Desman – an animal listed in a Red Data Book of Endangered Animal Species. This tiny semi-aquatic reptile inhabits several regions of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, including Khoper Reserve in Voronezh Region.
Konstantin Rubakhin, conduct of a internal inlet refuge movement, pronounced he and his supporters will essay to trigger hearings into a problem in Russia’s parliament.