On the National Unity Day, residents of the village of Yarensk — the administrative center of Lensky district of Arkhangelsk Oblast — held a picket against the construction of landfill at station Shies for the needs of Moscow and Moscow Oblast residents. The organizers of the picket gathered to send the resolution to the entire crew of the International Space Station. This was reported on November 5 by Telegram-channel of the opponents of the landfill — Pomorie Is Not a Dump!
According to the organizers, about 400 people — that is as good as every 10th resident of Yarensk (the official habitancy in 2012 is 4441 people) — attended the picket. At the picket, they appealed to their fellow citizens asking to support local residents opposing the Ecotechnopark Shies under construction:
— All the citizens of the Russian Federation, all the authorities! On National Unity Day, we, the participants of the mass picket in the village of Yarensk, appeal to all people of good will and call on you to support us, the residents of Arkhangelsk Oblast and the Komi Republic, by any peaceful and legal means, — the Telegram-channel quotes the picket resolution.
As the activists write, the text of the resolution will be sent to the International Space Station to each crew member, "so that „Stop, Shies!“ was heard in space, too."
Local residents learned about the landfill construction in Lensky district of Arkhangelsk Oblast in the summer of 2018. The majority of residents of the two regions (Shies is located near the capital of Komi) strongly opposed the construction of the facility — residents of Arkhangelsk and Syktyvkar began to hold protests, including the uncoordinated ones, and some activists organized an eco-watch — a tent camp at station Shies, which prevents illegal, in their opinion, landfill construction. There are frequent clashes between activists and landfill builders.
The International Space Station (ISS) is a manned orbital space station, a joint project of Russia, the United States, Japan, Canada and the European Union.The crew of Expedition 61 is currently at the station, it includes six people: two Russians Alexandr Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka, three Americans — Andrew Morgan, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. The expedition is led by Italian Luca Parmitano. The end of the expedition is scheduled for February 6, 2020.