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Police demanded that activists raise their tent camp at Shies within three days

Yulia Polushina
Activists’ camp at station Shies
Photo by Dmitry Stepanovsky
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On January 8, the police arrived at station Shies, where the reclamation of the construction site for a landfill had begun, and demanded that activists raise their tent camp within three days. This was reported in the Vesti s Shiesa (‘news from Shies’) Community on vk.com.

"At six o'clock in the morning, treacherously, without announcing the attack, a delegation of some men, who refused to introduce themselves, and eight security guards, wearing police uniforms for some reason, who also refused to introduce themselves, woke up the residents of the camp. They came with an ultimatum about the need to raise the activists' camp within three days because of the reclamation," the post says.

Activist Anna Shekalova, who is on duty at the camp at Shies, told 7x7 that the activists would remove the camp only after Technopark had removed all its property from Shies and had carried out reclamation in accordance with the plan. She also quoted the Governor of Arkhangelsk Oblast Alexander Tsybulsky, who promised that the camp would remain in place until the work was completed.

"We do not see anyone who is bothered by the camp," said Shekalova.

The report also says that the Administration of the Urdomskoe Municipal District and the activists have complained to the Prosecutor's office about "numerous violations in the preparatory works for reclamation" and demanded providing documents for carrying out the work, agreed by the relevant structures.

"Without documents on reclamation, the camp will not move an inch," the activists concluded.

The Technopark Company suggested back in December that activists move their tents outside the site. The developer said on its website that it was planning to start work on cleaning the territory of 15 hectares from soil piles on December 19–20, and the tent camp was preventing this. The company referred to an agreement reached by representatives of the company, the regional government, and the administration of the village of Urdoma at a meeting on October 12. The activists stated they knew nothing about this agreement and also called the reclamation “barbaric”.

The construction of a landfill for the import of waste from Moscow began at station Shies on the border of Arkhangelsk Oblast and the Komi Republic in the summer of 2018 without permits. Residents of the region and the neighboring Komi Republic regularly held protest actions, and activists set up a tent camp near the construction site of the landfill and organized a 24-hour duty there. In December 2019, it became known that Moscow had not included Shies in its territorial waste management scheme for the next 10 years.

In January 2020, the Arkhangelsk Commercial Court delivered a judgement to demolish illegal buildings at the station. The project's investor, the Technopark Company, tried to challenge this decision, but to no avail. In October 2020, Technopark announced the termination of the landfill construction at Shies and promised to reclaim the territory by the summer of 2021. At the end of October, a representative of the Urdoma Administration said in court over illegal buildings that Technopark was only pretending to carry out reclamation and violated all the established deadlines.


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