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Some of the world's most polluted cities

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Heaps of rusted barrels for chemical substances and other rubbish may be observed everywhere in Dzerzhinsk, the city of chemical industry. The city was one of the Soviet Union's most important chemical weapons producers, and the Dzerzhinsk's environmental agency estimates that almost 300,000 tons of chemical waste were dumped between 1930 and 1998. The US Blacksmith Institute has named the city one of the most polluted in the world, citing lead, sarin, lewisite, sulfur mustard, hydrogen cyanide and phosgene as the worst pollutants.

PHOTO: Gennady Popov/ITAR-TASS/Newscom/FILE

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