According to the FinExpertiza report, Russia set a 16-year air pollution record in 2020. The number of cases this year is already three times higher than in the previous year. The most polluted regions are Samara and Orenburg and Buryatia.
The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring at the beginning of the year said that the amount of air pollution increased by 1.5 times compared to the same period last year. According to the report, the main cause of the contamination was benzopyrene, a toxic product of combustion and a dangerous carcinogen, as well as hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas produced at industrial plants and landfills. According to specialists, numerous cases of lead, hydrogen chloride, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide pollution have also been observed.