Interactive documental story about two towns that were build on mines - Berezniki and Solikamsk Mine Towns The evicted from the cracked houses families were supposed to settle in a specially constructed village, Usolye-2. However, quantities of formaldehyde sharply exceeding the maximum permissible amount were found in these newly constructed houses. Later in the air hastily erected buildings were revealed sharp excess of maximum permissible concentration of formaldehyde, phenol, xylene. The reason was used building materials: mineral wool, cement particle boards, insulation ... It was found that the content of formaldehyde in some apartments exceed the MPC to 46 times! It is known that formaldehyde - a carcinogenic substance. Inhalation of his people at the level of the past 20 MAC causes cancer, respiratory diseases, eye, immune system, etc. About 60 families initially placed in these homes were immediately evicted maneuverable in urban housing. Usolye-2 Solikamsk Berezniki is the only city in the world, in whose territory are potash mines. Before the Canadian Potash Corp mines half hour drive from the city of Saskatoon, American Mosaic mine in New Mexico and Michigan are also located at a respectful distance from the nearest towns . Even from Soligorsk Belarus, home of "Belaruskali" potash mines to 15 km. Berezniki Solikamsk, whose name means "salt on the Kama," (Kama is a title of the river where town situated) was founded in 1430 when the Kalinnikov merchant family (from Vologda, in the Russian north) established a salt works there. To this day the economy of Solikamsk depends heavily on the mining of potassium and related salts. By the end of the seventeenth century Solikamsk also served as a major transit point not only to Siberia but also to China. "Berezniki An Avant-Garde Town" The restructuring of the general public learned that a great chemistry - not a blessing but a curse that Berezniki - one of the most "dirty" cities of the USSR . In my childhood I passed through Solikamsk and I remember seeing mountains salt dumps, heavy sky and stories of black snow. In addition, my relatives have told me that now back in Berezniki they found the wreckage of buildings instead of houses, as if a war had taken place. And the paths where they used to access the local store for milk between the houses has been transformed into a field of ruins. This is a damn unusual place!
Sinkholes in Berezniki and Solikamsk - subsidence and man-made earthquake in the territory Verkhnekamsk potassium and magnesium salts. Berezniki and Solikamsk, the second and the third largest city of Perm area, located on the mine workings Verkhnekamskoye deposit. In particular, in Berezniki large part of residential development located above the mines BRU-1 of "Uralkali". In some areas, cavities located just 250-300 meters from the surface. On the possible danger of subsidence and collapse of houses scientists first began in the mid-1970s. Salt production caused a giant sinkhole The town is famous for its production of salt; in particular potassium chloride, which is used as a fertilizer. More than 11,000 people work in salt mining industry: 3,000 underground and 7,000 above ground. A huge sinkhole appeared next to the Solikamsk town In November, 2014. The sinkhole was caused by an accident that occurred at Uralkali potash mine. Since that time it has tripled in diameter in the last 10 months. The giant hole, near the town of Solikamsk, is now 120m (400ft) across and up to 80m (250ft) deep. Protest of People This family didn’t agree to leave the poisoned house and live in maneuverable housing for unknown amount of time. "We will not go away! - Said the head of the family, Vladimir Ponomarev. - Administration obliged to make the reconstruction of our house and bring it to a safe state, or to return the money to us for this accommodation, not throw us out of here! “ They stood up to the death for the right to die in their own poisonous house. Rospotrebnadzor has not found legal ways to evict the suicidal family and left home. No one officially recognized these apartments uninhabitable. The tenant is a protestant Vladimir Ponomarev in his home on Doschennikova 15 in an empty and lifeless village Usolie-2. Photo: Tatiana Chudakov Most of the families who have been victims of this chain of man-caused disasters bureaucratic, resigned to his fate and live in a maneuvering fund. Including those who privatized the new apartments. And only Motinov-Ponomariov, tired of waiting and writing letters to the governor Basargin, refused to live in a temporary maneuver fund, and drove to his apartment in Usolsky-2. The maximum permissible concentration of formaldehyde in their apartment exceeded, according to measurements conducted at least 7 times. This is an unacceptably high risk of diseases, including cancer. Family of three people required to bring them flat in a safe state, or else pay them its value, so that they can afford to buy more housing on their own.
Uralkali is one of the world’s largest potash producers with a share of about 20% in global potash production. The Company’s assets consist of 5 mines and 7 ore-treatment mills situated in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm Region, Russia). Uralkali employs ca.11,800 people (in the main production unit). Uralkali’s shares and GDRs are traded on the Moscow Exchange and LSE, respectively. Berezniki, Perm region, Russia, a city of 154,000 inhabitants was built directly over the mine belonging to the company “Uralkali". Summer 2007, huge sinkhole appeared on the surface above closed Berezniki mine, caused by the sudden infiltration of groundwater into the underground tunnels. Due to the continuous surface subsidence processes, multiple cracks appeared in more than 25 apartment buildings in Berezniki. Hundreds of families were evacuated from the cracked houses. The most dramatic events occurred in connection with the accident at the first mine. In the short time line was laid Yaiva - Solikamsk, which has become one of the largest construction projects of JSC "Russian Railways". A few years after the appearing of sinkholes was partially destroyed a railway station Berezniki. While filling the failure of the building of Berezniki Mine Construction Management truck driver.
Sinkholes with their folk names:
For the toxic housing fight to the death!..
"Why do we have to sit for years in a maneuvering fund?!" Formaldehyde
 Realizing wildness and scandal soon the administration of Berezniki tried to evict the family , using legal mechanisms. The city administration refers in this case to the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor, not allowed to stay in the homes of people Vologda series. However, Berezniki city court dismissed a lawsuit the mayor's office. That's right, the sacred right of private property. Meanwhile themselves Motinov-Ponomariov also not sitting idle, and went on the attack. They, in turn, filed in the same court against the city authorities to bring them to an apartment in a safe condition, that is, to fulfill an order of Rospotrebnadzor of the Perm region. However, Berezniki city court judge denied the plaintiffs Yevgeny Petrov. Administration Berezniki able to prove that it was the victim of someone else's evil will. Officials explained that currently own struggle for the truth, and are in a protracted litigation with the capital construction of the Perm region. It is this body organized the construction of "toxic" houses in Usolsky-2. Mayor of Berezniki in turn is trying through the courts to oblige the Regional Directorate of Capital Construction in homes to replace toxic building materials. Now civic engagement family continues to struggle and is preparing a complaint to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. And he continues to live devotedly in his apartment on the deserted street Doschennikova. "Even if we die, we'll see then what officials say," - says Vladimir Vladimirovich, full of determination and optimism. And finally we would like to recall the history of one more important detail of her. It is known that the construction of the neighborhood Usolsky-2 from the federal budget allocated 1.8 billion rubles. These 862 apartments, or 55 thousand square meters of housing in addition to the Vologda "Dormash" erected the company "Growth-N-Resource" (Rostov), "Radoslaw" (Pereslavl-Zalessky), "Building Energy Company" (Smolensk) and "Ural building Technology "(Perm). Division for investigation of particularly important criminal cases of the regional Investigative Division №2 on violations during the construction was initiated criminal case under Art. 238 of the Criminal Code - "Execution of works that do not meet safety requirements." Damage to the state budget is enormous. When, finally, we will see this case in court? When and who will put the issue of compensation for the costs of budget money? Why Investigation Department a couple of years muffled silence about the investigation? Uralkali
Directed by: Camera: Text: Design/Programming: Help in content organization: Special thanks to: External materials used in project: Maria Gyarmati Maria Gyarmati Laszlo Gyarmati Jennifer Deborah Walker Phyllis Forrester Maria Gyarmati Maria Gyarmati Laszlo Gyarmati Dvorko Nina Ivanovna, Doctor of Arts, Professor, leading specialist in Russia in the field of interactive storytelling Dudina Elena, my mom Laszlo Gyarmati, my husband Video of Solikamsk failure - Mine photos - Dron video of church in Berezniki - Photos of cracks in church - Photos of failures -