Spiegel: Germany partly guilty of environmental disaster in Siberia

On May 29, in Norilsk, one of the diesel fuel storage tanks at TPP-3, owned by the Norilsk Nickel group of companies (until 2016, Norilsk Nickel), was damaged due to settling of the foundation. Because of this, there was a leak of about 21 thousand diesel fuel into the Ambarnaya River.

In connection with the release on the territory of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, a federal emergency mode was introduced. The experts of the German publication Spiegel believe that Germany bears part of the blame for the environmental disaster that happened in Siberia.

The fact is that Norilsk Nickel is actively and irresponsibly financed by German financial institutions. According to analysts, from January 2019 to June 2020, a group of Russian companies received loans of $ 70 million from Deutsche Bank. Commerzbank during the same time invested $ 334 million in the enterprises of Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin.

Meanwhile, Norilsk Nickel has been repeatedly convicted of environmental pollution - toxic emissions and leaks of harmful substances from thermal power plants. In 2001, Norilsk, where the company’s headquarters is located, was even temporarily closed to foreigners.

The Blacksmith Institute in New York has declared Norilsk one of the ten most polluted places in the world. In 2009, the Norwegian State Pension Fund excluded Norilsk Nickel from its business due to the poor ecology of the region. However, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, in spite of everything, continued to finance non-environmentally friendly Russian enterprises.
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  1. Cheburgen Offline Cheburgen
    Cheburgen 10 June 2020 13: 30
    Half of the housing stock of Norilsk is destroyed by the banal leakage of water from rotten pipes (thawed piles). And the reservoir, which is more than 30, was also not occupied by anyone. All this is on the conscience of Potanin, who should be planted only for Lake Pyasino. He destroyed one of the pearls of Taimyr, which can be counted on the fingers.
  2. Citizen Mѣshkov (Sergѣi) 10 June 2020 20: 45
    And Aaron lifted up the rod, and struck the river water before the eyes of the pharaoh and before the eyes of his servants, and all the water in the river turned into blood, and the fish in the river died out, and the river became dead.
  3. Bitter Offline Bitter
    Bitter 10 June 2020 22: 59
    However, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, in spite of everything, continued to finance non-environmentally friendly Russian enterprises.

    Yeah. Investors gave loot, and various managers of different levels stole this loot on the fly. Are the Germans to blame now? Maybe the Norwegians and the Americans are even more to blame, they stopped giving money, so "there was not enough resource."
    The thieves from Moscow to the very outskirts .... and, probably, in the end, some sort of lineman Vasya Pupkin will be to blame.
  4. Andrey8485 Offline Andrey8485
    Andrey8485 (Andrew ) 10 June 2020 23: 13
    I myself come from Norilsk. Of course, such a catastrophe must be punished, but not ordinary workers, but the main office, which is in Moscow, who only saw the city on paper.
    They introduced the shift, the specialists are not of the 1st class, but 21 classes.
    They don’t invest money in the city at all, and even in enterprises with grief over their bums.
    It's dirty when Nadezhda smokes (plant).
    Everyone wants to pump out profits up to a dime (
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter 12 June 2020 23: 45
      It can be understood that if people pay market prices for an oil product, then storage facilities should be regularly checked, maintained and look something like this:

      But on the other hand, they cannot fly into space. everything is purely for domestic consumption, so to speak - for itself, and so will do. sad
      This is probably not a local Norilsk problem, there are such analogs in bulk throughout the country. Effective "managers" only know how to roost, but to find fault with the "scoop". Themselves still, by and large, live at the expense of the "soviet" achievements of capital construction and stuffing their pockets with dough, they pray day and night for them to hold out a little more.
      I wonder how long such tanks should serve, how much is the "correct" act of checking such an object and how often they were "checked"?