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12 Feb 2024

Russia: Environmental director of Krasnoyarsk Aluminium plant sentenced to compulsory labor for air pollution

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[Summary translation prepared by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]

Rusal's environmental director in Krasnoyarsk was sentenced to compulsory labor for air pollution, 29 August 2022

Sovetsky District Court convicted the environmental director of Krasnoyarsk Aluminium plant under Article 251 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Atmospheric Pollution.” The Office of the Prosecutor General for Siberian Federal District reports that he was given 320 hours of compulsory work.

According to the prosecution, from April 2018 to February 2021, the director for ecology, labor protection and industrial safety of JSC RUSAL Krasnoyarsk allowed the operation of aluminum production equipment that polluted the atmosphere. As a result, air pollution with hydrogen chloride (hydrochloride), which belongs to hazard class II, occurred.