Russian opposition politician and Moscow municipal deputy Ilya Yashin has accused the city’s mayor of budgetary waste in connection with plans to seal off one of several controversial landfills outside Moscow.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin pledged in 2017 to close the Malinki landfill 40 kilometers north of Moscow near the town of Troitsk. Activists believe Sobyanin made the pledge as part of his 2018 re-election campaign and instead plans to revive and expand the site, known as “the biggest landfill in Europe.”

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