Photo essay of Soviet pollution

From Vilnius to Vladivostok, across more than eight million square miles, a beleaguered environment bears witness to a legacy of irresponsibility, says photographer Gerd Ludwig.

In 1992, Ludwig spent five months on a photo assignment for National Geographic to document the pollution legacy of the former Soviet Union. Some of the photos are now available in a web-based photo essay linked below.

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