69-year-old Valery Popov is smoking fish in a small barn, it was caught in the Kolva. He says that it is a rarity to catch a good fish now as it is deseased more often. Valery blames the 1994 accident, after which the fish began to smell
like diesel fuel, and the cattle started to get sick.
"There were such fish lakes here! But after the accident the fish instantly disappeared. Nelma was so good, but now you cook it, and it smells of diesel. The currant was
gone. Lots of meadows were spoiled. Horses and cows started to get sick. Berries are small, mushrooms are tasteless. That is because oil constantly flows through the Kolva, and moves under the ice. Only forest and river feeds us. We do
not say that there is no need for oil workers. They are needed, but we must preserve nature, forest, water. Nothing should get into the river."