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The Soviets:

Drained the Aral Sea into near-nothingness

• Poisoned Lake Baikal, home to more than one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water (and Putin's Russia is making it worse)

• The rivers of the former USSR "are open sewers of human and chemical waste"

• Soviet nuclear weapons production resulted in "astronomically high radioactive pollution of towns, farm land, rivers, and lakes"

• Years of "irresponsible Soviet nuclear testing and dumping" turned the once-pristine Kola Peninsula into an environmental hellscape.

And who could forget Chernobyl?

I could go on, but instead here's a photoessay of Soviet environmental catastrophe.

Never forget: Communists poison everything.