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Growing up in a toxic town

Tatyana Movshevich grew up in the Soviet city of Dzerzhinsk, a centre for the production of toxic chemicals.

The Russian city of Dzerzhinsk was a centre of chemical production during Soviet times.

Neighbouring towns used to joke about its two-headed purple-skinned inhabitants. But what was it really like to grow up there?

Tatyana Movshevich, a journalist from Dzerzhinsk, shares her special memories.

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