A company owned by one of President Putin’s childhood friends has begun work on a motorway construction project that activists warn will disturb radioactive waste buried in the Soviet era and lead to a “new Chernobyl”. The eight-lane motorway in Moscow will skirt the site of a former top-secret facility that produced the radioactive metal thorium for nuclear reactors until the 1970s. The site, which is close to a residential area, contains at least 60,000 tonnes of radioactive waste, according to official documents. The project is being carried out by Mostotrest, a construction company which is owned by Arkady Rotenberg, a billionaire businessman who has known Mr Putin since 1963. Mr Rotenberg, 68, has received more state orders than any other Russian businessman over recent years, according to Russian media. Mostotrest is set to earn 52 billion roubles (£527 million) from the project. Greenpeace said that the construction work would unsettle radioactive dust and anyone who breathed it would face an increased risk of cancer.
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