Russian Instagramers Flock To a Toxic Power Plant’s Ash Dump Because Water Looks Like Maldives

Recently we featured Instagram Influencers In Chernobyl. Now we encourage you to Search the “ТЭЦ-5” location tag on Instagram, and you’ll be overwhelmed with picturesque shots of bright blue water, couples taking their wedding photos, yoga poses and even a few people swimming in it. But the “Novosibirsk Maldives” isn’t a luxurious oasis, it’s actually a chemical waste dump in Russia. Responding to these selfies, the Russian power company that runs the plant urged people not to go near the water, because it’s heavily contaminated.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.

Selfie near a toxic lake.