Despite irrefutable scientific evidence calling out the dangers of asbestos, 2 million tons of the carcinogen are exported every year to the developing world, where it's often handled with little to no regulation.

I travel to the world's largest asbestos mine in the eponymous town of Asbest, Russia, to meet workers whose livelihoods revolve entirely around the dangerous mineral. Surprisingly, the risks associated with asbestos mining didn't seem to worry the inhabitants; in fact, asbestos is the city's pride, celebrated with monuments, songs, and even its own museum.

However, in Libby, Montana, another mining town almost on the other side of the globe, the effects of asbestos exposure are undeniable: 400 townspeople have died from asbestos-related diseases, and many more are slowly choking to death. Why is the deadly industry of mining and selling asbestos still alive and well?

Producer/Director/Reporter: Milène Larsson 
Camera: Mikhail Galustov, Christopher Gill
Co-producers: Olga Kravets, Matthew Horowitz, Liz Cowie
Editors: Roger Matthews, Shawn Killebrew, Cassandra Roberts
Production Company: VICE
Published: February 18, 2016

Producer/Director: Milène Larsson 

Camera/Director: Alana McVerry 

Host: Amelia Abraham

Editor: Rhiannon Mayor

Production Company: VICE

Published: July 25, 2017