Residents of a block of flats are angry after a combination of a broken drain and sub-zero temperatures left them with a tower of frozen raw sewage in their building.
Families living in the building in the town of Serov, in central Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast region, say the icicle of frozen urine and faeces is a public health hazard.
They have lodged a formal complaint with local housing chiefs and are demanding urgent repair works to resolve the unsightly problem.
Residents of the block say the tower of smelly brown ice gets bigger by the day and they have now taken their case to the public prosecutor and local health watchdogs.
They have also been posting pictures of the problem on social media. The images clearly show that the building is in a poor state of repair.
The problem reportedly started in one of the flats where sewage started leaking from a broken pipe but residents say it escalated after housing chiefs failed to act.
Resident Lyubov Keller said: "This is disgusting - it's just frozen urine and faeces.
"There is also a lot of mould in the hall. We try not to let our children out too much, as we are afraid the ceiling might collapse."
Ms Keller added that during the day the frozen sewage would start to melt making the smell intolerable, severely affecting her asthma.
Despite complaining to the local housing department, health watchdogs and prosecutors, the residents are still waiting for any action to be taken.
Meanwhile, as the frozen sewage icicle gets bigger and bigger, they are praying for a resolution before the warmer weather comes.