MOSCOW — A little girl in pink has become an internet hero in Russia after making a menacing gesture at the governor of the Moscow region as he sought to calm a protest over a toxic landfill whose emissions have sickened dozens.

Wearing a pink ski cap and bright jacket, Tanya Lozova was caught on cameras pointing her finger in a cut-throat gesture at Gov. Andrei Vorobyov.

At the time, the politician was promising furious protesters Wednesday that he would quickly deal with the problems of the landfill in the town of Volokolamsk, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Moscow.

Nearly 60 children were hospitalized the same day with symptoms of gas poisoning.

Tanya told Dozhd TV late Thursday that her gesture was meant to say “You are killing us!” The 10-year old said she wants the landfill to close so “people finally could breathe fresh air.”

On Friday, the governor dismissed the head of the Volokolamsk district.

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