Artyom was born in 1980, and graduated from Izhevsk Technical University in 2004 with a degree in engineering. He has worked as an editor, designer and director, joining RT’s documentary department in 2005. Over his career, he has made more than a hundred documentaries on themes such as ecology, social events and war.
His films have won several awards. Among them: the silver prize at the New York Festivals Awards in 2008, the Grand Prix at the Khanty-Mansiysk Eco Festival in 2008 (for "Saving the Amur Tiger"), and a nomination in the "society" category at the World Mountain Documentary Festival in 2014 (for "My son, Ex-terrorist")
RT Doc film crew follows a medical team in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic as they rush between areas hit by shelling to rescue the wounded. Risking their lives daily, the doctors treat civilians, DPR fighters and Ukrainian soldiers alike – in their eyes, they're all patients in need of urgent help.
South Sudan in Africa has been in a state of civil war since 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people have fallen victim to the ongoing hostilities. The desolation of war has brought famine to this normally fertile land. In this drastic situation, an international team at a Red Cross hospital in the town of Kodok fights to save the lives of those wounded, ill, or starving, as well as help reunite families separated by the conflict.
For 100 years, Jharia town in India has lived on top of a perpetually burning coal field. Once green and beautiful, the region is now scorched and barren, while its people are suffering from respiratory diseases. Despite the danger, most families daren’t relocate because coal provides their only means of income.
E-waste (discarded electronic appliances) is often shipped by developed nations to poorer countries such as Ghana. Locals call its most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie, “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while child labour and criminal gangs are also rife.
When kids are accused of witchcraft in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo, they’re thrown out of their homes. They beg and steal in the streets, where might is right. The aim of the country’s first centre for homeless children is to bring them back to their families. But superstition in Congolese society is hard to combat.
The old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has a very literal meaning for the residents of one small town on the outskirts of Cairo in Egypt. Zabbaleen is home to a large community of rubbish collectors who gather and sort all of the capital’s waste. The process provides work for whole families.
The National Agricultural Exhibition Centre in Moscow, known as VDNKh, is a unique heritage of the Soviet era and a magnificent architectural and park complex unparalleled in the world. Built in the late 1930s to showcase the victories of collective farming, it boasts the works of the best artists and sculptors of the time.
An estimated 290,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide in 20 years. Small farms used to be the country’s economic backbone but now, owners drown in debt. Many blame GMO cotton for the failing farms, having cornered the market and replaced organic crops; it has failed to live up to expectations.
Bright outfits, accessories, and evening make-up... On an Indian street of red lanterns, girls as young as 14 dance for male patrons. But behind the ‘dancing’ lurks prostitution. The girls’ stories are varied: some need the money; others were sold into sex slavery, or coerced into ‘dancing’ by beatings. Every evening, they wait for customers to come choose which girl will entertain them that night.
Swinging new-borns by their feet and forcing toddlers to dive – Russian PE teacher, Elena Fokina, has adopted an unconventional approach to child development at her school in Dahab, Egypt. Her critics say these methods border on abuse. But Elena insists that kids raised this way become strong, agile and independent.
This is not a battlefield and they are not at war. But these are boys that wish to become men. To achieve this, they have to go through difficult challenges that will put their abilities and determination to the test. Their goal is to earn the right to wear the symbol of the Russian Special Forces – the crimson beret.
In one of the most poverty-stricken slums in Kenya’s capital, elderly women are increasingly preyed upon by young men who believe that raping them can cure HIV. Things are starting to change, however. With the launch of self-defence courses, women are learning physical and psychological techniques to thwart predators, empowering victims to venture outside again.
An Italian activist wants to hold NATO to account for harm she says it has caused around the world. Marinella Correggia likens her personal fight to a little donkey taking on a tyrannosaurus. Donkeys though, can be extremely stubborn.
Those born with artistic taste and a love of all beauty were doomed if they were born in the Soviet Union. Practicality and uniformity dictated all spheres of life, including fashion. Our heroes begged to differ, becoming the vivid flecks on the Iron Curtain’s drab surface.
The fires have been put out in central Kiev and Ukraine's elected president has fled. But while some cheer the ouster of what they saw as a corrupt regime, others fear far worse from those who have seized power. As volunteers queue to defend Crimea from Euromaidan's victors, many are asking: does Crimea belong in Ukraine, or could it become part of Russia?
Ukrainian civilians are fleeing from the horrors of war, crossing the border into Russia. They share first-hand accounts of indiscriminate violence and atrocities of a military conflict that forced them to leave all they had behind and seek shelter in a foreign country.
Kok Boru is an ancient sport played with a dead goat. Similar to polo, two teams on horseback compete for control of its body and are rewarded for scoring goals at either end of a large field. While other games have evolved into sanitised modern versions, this ancient nomadic tradition is still thriving in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan.
After the slaughter of the nineties, Kosovo's Serbs and Albanians are separated by far more than physical barriers. The scars of war run deeper than the river Ibar between the two communities. We meet the people trying to build a bridge over these troubled waters.
Pianist Vladislav Teterin’s foundation, 'World of Art', is a very special charity for disabled children. It gives young singers and musicians a chance to shine on stage and to show the whole world that their physical disabilities are no barrier to them developing their talents.
As the city of Sochi prepares for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games, volunteers across the country are preparing to help the city greet the world. Join RTDoc’s James Brown as he meets the people volunteering their time for an event of international significance.