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Discovering Russia 02 October 2013 23 608
To those that live there, Spasso-Kamenny Island, which is home to a monastery that was built in the 13th century, is a sacred place. An architect and an engineer, both named Alexander, sought about restoring the monastery in the 1990's after it had been abandoned for decades. Their decision to do so changed their lives and gave them a new sense of purpose. The family of the engineer, Alexander Pligin, recounts their stories of him and his labour of love restoring the monastery; a task his son remains dedicated to completing alongside his friends and others in search of redemption.
Sometimes we all feel like keeping a distance from everyone else, retreating to a remote corner of the world and living like a hermit. Few of us ever actually do it though. This young fisherwoman from the icy island of Sakhalin has opted for a life of solitude but was it really a choice?
Where can you take to the snowy slopes in a bikini? Welcome to Russia! RT Doc’s Peter Scott explores some of the craziest things to do in Russia: from festivals on snowy mountains to a smash room ready to be destroyed. Nothing gets in the way of his madcap fun, not even a broken leg!
A writer steps in to save the identity of his people. The Nivkh are Russia’s Northern people, native to the island of Sakhalin. After their territory was discovered first by Russian, then Japanese explorers, their culture and language were put on the brink of extinction. Now, their chief has a plan for how they might be restored.
Take your wishes and prayers straight to the sky with a charmed blue scarf. Dance to the music of a fiddle strung with horse hairs. Fall asleep to tales of invincible epic heroes. But if you are disrespectful of their holy tokens - don't count on the spirits' mercy.
James Brown explores the Stavropol Region, home to some of Russia's most renown natural springs and health spas, where he takes a mud bath, lifts weights in Russia's oldest gym, learns how to paraglide goes mountain biking, plays the organ, visits a Greek lyre-maker, and meets Vladimir Putin's prize horse before scaling a cliff.
It's a long way to Khatystyr, but Roman must hurry as the whole village depends on him, especially a hurt reindeer who needs antibiotics brought from Yakutsk to survive, much like the reindeer are essential for the local Evenk people's existence.