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Discovering Russia 02 October 2013 25 1027
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.
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!
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.
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?
People living in the tundra are accustomed to a nomadic life. Their homes are ascetic, food is basic, and deers are their everything. They don’t watch TV or use the Internet. However, their children do go to boarding schools, but not all parents are in favor of them. Find out more about life and education out on the tundra on RTDoc.
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.
Shoina is a village drowned up to the waist in sand. Its denizens are quite fatalistic about it, and their only means of protection is leaving their door open for the night, as they can never be sure if they can open it in the morning.