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Discovering Russia 11 March 2013 29 813
Welcome to Murmansk, the northernmost part of Russia! Aside from the freezing-cold winter temperatures, Murmansk enjoys the beauty of the aurora borealis, which lights up the region's long winter nights. This miracle of nature is caused when charged particles collide with atoms high in the Earth’s atmosphere. Find out more about this wonder, and how to spend time in the Murmansk region while waiting for the next natural light show!
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.
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.
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.
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.