• 00:00
    Politics

    In December 1991, the Russian tricolour replaced the hammer and sickle flying above the Kremlin. The Soviet Union ceased to exist. How did it happen? A new documentary, USSR Collapse: A Crash Course, looks into the fast-unfolding events of 1991, and key figures, for a better understanding of why the USSR fell and whether it was an inevitable process.

  • 01:00
    Health

    How does it feel to operate under shelling with limited resources? This is what Donbass doctors do every day as they attend to service members and civilians injured by the Ukrainian armed forces. They set up medical units in empty buildings, often destroyed, d do their best to save lives with the means they have and even manage to work up a smile. How do they make it work?

  • 01:30
    Military and War

    The YPJ is the women’s division of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units formed to fight against ISIS, RTD correspondents were given exclusive access to spend 3 weeks at their boot camp. The young women who train for combat there, decided not to leave their survival to fate but to fight for their lives and their future. For their enemy, being killed by a woman means going to hell.

  • 02:30
    Arts and Culture

    Few places in the world still teach fine arts the old way, where form is everything, but the St-Petersburg academy of fine arts is one of them.  It’s the oldest art school in Russia and students from all over the world dream of studying within its ancient walls, they believe it’s a place that sets the gold standard in teaching classic art. 

  • 03:00
    Cold War Weapons

    “At my court hearing, the federal prosecutor told the pure truth – thanks to my work, it seemed like the German Democratic Republic had its own embassy in NATO”, says KGB agent Rainer Rupp who worked at NATO headquarters in Brussels and managed to send over 10,000 copies of top-secret documents to Moscow. How did Rainer manage to hide camera and other spy devices from the security service for 12 years? And what other secret operations of Soviet and American intelligence were revealed after the end of Cold War?

  • 03:30
    Military and War

    Kiev has carried out numerous war crimes against civilians in Donbass. The Western media has kept silent or put blame on Russia. In the documentary, investigative journalists trace back major attacks on Donbass civilian residents perpetrated by the Kiev authorities. The film also shows how nationalist battalions became part of the Ukrainian Army and why the Western media turn a blind eye to Kiev’s war crimes.  

  • 04:30
    Taste of Russia

    It’s the battle of BBQs! Glen and Oscar have a cook off to see which style of barbecue is better – Russian or American. After scurrying around Moscow looking for the best meat, Glen throws a ribeye steak on the grill and Oscar works up a sweat making lamb shish kebabs and tandoori chicken. In the end, it’s clear they have very different ideas about how cooked is done.

  • 05:00
    Politics

    “Getting involved in the war, Europe is losing its true self, becoming NATO’s dumb little brother”, says Giorgio Bianchi, an Italian journalist. Now anti-NATO sentiment is common among Italians because they believe sending military aid to Ukraine means upholding the system which creates problems and unleashes wars all over the world. Italians are rightly asking: who is the real wrongdoer in this conflict?

  • 05:30
    Discovering Russia

    In 2022 two brand-new Russian icebreakers will operate on the Northern sea route. These ships can break through ice 118 inches thick, need no refuelling for decades, and travel at sea and along rivers. They opened a new era of Arctic sea economy — now there is a direct path between Northern Europe and Asia, bypassing all European seaports. What new opportunities can it bring?

  • 06:00
    Human Rights

    Albinos in Tanzania are frequently beaten and murdered simply because they are not like other people. People fear them. They are outcasts, treated with contempt.Their skin is a different colour. This is not a film about the African-American civil rights movement in the mid-20th century. These twenty six minutes tell the story of those with the misfortune to be born an albino in Africa today.

  • 06:30
    Arts and Culture

    Who needs art in wartime? The Syrian conflict made artists redundant. With RTD, meet those who are fighting for humanity with their own weapons: a street dancer who dares people to live out their dreams. A conscript who sculpted a tunnel where rebels made missiles. And a jazz orchestra conductor who came back to his homeland to realise his creative ideas.

  • 07:00
    Apocalypse Tomorrow

    Mountains of garbage have long been acknowledged as a monument to humanity's time on this Earth, now dubbed the Anthropocene era. It has had a disastrous effect on the environment, our health and society, but can anything be done to solve the global waste crisis? RTD travels across Europe to meet scientists and experts for an inside look at the issue of trash and strategies for reducing it.

  • 07:30
    Military and War

    Chechen units call themselves Akhmat Special forces, referring to Akhmat Kadyrov, the first President of the Chechen Republic inside the Russian Federation. In his speech to the troops sent to the frontlines of the special operation in Ukraine, the current Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, claimed Chechens are ready to do anything to stop neo-Nazis. ‘That is why we, the warriors of Allah, Putin’s foot soldiers, confirm that we are ready to go to any place, any country or location to obey any order of any complexity,’ Ramzan Kadyrov stated. Tune in for ‘Battle for Freedom: Akhmat’ Special forces to see them in action.

  • 08:00
    Travel and Adventure

    Hoping to inspire disabled children to aim high, three men with physical disabilities take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. At a towering 5895 m above sea level, the Tanzanian peak is the highest mountain in Africa.

  • 08:30
    Lifestyle

    Kondo Akihito is a Japanese man who married a Vocaloid hologram named Miku. Socially awkward and bullied at school, Akihiko was sure he’d never find a perfect match. His family and friends disapproved of his choice, but he was so happy he didn’t care. In the new documentary “I married a hologram”, Akihiko talks about his unconventional love story.

  • 08:45
    Meeting with Nature

    A Russian couple says they’re mum and dad to scores of wild animals they look after at a private rehabilitation centre.
    The Phoenix Centre in Central Russia takes in injured animals from across the country. Meet the wild and diverse Phoenix family to see how a former school teacher’s idea, became one of the best-known refuges in Russia.

  • 09:00
    Arts and Culture

    Art brut, or outsider art, is traditionally used for self-taught artists, creating art disregarding the normal expectations of society. PsychiARTry is a documentary about outsider art created by people with mental health conditions and facing emotional challenges. Raw and pure, their creativity helps them express their emotions in a non-destructive way. Artists speak of how painting and music become an outlet for their pent up emotions and helps them deal with frustration and suicidal thoughts.

  • 09:30
    Professions

    These young women chose an unconventional path for themselves. Katya is an aerobatics pilot, and Maria captains a Boeing 737. They fly different planes and have various reasons for joining aviation. But what they have in common is the love of the sky and what they do. Regardless of all the hardships, busy schedules, physical work, extended training and the constant risk of getting into a fatal accident, they say the feeling of freedom and a chance of seeing the sunrise from the cockpit trump any predicament. Find out more stories told by girls who decided to join aviation.

  • 10:00
    The Silk Road Series

    Modern China is a unique mix of cutting-edge technology and centuries-old tradition. It takes pride in its booming economy and rich cultural heritage. In many ways, China owes its complexity and versatility to the Silk Road, an ancient trade route established in the 2nd century BC that for hundreds of years initiated cross-cultural interaction between Eurasian civilisations.

  • 11:00
    Cold War Weapons

    “At my court hearing, the federal prosecutor told the pure truth – thanks to my work, it seemed like the German Democratic Republic had its own embassy in NATO”, says KGB agent Rainer Rupp who worked at NATO headquarters in Brussels and managed to send over 10,000 copies of top-secret documents to Moscow. How did Rainer manage to hide camera and other spy devices from the security service for 12 years? And what other secret operations of Soviet and American intelligence were revealed after the end of Cold War?

  • 11:30
    Society

    Twenty four years since being devastated by genocide, Rwanda has become a role model for women's rights in Africa, with female members of society now pursuing careers and taking on leadership roles. However, many poorer and less educated women have been unable to take advantage of their new rights and find their realities little changed. RTD spoke to both women in power and those in menial jobs to find out if gender equality has truly been achieved in Rwanda or whether it's still a work in progress.

  • 12:00
    Taste of Russia

    It’s the battle of BBQs! Glen and Oscar have a cook off to see which style of barbecue is better – Russian or American. After scurrying around Moscow looking for the best meat, Glen throws a ribeye steak on the grill and Oscar works up a sweat making lamb shish kebabs and tandoori chicken. In the end, it’s clear they have very different ideas about how cooked is done.

  • 12:30
    Politics

    In December 1991, the Russian tricolour replaced the hammer and sickle flying above the Kremlin. The Soviet Union ceased to exist. How did it happen? A new documentary, USSR Collapse: A Crash Course, looks into the fast-unfolding events of 1991, and key figures, for a better understanding of why the USSR fell and whether it was an inevitable process.

  • 13:30
    Health

    How does it feel to operate under shelling with limited resources? This is what Donbass doctors do every day as they attend to service members and civilians injured by the Ukrainian armed forces. They set up medical units in empty buildings, often destroyed, d do their best to save lives with the means they have and even manage to work up a smile. How do they make it work?

  • 14:00
    Military and War

    The YPJ is the women’s division of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units formed to fight against ISIS, RTD correspondents were given exclusive access to spend 3 weeks at their boot camp. The young women who train for combat there, decided not to leave their survival to fate but to fight for their lives and their future. For their enemy, being killed by a woman means going to hell.

  • 15:00
    Arts and Culture

    Few places in the world still teach fine arts the old way, where form is everything, but the St-Petersburg academy of fine arts is one of them.  It’s the oldest art school in Russia and students from all over the world dream of studying within its ancient walls, they believe it’s a place that sets the gold standard in teaching classic art. 

  • 15:30
    Military and War

    Kiev has carried out numerous war crimes against civilians in Donbass. The Western media has kept silent or put blame on Russia. In the documentary, investigative journalists trace back major attacks on Donbass civilian residents perpetrated by the Kiev authorities. The film also shows how nationalist battalions became part of the Ukrainian Army and why the Western media turn a blind eye to Kiev’s war crimes.  

  • 16:30
    Politics

    “Getting involved in the war, Europe is losing its true self, becoming NATO’s dumb little brother”, says Giorgio Bianchi, an Italian journalist. Now anti-NATO sentiment is common among Italians because they believe sending military aid to Ukraine means upholding the system which creates problems and unleashes wars all over the world. Italians are rightly asking: who is the real wrongdoer in this conflict?

  • 17:00
    Discovering Russia

    In 2022 two brand-new Russian icebreakers will operate on the Northern sea route. These ships can break through ice 118 inches thick, need no refuelling for decades, and travel at sea and along rivers. They opened a new era of Arctic sea economy — now there is a direct path between Northern Europe and Asia, bypassing all European seaports. What new opportunities can it bring?

  • 17:30
    Human Rights

    Albinos in Tanzania are frequently beaten and murdered simply because they are not like other people. People fear them. They are outcasts, treated with contempt.Their skin is a different colour. This is not a film about the African-American civil rights movement in the mid-20th century. These twenty six minutes tell the story of those with the misfortune to be born an albino in Africa today.

  • 18:00
    Arts and Culture

    Who needs art in wartime? The Syrian conflict made artists redundant. With RTD, meet those who are fighting for humanity with their own weapons: a street dancer who dares people to live out their dreams. A conscript who sculpted a tunnel where rebels made missiles. And a jazz orchestra conductor who came back to his homeland to realise his creative ideas.

  • 18:30
    Apocalypse Tomorrow

    Mountains of garbage have long been acknowledged as a monument to humanity's time on this Earth, now dubbed the Anthropocene era. It has had a disastrous effect on the environment, our health and society, but can anything be done to solve the global waste crisis? RTD travels across Europe to meet scientists and experts for an inside look at the issue of trash and strategies for reducing it.

  • 19:00
    Military and War

    Chechen units call themselves Akhmat Special forces, referring to Akhmat Kadyrov, the first President of the Chechen Republic inside the Russian Federation. In his speech to the troops sent to the frontlines of the special operation in Ukraine, the current Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, claimed Chechens are ready to do anything to stop neo-Nazis. ‘That is why we, the warriors of Allah, Putin’s foot soldiers, confirm that we are ready to go to any place, any country or location to obey any order of any complexity,’ Ramzan Kadyrov stated. Tune in for ‘Battle for Freedom: Akhmat’ Special forces to see them in action.

  • 19:30
    Travel and Adventure

    Hoping to inspire disabled children to aim high, three men with physical disabilities take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. At a towering 5895 m above sea level, the Tanzanian peak is the highest mountain in Africa.

  • 20:00
    Taste of Russia

    It’s the battle of BBQs! Glen and Oscar have a cook off to see which style of barbecue is better – Russian or American. After scurrying around Moscow looking for the best meat, Glen throws a ribeye steak on the grill and Oscar works up a sweat making lamb shish kebabs and tandoori chicken. In the end, it’s clear they have very different ideas about how cooked is done.

  • 20:30
    Lifestyle

    Kondo Akihito is a Japanese man who married a Vocaloid hologram named Miku. Socially awkward and bullied at school, Akihiko was sure he’d never find a perfect match. His family and friends disapproved of his choice, but he was so happy he didn’t care. In the new documentary “I married a hologram”, Akihiko talks about his unconventional love story.

  • 20:45
    Meeting with Nature

    A Russian couple says they’re mum and dad to scores of wild animals they look after at a private rehabilitation centre.
    The Phoenix Centre in Central Russia takes in injured animals from across the country. Meet the wild and diverse Phoenix family to see how a former school teacher’s idea, became one of the best-known refuges in Russia.

  • 21:00
    Professions

    These young women chose an unconventional path for themselves. Katya is an aerobatics pilot, and Maria captains a Boeing 737. They fly different planes and have various reasons for joining aviation. But what they have in common is the love of the sky and what they do. Regardless of all the hardships, busy schedules, physical work, extended training and the constant risk of getting into a fatal accident, they say the feeling of freedom and a chance of seeing the sunrise from the cockpit trump any predicament. Find out more stories told by girls who decided to join aviation.

  • 21:30
    Arts and Culture

    Art brut, or outsider art, is traditionally used for self-taught artists, creating art disregarding the normal expectations of society. PsychiARTry is a documentary about outsider art created by people with mental health conditions and facing emotional challenges. Raw and pure, their creativity helps them express their emotions in a non-destructive way. Artists speak of how painting and music become an outlet for their pent up emotions and helps them deal with frustration and suicidal thoughts.

  • 22:00
    The Silk Road Series

    Modern China is a unique mix of cutting-edge technology and centuries-old tradition. It takes pride in its booming economy and rich cultural heritage. In many ways, China owes its complexity and versatility to the Silk Road, an ancient trade route established in the 2nd century BC that for hundreds of years initiated cross-cultural interaction between Eurasian civilisations.

  • 23:00
    Taste of Russia

    Oscar and Glen visit Borodino, the scene of an epic battle between Napoleon and Russian Tsar Alexander I in 1812. After getting into the spirit of the time, the friends face off in a battlefield cooking competition. Oscar makes French onion soup and Glen learns to make a classic Russian army dish: buckwheat kasha with meat. 

  • 23:30
    Society

    Twenty four years since being devastated by genocide, Rwanda has become a role model for women's rights in Africa, with female members of society now pursuing careers and taking on leadership roles. However, many poorer and less educated women have been unable to take advantage of their new rights and find their realities little changed. RTD spoke to both women in power and those in menial jobs to find out if gender equality has truly been achieved in Rwanda or whether it's still a work in progress.

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