They are often called Europe’s last barbarians. Photographic and video images recording their centuries-old activities have shocked people. Despite the international controversy that surrounds their traditional and bloody slaughter of pilot whales, the Faroese claim they have the right to continue doing it. But why?
As international interest in the Arctic grows, Russia is resuming development of Franz Josef Land, its polar territory situated only 900 km from the North Pole. RT Doc takes a look at the lives of the people laying the foundations for a new town here, while living next door to a group of curious polar bears.
Working at a mine is hard and oftentimes dangerous. It involves dealing with heavy machinery and explosions. It also involves a joint collaboration of professionals with different skills and jobs. Many of them are women. Meet the ladies who do what many would consider a job reserved for tough men.
It's dirty, demanding and highly dangerous, but in Russia coal mining is a multi-billion dollar business. Join James Brown as he travels to the Kuzbass, Russia's coal basin to see what it takes to work in an industry that employs more than 100,000 people, but which still claims lives every year.
On the icy island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean, people are outnumbered by polar bears and snowmobiles are used rather than cars. In addition to the Norwegians who maintain nominal control of Spitsbergen, the island is home to the Russian mining community of Barentsburg, a "company town" that is run by Arktikugol, a Russian state coal mining company.