Travel to the sea of Okhotsk to visit the islands where a human population of just seven live cheek by jowl with 200 bears. Meet the killer whales and brave a climate so severe that icebergs linger through the summer and September sees the first snows.
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.
In Russia, every schoolchild knows the name of Aleksey Maresyev. The legendary WWII fighter pilot’s heroic story was retold in a 1948 book, “The story of a real man”. After his plane was shot down by Nazi fire, he survived in the Russian wilderness for 18 days with broken legs and found his way to safety. Despite losing both legs in hospital, he still convinced doctors and military commanders that he should continue to fly. His example helped many who might otherwise have given up, some handicapped pilots say it inspired them to survive and continue with their careers.
Corvette Soobrazitelny and submarine Magnitogorsk both reach the training battle area. And now, after all the preparation and planning, it’s time to show what their crews are capable of. They’ll be trying to outsmart each other using all resources available to them, including amphibious armoured vehicles and torpedoes. Each team is determined to win this battle.
Captain Nagornov’s tactic aboard the Magnitogorsk is to sneak up on the corvette underwater. Meanwhile, captain Slonov’s corvette is preparing a surprise for its enemy – the marines in armoured vehicles are ready to be deployed in the water. But, as the military exercise commences, the two teams notice the presence of a third party: a mysterious aircraft that seems to have its own agenda.
After finishing their combat vehicle training, the marines begin preparing for a parachute jump. At the same time, the corvette Soobrazitelny crew members practice their underwater de-mining techniques one final time, while submarine Magnitogorsk enlists the help of a reconnaissance aircraft. The time has come for the two Baltic Fleet vessels to test their military prowess against each other!
When Valery Malkov fell off a train in -40 wearing nothing but slippers and joggers, he could only survive if he ran for miles, as fast as he could, to the nearest station. A minute's delay and he could freeze to death. In this documentary we follow his story and look into how our body adapts to extreme temperatures.
It’s spring cleaning time aboard the Magnitogorsk. The submarine has to look its best for the upcoming stand-off with corvette Soobrazitelny. The captain of the latter, Aleksandr Slonov, pays a friendly visit to his old friend and soon-to-be rival, Vladimir Nagornov. To fire up their competitive spirit, the teams of both vessels decide to play a football match.
The crew of submarine Magnitogorsk receive the results of their exams and find out who of them are the brainiest. On board the corvette Soobrazitelny, lieutenant Karakash is getting ready for an exam as well. The results may influence his career. Meanwhile, the marines continue their training in an armoured vehicle: today they’ll be firing from the cannon.
While the crew of corvette Soobrazitelny is painting their ship ahead of the big parade, their brothers in arms, the marines, learn to drive an armoured vehicle. The Magnitogorsk submarine, meanwhile, is navigating the Kaliningrad Sea Canal – a narrow manmade canal created back in 1901, a task that demands much skill and precision.