Kok Boru is an ancient sport played with a dead goat. Similar to polo, two teams on horseback compete for control of its body and are rewarded for scoring goals at either end of a large field. While other games have evolved into sanitised modern versions, this ancient nomadic tradition is still thriving in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan.
It was the start of the new season for the KHL. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl was expected to claim victory over Dynamo Minsk team. But the fans' excitement was suddenly overrun by a tragic event: on the way to Minsk, the whole team perished in a plane crash.
For over 25 years, six friends pushed the limits, making the most challenging BASE jumps imaginable. No building was too tall, no jump too risky, no environment too extreme. Zooming through canyons in wingsuits like birds in flight, the daredevils felt unbridled joy and freedom. Over four years, half would pay the ultimate price for their addiction to flight.
At the Russian-Ukrainian border, RT Spanish correspondent Bricio Segovia and his colleague from RT Arabic, Anna Knishenko, interview people still living there despite the fact that many of the neighbouring houses were destroyed by bombing. Meanwhile in Berlin, correspondent Peter Oliver's girlfriend has a surprise for him on his day off.
In the shadow of an active volcano, crushing poverty, and sporadic wars, Charlie Makongo founded a cycling club in the Congolese city of Goma to give its youth a beacon of hope. Concentrating on training distracts the boys from their harsh everyday lives and keeps them from joining armed groups. But a menacing cloud hangs over the project: Nyiragono is due for another eruption.
Members of the Goma Cycling Club in the Democratic Republic of Congo rise at dawn to train. It’s the safest time to be out on the roads in a city where drivers pay scant attention to bicycles. Many of the boys dream of becoming professional cyclists to escape the poverty and violence that dominates their lives. They push themselves to the limit to make it happen.
As the city of Sochi prepares for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games, volunteers across the country are preparing to help the city greet the world. Join RTDoc’s James Brown as he meets the people volunteering their time for an event of international significance.
Irina Viner is a legendary Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach. Her athletes have won a myriad of accolades in the biggest international competitions. Take a look behind the scenes of their incredible performances and find out what it takes to train star gymnasts.
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!
They can hold their breath for several minutes and slow their heartrate to almost nothing. Free divers plunge to incredible depths with no scuba gear. They push themselves to the limit to break new records but despite the serious risks involved, they can’t resist the call of the deep.