Russia Close-Up

  • Traditional reindeer racing competition (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Danichev)
    ­The Yamalo-Nenets region is bigger than France, and half of its territory lies within the Arctic Circle.The winter there lasts eight months a year, which means only few species can survive the harsh conditions.Reindeer and fish mean everything for...
  • Russia Close-Up
    Vast and varied, Russia is simply too big for a whistle-stop tour to understand how it ticks. So let Russia Close-Up help. It's a unique series on RT, travelling to hard-to-reach places, revealing the answers to all your questions. What are the people like? How do they live? What special customs and traditions do they have? What are their hopes and fears? It's essential viewing for those who want an in-depth and personal understanding of the everyday life of local people, seen through their eyes and words. The Russia Close-Up team wants to make you feel at home in Russia's cities, towns and villages. So sit back and enjoy the ride, without the airfare!
  • Traditional reindeer racing competition (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Danichev)
    Life beyond the Arctic Circle: Between reindeer and fish
    ­The Yamalo-Nenets region is bigger than France, and half of its territory lies within the Arctic Circle.The winter there lasts eight months a year, which means only few species can survive the harsh conditions.Reindeer and fish mean everything for...
  • Grim history behind transport building riddle
    ‘Road of death’: Grim history behind transport building riddle
    ­The debilitating cold of the Yamalo-Nenets region has for decades taught authorities that building a permanent transport infrastructure there is mission impossible.It is no coincidence that part of the region's name, Yamal, means “the end of the...
  • Medical help from above
    Russia’s Far North: Medical help from above
    ­Russia’s Arctic Far North, one of the country's most remote regions, is an area so hard to get to that medical help has taken to the skies. For the people living hours from the nearest village or hospital, a team of helicopter medics has become...
  • King of bling: Kostroma’s jewel citizenship
    Russia`s jewelry capital, the city of Kostroma, is home to both large jewelry factories and individual craftsmen, who produce the finest jewels in the country.Gold, diamonds, rubies and just about any other precious and semi-precious stone you can...
  • Hidden treasure of the Urals
    ­Gemstones from Russia’s Ural Mountains have fueled many fairytales and legends. But now, beautiful tales are all that's left of the once-rich gemstone mines, with most precious stones now imported to the region from abroad.First accounts of rich...
  • An AN-124 (Ruslan) transport aircraft. (RIA Novosti / S. Balakleev)
    Lenin’s birthplace: City of high fliers
    The birthplace of communist leader Vladimir Lenin, the city of Ulyanovsk, is now known as “Russia’s Aviation Capital”, making passenger planes and teaching the pilots of tomorrow. Originating back in the 1970s, Ulyanovsk’s passenger plane...
  • A coal stacker in Khabarovsk Region, Far East
    Past and future meet on Khabarovsk coast
    The Khabarovsk Region in Russia’s Far East is the country’s main gateway to the Pacific. It is also a center for coal and wood exports to the heavily-populated and fuel-hungry Asian economies, including China, South Korea and Japan.­As RT...
  • With old ways forgotten, indigenous communities turn desperate
    With old ways forgotten, indigenous communities turn desperate
    Khabarovsk Region, in the country's Far East, is home to Russians, Ukrainians, Tartars and even Koreans. The area's indigenous population is adapting to a shrinking world, where cultures and people increasingly mix.­RT has been to Khabarovsk to...
  • Timber barons wreak devastation in Russia’s Far East
    ­Russia’s coastal region on the border with China, some 8,000 kilometres from Moscow, is the meeting point of two mighty rivers – the Amur and the Ussuri. It harbors some of the most incredible habitats for the country’s wildlife.But the...
  • Wrestling with football passion: Dagestan’s sporting salvation
    Russia’s republic of Dagestan often makes headlines for violence. But there are other battles away from the front line that many hope the region will one day be remembered for. ­For centuries this area has been renowned for its strong and brave...