Produced by Harutyun Mansuryan
22 April 2021
Neutrino Hunters Use Lake Baikal's Depths In Search For Mysterious Particles
Far below the ice of Lake Baikal in Siberia lies a telescope used to search for neutrinos. These cosmic particles can pass through the Earth undetected, but in rare cases they emit radiation that can be measured in large bodies of water.
09 April 2021
'Am I Really Still Alive?' A Hunter's Story Of Survival In Siberia
Sergei Sazanakov was hunting in Russia's Khakassia region when an accident left him trapped in the snow overnight. He lost his lower legs to frostbite, and later had to fight for his children in court after his wife left him. But Sazanakov has learned how to run his farm and care for his family.
25 March 2021
Residents Of Crumbling Moscow Factory Dorms Fight Eviction
Thousands of Moscow factory workers have been forced out of company housing over the years as plants closed their dormitories or shut down altogether. But some families have stayed on despite barely livable conditions, and are fighting in court for their right to decent housing.
19 March 2021
Dangerous Wealth: Russians Fear Contamination From Uranium Fields
Russia's remote Kurgan region, near Kazakhstan, is the location of about one-sixth of the country's uranium reserves. A subsidiary of the state nuclear agency is expanding its operations there. But for many local residents, the growth of the mines means not greater wealth, but greater dangers.
14 March 2021
Ice For Sale: Siberian Tatars Carry On A Centuries-Old Tradition
In an ethnic Tatar village in Russia's Omsk region, drinking water comes from the ice of a local lake, which is cut in winter, carried, and stored for year-round use. It's a good business for those who do the hard work of collecting the ice.
12 February 2021
The Tiny Russian Village That Lives In A Five-Story Building
Almost the entire population of the tiny village of Karmadon has lived for decades in a five-story building. After the Georgian-Ossetian conflict in the early 1990s, many of the villagers lost their jobs in the nearby sanatorium.
01 February 2021
Abandoned Homes, Crumbling Infrastructure In A Dying Russian Town
Syava was once a thriving town of 10,000 people some 730 kilometers east of Moscow. But it's dying. After the main factory went bankrupt, rail service stopped, the main hospital closed, and the streets are lined with abandoned houses.
25 December 2020
The Circum-Baikal Railway: A 'Golden' Treasure Of Russian Transport
The Circum-Baikal Railway was a feat of engineering when it was built during the reign of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II. Today, the route beside the world's deepest lake is used more for tourism than for transportation, but it still inspires visitors with its stunning views.
17 December 2020
Mysteries Of The Tunguska Meteorite In Siberia's Thinning Forests
Siberia's Evenk region is larger than any European country but it is home to only around 17,000 people. It's so vast and remote that scientists have spent decades searching and failing to find one of the largest meteorites ever to fall to Earth -- the Tunguska meteorite.
01 December 2020
Soil To Sand: The Desertification Of Russia's Nogai Steppe
Desertification and overgrazing are threatening the Nogai steppe in the Russia's Republic of Daghestan. The way of life for the ethnic Nogai people is at risk as shifting sand dunes swallow up pastures, farmland, and even homes.
25 September 2020
Perilous Path: Death Trail To A Remote Kyrgyz Village
A dangerous mountain trail is the only direct route that connects the remote southern Kyrgyz village of Zardaly to the outside world. Every year, people and cattle plummet from the cliffs, but locals continue to use the perilous path because they have no other choice.
09 September 2020
Activists Save Hill From Mining In Russia's Bashkortostan Region
After weeks of protests, environmental activists in Russia's central Bashkortostan region have won a battle to protect Kushtau Hill from mining. The Bashkir Soda Company had planned to mine limestone from the site. But activists say the hill is a natural treasure and home to many endangered species.
05 August 2020
Scallops And Solitude: Life In Russia's Remote Far East
09 July 2020
Trash Talk: Cleaning Up A Siberian Village With A Glut Of Garbage
A Siberian village, Tayezhnyy, was swamped with trash when Ilona Domracheva moved there. She didn't like what she saw and, in a short time, she mobilized the community to help clean up. She may have won a battle, but the war on waste goes on.
11 June 2020
An Abandoned Russian Base's Failing Fortunes