Produced by Vadim Kondakov
06 September 2019
Vox Pop: Ahead Of Sept. 8 Vote, Russians Divided On Protests
As Russia heads into national local and regional elections on September 8, what do ordinary voters make of the country's 2019 summer of protest? Journalist Vadim Kondakov, host of Current Time’s Unknown Russia series, took to the streets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg to find out.
06 March 2017
Yakutia's Ice Fighters: Setting Siberian Ships Free
In Russia’s northeastern Sakha-Yakutia region, nearly 8,470 kilometers east of Moscow, ice both provides a living and makes for a daunting barrier. The region’s supply corridor, the Lena River, is iced over for six months a year. That means that workers need to know how to cut through thick ice in winter to repair ships for the spring. Unknown Russia traveled to the town of Zhatay to learn how it is done.
23 November 2016
Unknown Russia: Probing The Heavens
Unknown Russia travels to Nizhny Arkhyz, high in the Caucasus Mountains, to see Ratan-600, the world's largest radio telescope, and BTA-6, a gigantic optical telescope considered a scientific marvel. The Soviet-era astrophysical observatory that contains the two telescopes supplies most of Russia's information about optical and radio astronomy, according to the Russian Academy of Sciences, but, today, struggles to overcome financial constraints.