Russian Amish - Children of the Schism
They lead a quiet life out of public view and keep distant from worldly matters. Religious books written in the Old Slavonic language are studied and food is all homemade. Married women are obliged to cover their head, while men have beards. The length of their dresses, trousers and shirt sleeves is strictly regimented - most of the body is covered. Living, eating or praying together with lay people is out of the question. They are the Old Believers.
The Russian Noah
As Russian villages dwindle, one local postman is determined to deliver a bit of good to those who live far from the reaches of urban conveniences. Join RT as we see how his selflessness has earned him the reputation of being the builder of a modern Noah's Ark.
Brides by Force
It will hardly surprise anyone that bride-snatching is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, but when you look at sentencing, the reality paints a far different picture. A sheep's life is worth four times more than a young woman's. The custom - in which single young men kidnap their bride of choice and pressure them to agree to marriage - is very common in this country. But as RT's team has found out, this centuries-old tradition surprisingly has its passionate proponents as well as harsh critics.
Searching For A Miracle
Ivolginsky Datsan in Eastern Siberia is one of the major Buddhist temples in Russia. It is also home to Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov Lama, the chief figure of Russian Buddhism before the October Revolution in 1917. After being buried for decades, his body was exhumed, only to find that there were no signs of decay on his body. Now he is worshiped as sacred. The monastery is not just the final resting place for the everlasting lama, but also a new home for many ordinary people. The film tells the story of two young men from European Russia who turned to Buddhism in search of their goal in life, searching for a miracle.
Most people learn the tricks of a trade at college or university. Here in this institute you won't have to deal with lecturers, or find students sitting exams, and you can get an education here totally free. However, nobody will recommend that you apply to any of its faculties, because it is a penal colony. Yet the prisoners sometimes reveal hidden talents, learning new skills that will give them a better chance at a second life.
Tyva - Separated from Civilization
People of this Russian republic carefully keep up their old traditions like throat singing and wood carving. Shamanism is still practiced and they strongly believe in the power of their rituals. Separated far from civilization in Eastern Siberia, the residents mostly live in traditional dwellings, although there are some modern houses. Despite the rustic way of life, foreigners are nonetheless attracted to this land.
Couchsurfing - Traveling on Friendship
Meet David. He is a French former business and management student who worked as a sales representative for several years. Tsira is Georgian. She is an architect by profession, and has been living in St. Petersburg since she was 8 years old. Begz is from Mongolia. He works in the public library, and has a wife and four children. All three are united by one passion - traveling across the world in a very unique way.
Take a trip to the heart of Russia! With the help of RT's correspondent Sophie Shevardnadze, you'll see parts of the Moscow Kremlin hidden from public view; learn what the favourite dish of the Russian president is; meet the best young man of Russia; and hear the oldest chimes!
The Last Soviet In Afghanistan
An ex-Soviet soldier in Afghanistan hasn't returned to the motherland in more than 25 years. He remembers 1983 like it was yesterday: It was the height of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the USSR had brought a communist regime to power in the country and provided it with economic and military supported. He fought on the Soviet side of the conflict, but was captured by the Mujahideen. The ex-soldier now lives in Afghanistan, and has a wife and four children. Is this man a traitor to his country, or simply a victim of circumstance?
Kuril Islands - Russia's Eastern Frontier
They lie between the Sea of Okhotsk and the North Pacific Ocean. There are 56 of them with a total land area of about 15,600 square kilometers and a population of 19,000. Along with millions of seabirds, crabs and fish, the Ainu people were early inhabitants on these islands. Yet a long-running dispute over these territories still continues. They are the Kuril Islands - Russia's eastern frontier.
The Motherland Calls - Russia's symbol of victory
She stands 52 meters tall: six meters taller than the famous symbol of the United States. She weighs 8,000 tons. The Guinness Book of Records called her the tallest sculpture in the world at the time of construction. Two hundred steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad, lead from the bottom of the hill to the monument. She is Russia's symbol of victory.
Forever Young - Russian scientists reveal secret of eternal life
How long can a man live? Does he use all the resources? How do you extend your life? What's the secret? Travel back in time and learn what crazy things people used to do to look younger in ancient times. Nowadays, the answer to the everlasting question CAN be found! Meet the scientists, film directors, members of an Abkhazian long-livers choir and find out the recipe of immortality.
Top quality diamonds at knock down prices? The only catch is: these rocks don't come out of the ground, but are made in a lab. This is the promise offered by a series of recent scientific breakthroughs.
For most of us, it seems we may soon be able to bejewel ourselves like movie stars. But for De Beers, the world's largest diamond trader, could this, one day, be a serious threat?
Following a dodgy meeting in Moscow, retired US Army General Carter Clarke acquired some experimental diamond growing machines, originally destined for the Russian military. He created the world's first gem diamond production line, to mass produce highly prized coloured diamonds.
In a secret location south of Boston, a father and son team developed a different technique. Robert Linares and son Bryant have made colourless diamonds, allegedly higher quality than those found in nature.
De Beers, at vast cost, set up a new scientific division called the Gem Defensive Programme. Its goal: to find ways to tell apart their natural diamonds from these new synthetic gems.
But will the new synthetics slip through De Beers detection net? And could anyone really tell the difference? Horizon tells the story of the Diamond Labs.