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Admiral nakhimov death
This is a film about one of the worst shipwrecks in the history of Russian navy. Sixteen years ago, late on August 31, 1986, sea-liner “Admiral Nakhimov” collided with bulk carrier “Petr Vasev” and sank almost immediately within just two miles off the shore. The death toll climbed to 800. Alexander Gabnis’ film is an attempt to uncover the true cause of that catastrophe?
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This is a film about one of the worst shipwrecks in the history of Russian navy. Sixteen years ago, late on August 31, 1986, sea-liner “Admiral Nakhimov”...
Atomic people
20 years ago the fourth reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power station burst up on 26 April 1986. The scale of the disaster is still hard to determine. Do Chernobyl mutants exist in reality? What happens to a person who was born or lives in the contaminated area? NTV Broadcasting Company carried out its own investigation. A girl from Uvelye village of Bryanskaya area (which was radio-contaminated) was brought to Moscow where she underwent medical examination in the best Moscow clinics. Is the child’s valve defect a consequence of Chernobyl or a congenital disease? Alexey Pobortsev’s film Atomic People shows different sides of the tragedy. What caused the disaster? Why did the world learn about the atomic tragedy in the USSR from Swedish reports? How far did the atomic cloud move? What was reported from Chernobyl to Moscow and what decisions were taken on the highest level? See the exclusive interview with Mikhail Gorbachev. How much of radioactive fuel is left under Chernobyl sarcophagus? Unique video from inside the reactor, interviews with stalkers who examined the reactor inside. Personnel of the plant, liquidators, military officers who raised the red flag over the fourth reactor, medical men, academicians and scientists recollect the events which happened 20 years ago in Alexey Pobortsev’s Atomic People.
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20 years ago the fourth reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power station burst up on 26 April 1986. The scale of the disaster is still hard to determine. Do...
Defeated death
A documentary series about the people who found themselves hanging between life and death, and who, however, won the vicious fight in spite of everything. Fires and floods, earthquakes and technological disasters sweep off hundreds and thousands of people. Nevertheless, happy outcomes do happen even under such tragic circumstances.

Each episode of the cycle – is a complete story about the strength of will and love of life, the story about overcoming. In order to demonstrate, how the impossible happened, the authors of the film use detailed reconstruction of events by using pyrotechnic facilities and engage the best stunt men. The presenter Sergey Polyansky, the legendary “voice of NTV” is not a “stand-by” observer, as he will have to survive together with the heroes in order to open the secret of their unique experience.

Amazing stories of rescue, fascinating contexture of destinies, bright revelations of the people who lived through their second birth in the documentary series “Defeated Death”
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A documentary series about the people who found themselves hanging between life and death, and who, however, won the vicious fight in spite of everything...
K-141: countdown
The tragedy in the Barents sea… What really happened to the “Kursk” submarine? Why did the planned play-war of the North Fleet result in a catastrophe? Why did Russia decline any foreign help for so long? The documentary “K-141: Countdown” is an attempt to answer numerous questions asked after the accident. It is the story of the “Kursk” nuclear submarine from its construction up to the sinking of the vessel. It is the chronicle of the disaster and it presents commentaries by the authorities, the recollections by friends and relatives of the crew of the most powerful Russian submarine.
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The tragedy in the Barents sea… What really happened to the “Kursk” submarine? Why did the planned play-war of the North Fleet result in a catastrophe?...
Kursk. The last mooring
October is an ill-famed month in Russia. This week, the last decade of October is devoted to memorial of submariners who served on Kursk. The bodies of captain-lieutenant Dmitry Kozhevnikov and senior lieutenant Alexei Brazhin were raised to the surface on 20 October. Submarine Kursk reached its last mooring on 25 October 2001. Not many expected that this unique operation would come out a success. No submarine has ever been raised from such depth and after such crash. Most companies didn't dare go for it: it was too dangerous, expensive and labour-consuming. Others considered the submarine as the grave of the submariners. Who and how raised the submarine? This film is about responsibility and burden, honour and dignity, courage and fortitude and about tragic and tense days of October of 2000 and 2001.
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October is an ill-famed month in Russia. This week, the last decade of October is devoted to memorial of submariners who served on Kursk. The bodies...
Wreck of the battleship
On October 29, 1955 on the roadstead of Sebastopol bay, one of the largest disasters in the history of the national navy after the WW2 occured.
“Novorossiysk” battleship (former Italian battleship Julius Cesar), the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet squadron, was at anchor 150 meters off the shore. At 1.30 a.m. sharp, at the rostrum starboard of the ship an explosion of an unknown origin occurred. The explosion was so extraordinarily powerful that all of the decks were broken through. The battleship took a list, and the water started to inundate one compartment after another. The crew at “Novorossiysk” desperately fought for the survival of the ship. Urgently, emergency teams arrived from the ships in the roads nearby. The entire command of the Black Sea Fleet, including admiral Victor Parkhomenko, arrived to the sinking ship, but even the top officers failed to properly arrange the activities of the battleship salvation. None of the sailors and officers left their action stations, even though with every single minute the chance to escape diminished. The command never ordered the evacuation of the crew. In over two hours the battleship overturned and sank with entire Sebastopol watching the scene.
Officially, there were 609 victims. But some data suggests that the real casualties exceeded 1000. Some seamen could swim to the shore, others were walled up alive within the hull. The rescuers could only get 7 sailors out of their iron captivity, two more were saved by the frogmen almost three days later.
Until now, nobody knows anything about the cause of the battleship wreck. Any materials relating to the case were immediately classified, and they still are in the archives with “Top Secret" mark. Officially, the cause of the explosion was German ground mine, but many doubt it was so.
The documentary reconstructs the struggle for saving the ship and the crew, tells about the sailoring those days, and offers other enigmatic versions of the event. The sailors and officers who survived that night, tell what happened then.
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On October 29, 1955 on the roadstead of Sebastopol bay, one of the largest disasters in the history of the national navy after the WW2 occured. “Novorossiysk”...
“K-8”. A secret monument
On April 10, 1970, during the “Ocean” navy manoeuvre in the Bay of Biscay, a fire started at the “K-8” nuclear submarine. That was the first calamity at a nuclear submarine of the Russian navy. The valour and heroism of the crew allowed to rescue 43 people.
Peter Petrov, former junior navigator at “K-8”, Gennady Simakov, an officer of the submarine, and Oleg Fadeev, assistant to the captain of “K-8”, all recollect those events.
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On April 10, 1970, during the “Ocean” navy manoeuvre in the Bay of Biscay, a fire started at the “K-8” nuclear submarine. That was the first calamity at...
Profession: reporter / ¹19 Chernobyl. Tragedy and Business
The tragedy of Chernobyl. The contaminated zone has expanded by four thousand kilometers over the 10 years that passed since the catastrophe. Elena Masyuk describes the consequences of the accident and the present-day Chernobyl atomic power plant.
11.03.99
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The tragedy of Chernobyl. The contaminated zone has expanded by four thousand kilometers over the 10 years that passed since the catastrophe. Elena Masyuk...
Profession: reporter / ¹52 Return of the “Red October”
NTV’s shooting crew were the first to set foot on board a Taifun submarine. Nuclear submarine commanders tell about their underpaid jobs and their responsibility for the terrible weapon which can destroy half a planet in several minutes.
29.10.99
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NTV’s shooting crew were the first to set foot on board a Taifun submarine. Nuclear submarine commanders tell about their underpaid jobs and their responsibility...
Profession: reporter / ¹56 Life Among Graves
The Armenian town of Spitak was destroyed by the 1988 earthquake. The town crumbled within a minute, 4000 people were buried beneath the debris. The program describes the today’s life of the witnesses of the tragedy. After 11 years they still think the mourning will last forever. Everyone of them is tortured by the question: why was the town destroyed?
03.12.99
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The Armenian town of Spitak was destroyed by the 1988 earthquake. The town crumbled within a minute, 4000 people were buried beneath the debris. The program...
Top secret. information for consideration / 65. She’s Drowned
1. A report about Artyom Borovik.2. KURSK: an anniversary of the submarine’s death. Consideration of a version of Kursk’s collision with a US submarine. Reports includes amateur video tapes of the submarine’s commander and crew members. Participants: Admiral Valentin Polikarovsky; captain Vitaly Dotsenko; captain Mikhail Volzhensky; Nikolay Cherkashin, author of the book about the Kursk submarine.
(13.09.01)
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1. A report about Artyom Borovik.2. KURSK: an anniversary of the submarine’s death. Consideration of a version of Kursk’s collision with a US submarine...
Profession: reporter / ¹69 Place Under the Sun
There is a Rehabilitation Center in Cuba, near Havana, built for children – victims of Chernobyl. Tarara (that’s how the place is called) is a true sunlit paradise. But it’s not only the climate that heals. Children are constantly surrounded by kindness, attention and skilled assistance of Cuban medics. The program tells the story of the dramatic fates of Ukrainian children who undergo treatment at the Center built by the Cuban government.
17.03.00
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There is a Rehabilitation Center in Cuba, near Havana, built for children – victims of Chernobyl. Tarara (that’s how the place is called) is a true sunlit...
Profession: reporter / ¹107 (110) Area of Special Inattention
South-western districts of the Bryansk region. Some 15 years ago the Chernobyl cloud abundantly poured upon these districts. And since then the radiation level has been exceeding all possible limits. Nonetheless, the inhabitants still gather mushrooms and berries, go fishing, consume radioactive milk, stoke their ovens with radioactive wood that can easily make a nuclear reactor out of an oven. Poverty makes people overlook all these horrors, and they continue living in the area of special inattention.
27.04.01
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South-western districts of the Bryansk region. Some 15 years ago the Chernobyl cloud abundantly poured upon these districts. And since then the radiation...
Profession: reporter / ¹111 (114) Flood.
Special Report
Part 1 — People
Part 2 — Money
27.05.01
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Special Report Part 1 — People Part 2 — Money 27.05.01
Top secret. information for consideration / 114. Concorde’s Last Mystery
This documentary is a detailed investigation of the crash of TU-144, Russia’s only civil supersonic jetliner. The film includes plentiful of live footage, records of tests, flights and interviews with the plane’s designers. A terrible crash at the air show at La Burge, France. The program includes interviews with chief designer Yuri Popov; senior designer Alexander Pukhov; senior production engineer Vladimir Sadkov; department head Valentin Bliznyuk; test pilot Valery Benderov; department head Vladimir Wool; test pilot Ivan Vedernikov.
(07.06.2003)
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This documentary is a detailed investigation of the crash of TU-144, Russia’s only civil supersonic jetliner. The film includes plentiful of live footage...
Top secret. information for consideration / 117. Tragedy over Sakhalin
Dedicated to 20th anniversary of Boeing-747 crash at the Far East. Reporters of Top Secret managed to find the texts of the recordings of radio communication between the command post and the pilots. General A.M. Kornukov, General I.M. Tretyak, Marshal of the USSR D.T. Yazov, aircraft Commander, Lieutenant Colonel G. Osipovich, General of the US Air Force G. Shonborn, Ch. Ryan and others gave interview for the program Top Secret.
29.08.2003
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Dedicated to 20th anniversary of Boeing-747 crash at the Far East. Reporters of Top Secret managed to find the texts of the recordings of radio communication...
Profession: reporter / ¹119 (122) Leaving to Return
The Tomsk nuclear submarine. People learnt about the existence of such subs after the wreck of one of them, Kursk. No country in the world can resist an attack launched just by one similar submarine of the ten subs left after the Kursk disaster.
29.09.01
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The Tomsk nuclear submarine. People learnt about the existence of such subs after the wreck of one of them, Kursk. No country in the world can resist...
Profession: reporter / ¹227 (230) Coast of the Dead
The monstrous tsunami in Asia is now compared with genesis flood. Virtually, it was a second world wave. Andrei Loshak witnessed the accident, which transformed the resort paradise to a huge cemetery. Together with rescue teams and relatives, he searched for survivors and buried the dead. He took the ocean with a group of divers and met the New Year with our fellow-countrymen who refused to ruin their holiday and return to the motherland even after the warning of MFA.This tragedy divided Thailand. For some the New Year’s holiday became continuous funerals, others enjoyed themselves in strip-tease bars. What is it – a feast during the plague or an adequate financial help to the nation in trouble?
15.01.2005
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The monstrous tsunami in Asia is now compared with genesis flood. Virtually, it was a second world wave. Andrei Loshak witnessed the accident, which...
Profession: reporter / ¹252 (255) American Utopia
The very first days after the disaster in New Orleans the reporter Vadim Takmenev burst his way into the flooded city through military cordons. He lived in the dying city for almost a week. He saw people plundering shops and capturing marauders. Unique video and shocking stories of witnesses in the film American Utopia.
10.09.2005
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The very first days after the disaster in New Orleans the reporter Vadim Takmenev burst his way into the flooded city through military cordons. He lived...
Profession: reporter / ¹281 (284) Back from Heavens
If a pilot is thrown outboard or an aircraft detonates in the air… Some teach to survive in crashes, while others try to overcome their fears… Is it possible to survive in a crash? What one feels having killed dozens of people?
20.05.2006
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If a pilot is thrown outboard or an aircraft detonates in the air… Some teach to survive in crashes, while others try to overcome their fears… Is it...
Profession: reporter / ¹310 (313) The Road to the Underground
They left for work in the morning, and returned home in coffins. The tragedy in Novokuznetsk. Why did the most advanced mine become the mine of death? What happened at the depth of 300 meters? Was it an explosion of methane? Sabotage? Or negligence? Who will be find guilty? What do the miners’ wives keep silent about?
24.03.2007
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They left for work in the morning, and returned home in coffins. The tragedy in Novokuznetsk. Why did the most advanced mine become the mine of death?...