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A war in a glass
An Alexander Zinenko and Elena Nemykh documentary film “A War in a Glass” of Modern History series is the first television research about the attempts of the soviet leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev to stop the Russian people from drinking. We will build our new world… “A War in a Glass” is a full collection of anti-alcoholic campaigns in the USSR. The collection includes real stories, which could be subject of envy of any absurdity theatre, nostalgic folk songs and jokes about Gorbachev told by himself.What did Lenin, who was non-drinking unlike most Russians, drink? Why did Stalin give vodka back to the people and prohibit anti-alcoholic propaganda? Why did Molotov make the Japanese Minister of Foreign Office drunk? When the Russians first started drinking a bottle ‘for three’ in the USSR? Where did Brezhnev hide the drunkards during the Olympics-80? Why the defender of Dinamo-Kiev served cognac in a tea pot at his wedding? And finally who ordered to cut down vineyards? The film “A War in a Glass” gives the answers to these and other questions.
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An Alexander Zinenko and Elena Nemykh documentary film “A War in a Glass” of Modern History series is the first television research about the attempts...
Aliens
For decades, homosexuality was more than a forbidden topic in our country. Just years ago, homosexuals were persecuted and imprisoned. Clause 121 of Russia’s Criminal Code, under which over 250,000 people were punished, was repealed only in 1993. Similar repressions were existed only in Nazi Germany where homosexuals were sent to concentration camps. In the USSR, this Clause was applied to suppress dissidents, non-conformists and the rest of otherwise-minded who opposed to the existing regime. What has changed over the last nine years after the notorious clause was repealed? Can people speak openly of their sexual orientation? After that, some of them can be fired, others can be deprived of their right to medical treatment or beaten in the street. The Internet is probably the only way for these people to socialize and to love without awaiting punishment for that. There, on the Internet, they haven’t got to prove that they are not castaways, that they’re just a bit different than the rest of us.
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For decades, homosexuality was more than a forbidden topic in our country. Just years ago, homosexuals were persecuted and imprisoned. Clause 121 of...
All russia
TV sketches of Russian Regions.



TITLE (MIN — SEC)


1. Republic Altai (01 — 16)

2. Republic of Tuva (01 — 16)

3. Republic of Bashkortostan (01 — 15)

4. Republic of Adygeya (01 — 14)

5. Republic of Saha (01 — 16)

6. Republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessia (01 — 06)

7. Republic of Komi (01 — 05)

8. Ingush Republic (01 — 05)

9. Republic of Kalmykia (01 — 15)

10. Republic of Khakasia (01 — 16)

11. Republic of Marii-El (01 — 05)

12. Primorsky Krai (01 — 16)

13. Sverdlovsk Region (01 — 16)

14. Kamchatka Region (01 — 15)

15. Moscow (01 — 15)

16. Republic of Dagestan (01 — 16)

17. Udmurt Republic (01 — 17)

18. Tula Region (01 — 19)

19. Buryat Republic (01 — 16)
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TV sketches of Russian Regions. TITLE (MIN — SEC) 1. Republic Altai (01 — 16) 2. Republic of Tuva (01 — 16) 3. Republic...
Dissidents. the fifth estate
A detailed investigation of the activities of the so-called “dissidents” in the mid-sixties. The program includes brief interviews with the Alexander Asmolov, dean of the Psychology Faculty at Moscow State University; Lyudmila Alexeyeva, chairman of the Helsinki Group; Alexander Daniel, the son of Julius Daniel and chairman of the Memorial society; Vladimir Baburin, chief of the Moscow-based bureau of the Radio Liberty station; Victor Sharapov, senior advisor to the chief of KGB from 1971 through 1981; Valeria Novodvorskaya, chairwoman of the Democratic Choice party; Alexander Yakovlev, USSR’s propaganda minister from 1969 through 1973; Alexey Simonov, chairman of the Glasnost Protection Foundation.
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A detailed investigation of the activities of the so-called “dissidents” in the mid-sixties. The program includes brief interviews with the Alexander...
Disturbances
A new public holiday, the Day of Accord and Reconciliation, will be celebrated for the first time this year. Indeed, Russia needs both accord and reconciliation. However, before reaching these, we should at least stop lying to ourselves and first of all stop lying about our common past.
After 1917, we were taken through the procedure of systematic obliteration. We were deprived of our own history, which was so much deformed that we should better know no history at all than the one that was conveyed to us – trimmed and fit for up-to-the-minute political interests.
The authors of the film do not claim to reveal a comprehensive history of those times. Most likely, this is impossible. They say, history is not science but art, collective art of the entire people. It is a kind of canvas on which each painter lays his brushstrokes. Our only purpose is to refresh some forgotten or faded with time colors in the eyes of viewers and relate the events which were painted over in the course of creation of the historical canvas or turned to look unreasonably minor as compared with other events and which now appear more important and considerable.
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A new public holiday, the Day of Accord and Reconciliation, will be celebrated for the first time this year. Indeed, Russia needs both accord and reconciliation...
Feast of communism
The authors of the film present the history of Soviet public catering. Who and how attempted to establish fast-food in the Soviet Russia: from canteens to restaurants and cafés? The “Book About Tasty and Healthy Nutrition” – the handbook of our housewives or a thriller of social utopia?
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The authors of the film present the history of Soviet public catering. Who and how attempted to establish fast-food in the Soviet Russia: from canteens...
In search of lost sex. females
An attempt to find out if “sex existed in the USSR”?
(Odessa is taken as an example)
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An attempt to find out if “sex existed in the USSR”? (Odessa is taken as an example)
Indestructible union
In a new documentary of Alexey Pobortsev the participants of the historic meeting come to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha again and recollect the events that happened 15 years ago. Was the text of the document prepared beforehand? Why did not such an important meeting take place in a capital of some republic? The most unexpected details are revealed. How did the presidents relax, what did they eat and drink? The film also tries to answer the main question: why did the Union fall apart? Was it just the decision of the three presidents or were there any other, more serious reasons?
Many people remember 1991 as the very peak of the crisis, deepened in the Soviet Union. Lack of goods, people’s dissatisfaction, many republics do not want to be a part of the USSR any more. Efforts to suppress the protests by force embitter people. Everything goes downhill. Something must be done. A Union agreement is being prepared but the coup of August 19 changes everything. How was the coup prepared, did Gorbachev know about it and if he did, why did he go on holiday? Why was there no order to assault the White House? Recollections of direct participants of these events. GKCP (Emergency Situation State Committee) members and people from the other side of the barricades. How did the coup influence further events? Why did an attempt to save the USSR yield quite the opposite result? Everything is discussed in the second part of the documentary "Indestructible Union".
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In a new documentary of Alexey Pobortsev the participants of the historic meeting come to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha again and recollect the events that...
Life for jeans
Everybody remembers their first jeans in this country – the same as you remember your first woman or the first man. In the USSR, jeans were called the clothes of the potential enemy. The first large-scale irruption of working pants of Western sons of toil at the Soviet Country happened in 1957. The World Youth Festival was the first time when the closed doors of the Soviet Union were opened. America and Europe, Africa and Asia – guests left in Moscow children of different races and the fashion for jeans. Jeans were fancied together with rock music, long hair and the word “kaif”. In course of time, a new word appeared in the USSR – a spiv. In 1960, speculators Rokotov and Faibyshenko were executed for currency operations. There is a legend that “jeans trading” was one of the counts and the last words of the defendant at the trial were: “Whatever you say, the best clothes are jeans!” In the West, jeans challenged bourgeois values and in the Soviet Union they challenged the socialist system. In the West, they were the symbol of rejection of the cult of money and here they became the symbol of wealth. Even if you are not rich, jeans served a pass into the overworld. This is the story of how we were defeated in the Cold war. According to the song, “we were taught to love your forbidden fruit, America”, and so we were caught.
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Everybody remembers their first jeans in this country – the same as you remember your first woman or the first man. In the USSR, jeans were called the...
Love your motherland
Agitation of the first years of the Soviet power never used under-tones – the Evil represented by church and landowners fought against the Good represented by poor peasants and communists. Agitation trains and agitation ships and street performances were later replaced by sophisticated propaganda – false heroes, the Ministry of Truth, censorship and brain washing. With the era of wild capitalism brain washing continued, however it is now used under a different name. The last five years introduced the following concepts into our lives: focus-groups, public opinion polls, ratings, sales and promotion. These words do not exist in the Russian language yet but they are already widely used in PR. Eltsin’s election campaign in 1996 proved that it is possible to manipulate the opinions of the Russians as well as the opinions of other world nations. The president’s rating went down a month before the elections and it was then raised by Russian and foreign political technologists.
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Agitation of the first years of the Soviet power never used under-tones – the Evil represented by church and landowners fought against the Good represented...
National security
Weekly program “National Security” is a thirty-minutes documentary film about the events and incidents that will not leave viewers unconcerned. In each episode, program producers reestablish the course of significant events in detail, based on NTV’s exclusive footage and archive materials. Themes of the program episodes range from immediate reporting of the current events to journalistic investigations of little-known and obscure pages in Russia’s history. “National Security” is produced by a group journalists from NTV’s News Programming Department led by a duo of channel’s most talented and respected reporters Alexey Pobortsev and Elena Sarkisyan.
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Weekly program “National Security” is a thirty-minutes documentary film about the events and incidents that will not leave viewers unconcerned. In each...
Once upon a time in russia
This documentary series comprises various stories but have a common objective – to tell viewers about a life of common people in the post-Soviet Russia. Unlike other programs, the series’ objective is to describe the life of common people in Russia’s remote areas, to describe the feelings of members of the society struck by global changes occurred as a result of the Soviet Union split. How do people in remote regions live? How do they feel about the new times, the advantages it has brought and the losses it has caused?
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This documentary series comprises various stories but have a common objective – to tell viewers about a life of common people in the post-Soviet Russia...
One day
There are people who each day live through some interesting event. They are politicians, sportsmen, artists or just plain citizens with extraordinary fate.
Kirill Nabutov’s program “One Day” is an attempt to depict one day from the life of the hero of the program. The anchor spends the whole day watching the hero. The latter, in turn, goes about his usual business, and the presence of camera crew does not affect his day’s schedule.
The program lacks any staged scenes – it’s a documentary, live coverage interrupted only by hero’s recollections and anchor’s comments.
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There are people who each day live through some interesting event. They are politicians, sportsmen, artists or just plain citizens with extraordinary fate...
One day. new version
Film crew and the anchor Kirill Nabutov spend a whole day with the heroes. The fundamental distinction of One Day from many other programs is the absence of reconstructions. It is impossible to write a scenario for the future program before shooting it. This is due to the genre of the program – live reporting and “reality observation”.
Unlike the first version of One Day its New Version embraces already two interconnected plotlines. Sometimes they cross and this is particularly interesting…
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Film crew and the anchor Kirill Nabutov spend a whole day with the heroes. The fundamental distinction of One Day from many other programs is the absence...
Profession: reporter
"Profession – Reporter" is a series of films, each of which presents an interesting story about people, both famous and unknown, and events, both small and historic.
The absolute freedom of genre allows producers to choose any topic.
The "Profession – Reporter" program can be called a creative testing ground for the NTV’s best reporters.
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"Profession – Reporter" is a series of films, each of which presents an interesting story about people, both famous and unknown, and events, both small...
Red day in the calendar
The two biggest Soviet holidays – November 7 and May 1. The USSR had few holidays, only working days. That’s why people’s favorite holidays were the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution and the Day of International Solidarity of Workers.
Preparation for, and celebration of, the Russian people’s favorite holidays described by General Vladimir Govorov, the commander of parades; Anna Shatilova and Igor Kirillov, TV anchors, MVD and KGB officials who had supervised festivities in the Red Square, and participants of holiday demonstrations.
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The two biggest Soviet holidays – November 7 and May 1. The USSR had few holidays, only working days. That’s why people’s favorite holidays were the anniversary...
Russian sensations
The programme “Russian Sensations” is a weekly documentary enclosure to the “Programme Maximum”. Created in the best traditions of investigative journalism, this programme develops and enhances this genre touching upon the topics, which were never covered by Russian TV. In each episode, we strive to find the peculiar twist of the story, unique witnesses, exclusive information, which previously was held as “classified”. The subtitle of the programme is Informational Detective, that means that there will be maximum sensation, maximum of unknown facts, maximum of exposure and the viewers will hardly be able to tear themselves from the screens. In the near future: sensational investigations about the Russian mafia abroad, the mysteries of Masons Lodge in Russia, unknown attempts against the first persons of the state and the most well-known sectaries of the Russian show business.

The authors of the programme – the best reporters of the “Programme Maximum” – will perform solo in distinction from the “parent” programme.
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The programme “Russian Sensations” is a weekly documentary enclosure to the “Programme Maximum”. Created in the best traditions of investigative journalism...
Saint petersburg. residence permit
This film is a story told by people whose passports bear a stamp reading “Place of Residence: St. Petersburg”. The film is not devoted to the St. Pete’s Tercentenary but portrays common people and their everyday lives in spite of the anniversary festivities and ceremonial celebrations. White nights, drawbridges, shared apartments, floods, smelt, excursions to the Hermitage, president’s motorcades in the hometown of the powers-that-be, remnants of the old good Leningrad, the dam, the midday cannon-shot, etc. All these are the brands of St. Petersburg. It’s impossible to imagine St. Pete without all these attributes. The producers’ idea was to portray the everyday, routine life of the city, without gloss and “festive attire.”
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This film is a story told by people whose passports bear a stamp reading “Place of Residence: St. Petersburg”. The film is not devoted to the St. Pete’s...
Suitcase. station. russia
On the day of departure, the station restaurant “Blue Train” was half-empty and bourgeois Paris sparkled with city lights outside the window. 1947. The parents of Nikita Krivoshein had a lot to lose. However, there was one majour thing they lacked in this comfortable life — serving their Motherland. Krivosheins, a family of White emigrants wanted to be helpful to the country that they were forced to leave some time ago. It’s clear why people left Russia, but not as clear why they returned. Missing Russian birch-trees? A common homesickness metaphor does not explain much. Zinenko’s documentary is an attempt to understand the motivation for returning to Motherland in various periods of history, from 1945 to nowadays. Five stories lie in the centre of the documentary narration, five heroes with very different fates. What can be in common between a grandson of Tsar’s minister, the daughter of the first Soviet defectors, a Russian girl – war captive, a Cossack from Istanbul and finally, an ordinary officer of a juvenile prison in the town of Birobijan? They may be united by one thing – return to their Motherland. Motherland met our heroes differently…
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On the day of departure, the station restaurant “Blue Train” was half-empty and bourgeois Paris sparkled with city lights outside the window. 1947. The...
Territory of survival
The program reveals the so called “the dangers to life” in this country. It covers not only the work of rescue brigades (ambulance service, fire brigades, Emergency Ministry), liquidation of the consequences of natural and other disasters, but also routine problems: central heating systems in towns are not prepared for winter, low quality food in the shops, life beyond the normal level, salary delays etc.. The program unveils the problems of ecology, medicine and health. The program emphasizes the way people survive in extreme situations and the way they fight for a better quality of life.
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The program reveals the so called “the dangers to life” in this country. It covers not only the work of rescue brigades (ambulance service, fire brigades...
The Caucasians in wars of Russia
A cycle of documentary films-sketches about stories of the Russian-Caucasian relations and life of modern Caucasus. Caucasus still remains one of the main problem regions of Russia. And there is no wonder. After all shocks of a transition period it was difficult to expect that in the most densely populated, multinational and multiconfessional country region all will be smooth and silent. However today events are developed so that cataclysms of "The Trouble Times" not only have put in action the mines of the slowed down action put still at tsarism and the Soviet power, but also have aggravated internal and external contradictions to a dangerous condition.
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A cycle of documentary films-sketches about stories of the Russian-Caucasian relations and life of modern Caucasus. Caucasus still remains one of the...
The kremlin speaks and shows
They see the President of Russia more often than their editor-in-chief and visit his residence almost daily. They hang upon his lips and give dozens of reports about the President in the radio and television air.
A news stream from the Kremlin is continuous.
How do the journalists who follow the President during his visits work? Where does the border run? How does Putin react on the “uncomfortable” questions? What portion of what has been seen and heard by correspondents is actually aired by TV and reaches the newspaper pages?
The filming was held in the Kremlin, in two residences of the President, on board of a “progressive” tracking aircraft and during the countrywide and foreign trips of Vladimir Putin.
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They see the President of Russia more often than their editor-in-chief and visit his residence almost daily. They hang upon his lips and give dozens of...
The soviet system
“The Soviet System” programme tells about the phenomenon, which is used as the title of this documentary series without any specific chronology and only shows the life of the huge country, which appeared in 1917 as a result of the Revolution and existed up to the moment when the USSR ceased its existence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
The aim of the film is not to reconsider certain previously given assessments, or cauterize some people and praise the others. We only want to tell about the way the country lived all these years, what events became important to it, what happened to it and in it, what was the impact over the rest of the world and, first of all, over the people, who lived in this country and still do.
Each film is based on a story of a person, or the fate of some significant event. This story will form the storyline, which will serve as a stem for other stories, not less important. Each episode will present a kind of “Portrait against Epoch”. Telling about one person or another or one event or another, we will also tell about the whole country in this or that year or decade.
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“The Soviet System” programme tells about the phenomenon, which is used as the title of this documentary series without any specific chronology and only...
Trench life
The project is devoted to a daily life of soldiers and officers at the front during different military campaigns — World War II, Afghani, the Chechen wars, campaigns in Vietnam and Angola. The soldier's life at various times looks differentlyto a life constant. Simple details of a life of people on war of very few people are known and consequently will cause interest in the diversified audience. Leader Sergey Shnurov acts in unusual to himself role. He for a long time has been keen by daily history of wars, is interested in problems of the soldier on war sincerely and sympathetically. Each series of a cycle tells about one of aspects of a military reality and the different parties trench lives reveal on an example of different wars. The story is under construction on interview, on alive dialogue which is conducted with front-line soldiers by Sergey Shnurov. All interviews are logically organized and dynamically mounted. In a cycle archival materials and reconstruction are widely used.
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The project is devoted to a daily life of soldiers and officers at the front during different military campaigns — World War II, Afghani, the Chechen...
White blood cells
Each year, more than three thousand children in Russia acquired different types of leukemia. Such diagnosis means death warrant for almost half of those who suffer from it.
However, many more children — up to 70-80% — could be cured both in Russian hospitals and abroad. The difference means hundreds of children. Boys and girls fight against the disease and help the others with their own example, support, and words. The children that can survive. And continue to live.
There are only two ways to cure them: chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. The first way means that they had to be nearly killed to be cured. The second way is used when the first one doesn’t help any more. The work of physicians that struggle against leukemia means virtually balancing between life and death of their little patients. The result is saved lives. More of them could be saved, however, medicine, equipment and new hospitals are required for that. The existing hospitals and oncohematological departments cannot admit all the diseased. Many of them die waiting for the operation. Sometimes through the lack of money, or because it takes the officials too long to make decision.
The situation can be cured through construction of new special clinics. However, the problems are the same – lack of financing and bureaucratic longstops.
Alexey Pobortsev’s new documentary White Blood Cells tells about how and where children’s leucosis is cured in Russia, who helps our physicians and how, and who hinders them.
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Each year, more than three thousand children in Russia acquired different types of leukemia. Such diagnosis means death warrant for almost half of those...
Profession: reporter / ¹4 The Fellow-Townsmen of the Leaders
The today’s life of fellow-townsmen of Iosif Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachov, Konstantin Chernenko. Some facts from the biographies of the former Russian leaders are woven into stories about today’s social problems of people who live in Georgia, Ukraine, Stavropolski krai and Krasnoyarski krai.
06.11.98
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The today’s life of fellow-townsmen of Iosif Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachov, Konstantin Chernenko. Some facts from the biographies of the former...
Profession: reporter / ¹5 She Comes From The East
Topic: Modern ‘International Girls’. Russian women travel abroad : to make some money they sell vodka, cigarettes and… themselves. Some of them find their illusory happiness in a marriage with a foreigner. Murmansk to Norway – that is the route which the heroines take.
13.11.98
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Topic: Modern ‘International Girls’. Russian women travel abroad : to make some money they sell vodka, cigarettes and… themselves. Some of them find their...
Profession: reporter / ¹6 Crises and Stresses
Russia’s present-day economic standing and hard-hitting financial shocks have nearly a physiological impact on Russians of many trades. As a rule, these are businessmen, banking officers, managers. Being heavily stressed by minor everyday squabbles and economic problems, they do not see any alternative but suicide. The program comprises a number of reports on similar cases.
20.11.98
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Russia’s present-day economic standing and hard-hitting financial shocks have nearly a physiological impact on Russians of many trades. As a rule, these...
Profession: reporter / ¹7 Returning to Vorkuta
Vorcuta’s coal is the best in Europe. Its stock is unlimited. There is an explosion hazard at most coal mines. Sometimes miners don’t get paid for months. The problem of survival of Vorkuta mainers and their families many of whom still live in barracks but don’t want to leave Vorkuta because they are ‘crazy’ about the North.
27.11.98
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Vorcuta’s coal is the best in Europe. Its stock is unlimited. There is an explosion hazard at most coal mines. Sometimes miners don’t get paid for months...
Profession: reporter / ¹8 The Third Sex
The fate of people who underwent surgery to change their sex. Social, religious, physiological, ethical, adaptation-related problems of Russian transvestites. Their participation in gay shows.
03.12.98
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The fate of people who underwent surgery to change their sex. Social, religious, physiological, ethical, adaptation-related problems of Russian transvestites...
Profession: reporter / ¹12 The Industry
The town of Novy Urengoi in the Extreme North of Russia. Gas deposits located in tundra can only be compared in terms of resource base to those of Arab Emirates. They account for one half of all the gas extracted in Russia. The story about social problems of workers and their families, who live and work under extreme conditions at Urengoigasprom. But no matter how hard their lives are, they are ‘crazy’ about the North and cannot imagine a different fate, place to live or place to work for themselves.
14.01.99
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The town of Novy Urengoi in the Extreme North of Russia. Gas deposits located in tundra can only be compared in terms of resource base to those of Arab...
National security / 15. Dead Souls
The recent census in Russia. What is it – the nation’s demographic portrait or a remake of Nikolay Gogol’s poem “The Dead Souls?” As the Pravda daily wrote, the 1937 census was thwarted by the nation’s enemies. At the time, the traitors attempted to understate the populace of the Soviet Union, but were exposed and punished accordingly. Now, it’s the year of 2003. Yet, the nation’s leaders are still keen of overstating the country’s population. The question is who and how might benefit from making a caricature instead of the nation’s demographic portrait. How can the authorities gain both political and real dividends from the nationwide census?
06.04.2003
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The recent census in Russia. What is it – the nation’s demographic portrait or a remake of Nikolay Gogol’s poem “The Dead Souls?” As the Pravda daily...
Profession: reporter / ¹17 The Woman Beaten Up
Violence in the Family.
A special Crisis Center in Moscow offers specific psychological and legal assistance to women (and sometimes men) applying for help.
25.02.99
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Violence in the Family. A special Crisis Center in Moscow offers specific psychological and legal assistance to women (and sometimes men) applying for...
Profession: reporter / ¹20 The Russian Cross
Decrease in Russia’s birth rate. Specialists believe that in the beginning of the 21st Century there will be a demographic catastrophe in Russia, the population will drop by 8 to 9 million. In recent years, Russia’s mortality rate has exceeded its birth rate. Even in the well-to-do Moscow the number of new-born babies decreased by half. 80% of them are born with health problems. Following the crisis of August 17, 1998, more than one third of young families have postponed childbirth for two or three years.
The problems relating to women’s readiness for maternity, safe pregnancy, the diet for pregnant women are illustrated by specific examples of obstetrics in Moscow, Tambov, the village of Goreloye of the Russian Black Soil Region, and the town of Stupino near Moscow.
18.03.99
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Decrease in Russia’s birth rate. Specialists believe that in the beginning of the 21st Century there will be a demographic catastrophe in Russia, the population...
Profession: reporter / ¹21 The Ordainment
Young girls escape the horrible life of small towns and villages of present-day Russia to nunneries where they get ready for ordainment as sisters of mercy in order to care for orphans. The material was taped in the Orenburg region.
24.03.99
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Young girls escape the horrible life of small towns and villages of present-day Russia to nunneries where they get ready for ordainment as sisters of mercy...
Profession: reporter / ¹24 Seven hundred kilometers of Love
Route E-95 between Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. The problem of prostitution: almost every kilometer you can see a woman offering herself for money. Poverty, despair, the necessity to feed their children make them come out on the road. A lot of women who live along the route consider prostitution as the only way to survive in the present-day world. Unashamed, they are painfully candid in telling their stories.
15.04.99
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Route E-95 between Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. The problem of prostitution: almost every kilometer you can see a woman offering herself for money. Poverty...
Profession: reporter / ¹30 Waiting for Chenghiz-Khan
The land of Kyakhta is still called the Golden Triangle. In the past, the Great Tea Route passed through it. Today in Kyakhta only ‘human camels’ seem to have a stable income. They work as porters carrying things which the Mongolians bring from Russia.
The life of the local frontier post at which Trans-Bailkal Cossacks serve. Beside them is the life of homeless people living on a dump but united into a Public Union of Homeless People of Buryatiya.
13.05.99
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The land of Kyakhta is still called the Golden Triangle. In the past, the Great Tea Route passed through it. Today in Kyakhta only ‘human camels’ seem...
Profession: reporter / ¹37 Don’t Cry For Help
The peculiar life of hunters, deer herdsmen, shamans in remote parts of Taimyr tundra. For the first time, shaman sorcery, prediction of the future, is being demonstrated for the journalists on the Talnakhskaya Hill, a sacred place for native Nentsi.
08.07.99
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The peculiar life of hunters, deer herdsmen, shamans in remote parts of Taimyr tundra. For the first time, shaman sorcery, prediction of the future, is...
Extra dangerous! / 43. Dead Souls
10.09.2005
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10.09.2005
Profession: reporter / ¹44 Cinderella ’99
A tale about the love of a young shop assistant from a poor family in Petrozavodsk and the Vice Mayor of Portomajore in Italy.
02.09.99
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A tale about the love of a young shop assistant from a poor family in Petrozavodsk and the Vice Mayor of Portomajore in Italy...
Whole-hearted confession / 49. Once Upon a Time in Russia
Fear and hatred, sex for sale and pure love, dirty business and honest money. How is the real world of our guests arranged? Shocking truth about Russia friendly neighbours. Polygamy, seizure of flats, robberies and murders, narcotics dens and brothels. How did they imagine their life in Russia? Is it easy to find luck and love in a foreign land?
22.01.2006
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Fear and hatred, sex for sale and pure love, dirty business and honest money. How is the real world of our guests arranged? Shocking truth about Russia...
Profession: reporter / ¹58 Lynch Law
The inhabitants of a small village of Vyartssilya in Karelia no longer believe in law and order. The authorities failed to establish the law there, lawlessness and hopelessness hold sway. And the Lynch law became the supreme justice. A specific case is described when, by killing a drug pusher, the father takes revenge for the shattered life of his son.
17.12.99
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The inhabitants of a small village of Vyartssilya in Karelia no longer believe in law and order. The authorities failed to establish the law there, lawlessness...
Profession: reporter / ¹59 Little Mom
Children have babies and come to the Little Mom Sanctuary in Saint-Petersburg. There they are told how to treat their babies as something for which 14-16 year old mothers should feel responsible.
27.12.99
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Children have babies and come to the Little Mom Sanctuary in Saint-Petersburg. There they are told how to treat their babies as something for which 14-16...
Profession: reporter / ¹62 Groping One’s Way at Noon
Torzhok is the old Russian town. There, an enterprise for the blind invalids of the WW2 was established in 1950s by Stalin’s Decree. But it was not the well-being of yesterday’s heroes that the Father of Nations cared for. He believed that seeing crippled people in the streets of big cities made other people unhappy. The program is devoted to friendship among the blind who strive to overcome the common mistake that the invalids are not the same as ordinary people.
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Torzhok is the old Russian town. There, an enterprise for the blind invalids of the WW2 was established in 1950s by Stalin’s Decree. But it was not the...
Profession: reporter / ¹64 Aliens
They escaped to Russia from Sumgait and Fergana, from Baku and Dushanbe, from Akmala and Grozny. Eight million former Soviet citizens who left national outskirts. They were not accepted there, nor did they find home here. Author describes one of the refugees from Dushanbe now living in Borisoglebsk and visits her former home in Dushanbe where everything is alien for her now.
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They escaped to Russia from Sumgait and Fergana, from Baku and Dushanbe, from Akmala and Grozny. Eight million former Soviet citizens who left national...
Profession: reporter / ¹71 Sick Yard
For the first time, NTV’s correspondent visited one of the biggest Russian leprosariums which is situated in Tersky, Stavropol region. Generations of patients have found a new home there together with generations of medics who care for and treat their doom patients. The life expectancy in Tersky leprosarium is 15-20 years higher than the country’s average. The doctors are especially proud of this fact.
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For the first time, NTV’s correspondent visited one of the biggest Russian leprosariums which is situated in Tersky, Stavropol region. Generations of patients...
Profession: reporter / ¹75 We are the Blacksmiths
The life of the outstanding blacksmith Aleksandr Lysyakov, the former Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent. The story about his family, disciples and followers. Shartash lake in the Urals and Lysyakov’s blacksmith craftsmanship makes it possible even for women to handle a heavy hammer.
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The life of the outstanding blacksmith Aleksandr Lysyakov, the former Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent. The story about his family, disciples and followers...
Profession: reporter / ¹76 Diamond Coast
The story of rise and fall of the Europe’s biggest diamond deposit in Arkhangelsk region. The story of present-day wasted lives of specialists in diamond business in which millions of dollars and enormous human resources had been invested by the state.
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The story of rise and fall of the Europe’s biggest diamond deposit in Arkhangelsk region. The story of present-day wasted lives of specialists in diamond...
Profession: reporter / ¹78 A Shot of Beauty
“I have become an invalid now… I can’t wear a bikini… If the temperature rises anything can happen… up to breast amputation”, confessed one of the heroines of the program which tells how, despite Health Ministry’s bans, doctors still inject gel into ladies’ breasts. Having received their fees, those doctors would not accept responsibility for the consequences.
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“I have become an invalid now… I can’t wear a bikini… If the temperature rises anything can happen… up to breast amputation”, confessed one of the heroines...
Top secret. information for consideration / 80. Inviolable Union
Ten years have passed since the Soviet Union collapsed. What was the reason for that split? Former advisors to President Reagan believe that the United States managed to get the USSR involved in the arms race which the letter failed to endure. Besides, the Soviet leaders made too many other mistakes which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Ten years have passed since the Soviet Union collapsed. What was the reason for that split? Former advisors to President Reagan believe that the United...
Profession: reporter / ¹87 (89) Sochi is a City of Love
“Girls were concealing their virginity, couples were concealing their faith. Destruction was treated as a sign of good taste, neurasthenia was treated as a sign of delicacy. People invented their vices and perversies not to look flat. Tortured by sleepless nights, suppressing his sorrow with wine, gold, loveless love, sobbing and helplessly sensitive sounds of the ante mortem anthem tango, the city lived as if it were waiting for its fatal and dreadful day,” – this extract from “The Walking in Agony” by Alexey Tolstoy, pronounced by Igor Voyevodin in the program, comprises the essence and the contents of the material shot in contemporary Sochi.
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“Girls were concealing their virginity, couples were concealing their faith. Destruction was treated as a sign of good taste, neurasthenia was treated...
Profession: reporter / ¹88 (90) I see no evil, I hear no evil…
Sergiyev Posad, a town in the Moscow Region. This is where the only Asylum for blind-and-deaf children is located. The asylum was organized as a pilot organization back in the 1960ies, and during the forty years of its existence, its instructors and teachers developed a unique methodology of teaching and social adaptation of kids who can neither see, nor hear. They are taught to speak, take care of themselves and make food. Of particular importance is that over there each of them masters some simple trade: platting, carving, or clay modeling, that earns them some cash, as their disability benefit is far from being sufficient for their living. The climax of this kind documentary is the wedding of one of the asylum inhabitants.
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Sergiyev Posad, a town in the Moscow Region. This is where the only Asylum for blind-and-deaf children is located. The asylum was organized as a pilot...
Profession: reporter / ¹90 (92) The Last Wreck of “Varyag”
Tchinguiz Aitmatov named people deprived of memory, mankourts. The beauty and pride of the Russian Northern Fleet – cruiser “Mourmansk”, has been sold to India as a piece of scrap metal, and she is now stranded in Norway. The vessel that has gotten the proud name of “Varyag” is sold out to South Eastern Asia. She is projected to house a Disneyland theme park. What names will we get from our descendants after all that? Such is the main question and the essence of this feature.
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Tchinguiz Aitmatov named people deprived of memory, mankourts. The beauty and pride of the Russian Northern Fleet – cruiser “Mourmansk”, has been sold...
Extra dangerous! / 91. Generation Next
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Descendants of the Russian émigrés are coming back to Russia. They take an active part in development of the country of their ancestors.
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Descendants of the Russian émigrés are coming back to Russia. They take an active part in development of the country of their ancestors...
Profession: reporter / ¹96 (98) Dead Souls
Those certified as insane and incapable of being responsible for whatever they have done, as well as those who have gone insane in jail, arrive here. Sychovka, located in Smolensk Region, is a special psychiatric facility for the confined. The majority of patients include murderers, although some find themselves over there by accident; they are treated with particular attention by the Argus-eyed law that isn’t always fairly applied.
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Those certified as insane and incapable of being responsible for whatever they have done, as well as those who have gone insane in jail, arrive here. Sychovka...
Profession: reporter / ¹101 (103) Wagtail’s Army
The reporter tries to overcome perpetuated stereotypes about Latvia, formerly one of the Soviet republics and now a sovereign state. Vitaly Buzuyev tells about the process of making a new army, the country’s younger generation, about its very old symbols and pre-soviet traditions to which Latvians are now reverting.
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The reporter tries to overcome perpetuated stereotypes about Latvia, formerly one of the Soviet republics and now a sovereign state. Vitaly Buzuyev tells...
Profession: reporter / ¹102 (104) Twelve Steps
Drug addicts have to go a long and hard path towards healing. And it does not matter where these young people live Kostroma or St. Petersburg. This program is devoted to their great sufferings and the lessons taught to their parents, as well as to new methods of treatment of this dreadful disease of millions of young people around the world.
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Drug addicts have to go a long and hard path towards healing. And it does not matter where these young people live Kostroma or St. Petersburg. This program...
Profession: reporter / ¹104 (106) On the Way to God
Never, never steal, never use foul language and always pray – these are the basic requirements Father Alexander has set to his wards. St. Nicolas Cathedral in Moscow is a home for the Center for Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders. Each one sees his way to God differently. Somebody will come to believe in God and reach the end of the road. Somebody will change his mind to come back. But everybody, not only ex-offenders, have come to the temple of their own free will. Maybe because Father Alexander uses his own non-ordinary but up-to-date pedagogical methods.
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Never, never steal, never use foul language and always pray – these are the basic requirements Father Alexander has set to his wards. St. Nicolas Cathedral...
Profession: reporter / ¹109 (112) Bird’s Sin
According to the statistics, about a third of women who experienced depravity in childhood, suffer from the sense of sin to the their dying days. Unfortunately, not all parents understand these horrible statistics when they bring their children to the photo studios. Foreign photographers specializing in child pornography usually pay twenty dollars for two hours of work to Russian Lolitas. For them it is much easier to work in Russia than anywhere else, since they have no problems with the law. For example, in the USA for similar things one can easily go to jail for some thirty years. However, criminal cases on charges of child pornography usually come to nothing in Russia.
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According to the statistics, about a third of women who experienced depravity in childhood, suffer from the sense of sin to the their dying days. Unfortunately...
Profession: reporter / ¹113 (116) “The Russian Bear”
In 1995 Oleg Taktarov known in Russia as a many-times champion in so-called no-rules fights, came to Hollywood to achieve his dream to act in films. This wild idea would have never come true without knowing English and having money and connections. To survive in America Taktarov started fighting again and soon became the world champion. As the title-holder he was nicknamed the Russian Bear. And the champion’s title cleared the way to Hollywood. In his last film Taktarov starred with Robert De Niro. Taktarov’s wild dream has come true. But is the Russian Bear happy? Was all this worth of leaving the homeland, family and friends?
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In 1995 Oleg Taktarov known in Russia as a many-times champion in so-called no-rules fights, came to Hollywood to achieve his dream to act in films. This...
Profession: reporter / ¹116 (119) Lezghinka
Love, passion, inspiration, fire, hatred, frenzied expression and amazing sense of tempo. In a nutshell, it is Lezghinka dance. It is a marvel which calls up associations with the Caucasus and its inhabitants in our minds. Timid women and fiery men. Traditions of Caucasian peoples reverberate in the most popular and inflammatory dance ever known.
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Love, passion, inspiration, fire, hatred, frenzied expression and amazing sense of tempo. In a nutshell, it is Lezghinka dance. It is a marvel which...
Profession: reporter / ¹123 (126) Isle of Happiness
The world first learnt about Ibiza in the mid-sixties. Even at that time, the isle was dubbed as “the center of alternative culture.” Since then over two million lovers of night life and way-out music come to visit the island in summer. All of Ibiza’s industries work to entertain the visitors. The visitors represent quite a narrow circle. For the vast majority of them, a travel to Ibiza is a shock, sleepless nights, wild rhythm and nearly cosmic acceleration. Nonetheless, the stream of tourists is endless. The secret of this mysterious island has not been discovered yet.
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The world first learnt about Ibiza in the mid-sixties. Even at that time, the isle was dubbed as “the center of alternative culture.” Since then over...
Top secret. information for consideration / 127. Prison Psychiatry
Thirty-forty years ago, a man dissenting with the regime was declared a madman and packed off to an asylum instead of being put into prison. Special injections destabilizing psychology and destructively affecting the ability to think sensibly were made to such patients. As a result, an absolutely normal man was turned into a real patient of an asylum. A certificate from an out-patient psychiatric facility determined much. You could not go abroad, go for study without such certificate. If a man is unsuitable for management his career could be easily ruined by the diagnosis of “continuous sluggish schizophrenia”. Who supported such medicine in the USSR? What were the methods used by psychiatrists? What happened with people after such therapy? This is one of the spot lines of the film. The second spot line is about the work of the legal psychiatrists with the lawbreakers. Does collective hatred for a criminal affect the decision of a psychiatrist? Were there any cases of pressure on legal psychiatrists? What are most striking stories of the recent time known in the legal psychiatry?
22.10.2004
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Thirty-forty years ago, a man dissenting with the regime was declared a madman and packed off to an asylum instead of being put into prison. Special injections...
Profession: reporter / ¹130 (133) Sounds of Moscow streets
The city, so big and manifold, does not even notices you as it does not need you. But if its likes, you won’t be able to escape. It attracts you, and over a sudden you become its integral part. It may look cold and alien. However, as soon as get used to it, it will look different. The program features interviews with Pyotr Mamonov and Mark Pekarsky.
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The city, so big and manifold, does not even notices you as it does not need you. But if its likes, you won’t be able to escape. It attracts you, and...
Profession: reporter / ¹132 (135) Father Nikolay’s Children
A Urals-born priest adopted 50 children. The children of the Stremsky family are of nine different ethnicities – Russians, Germans, Bashkirs, Tatars, Mordvinians, Kazakhs, Koreans, Ukrainians and Gypsies. Many of them has been living with the priest’s family for more than a decade. Father Nikolay treats all of them as his own children.
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A Urals-born priest adopted 50 children. The children of the Stremsky family are of nine different ethnicities – Russians, Germans, Bashkirs, Tatars...
Profession: reporter / ¹135 (138) Sea of Thirst
This land amidst the dying Aral Sea has been covered by the veil of secrecy for nearly fifty years already. On maps, it reads as the Isle of Renaissance. Once, it was a major sea port and industrial area with major fisheries that supplied fish throughout the country. Common European standards, such as “poverty level” or “employment” are hardly applicable to this area. Now, It is a country of the past. Loss of the sea is not just a mere ecological catastrophe. It has developed into the loss of reality and has made a dream-land out of the Aral Sea area.
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This land amidst the dying Aral Sea has been covered by the veil of secrecy for nearly fifty years already. On maps, it reads as the Isle of Renaissance...
Top secret. information for consideration / 137. Brain Drain: a Russian Trail
For over ten years of expectation of the state and society to change their attitude towards science, we practically lost all scientific schools. The youth now chooses going to a different sphere, financial security, career for the sake of career and, at last, life and work abroad. Scientists are attracted by the possibility to indulge in their jobs, though not in Russia, but for good money and with a good material base. The journalists of the “Top Secret” TV company carried out their own investigation of the reasons for and possible consequences of “brain drain” from Russia. A sharp decrease of scientific manpower. Failure in continuity of generations, especially in a number of fundamental sciences. Poverty-stricken existence of scientists, lack of financing for institutes. These factors make up a serious threat to the future of Russia. And, privatization of scientific research enterprises proposed by the Russian Academy of Sciences in September 2004 is a substantial step towards the final destruction of science, which can lead to irreversible effect not only for the Russian science, but also for our society as a whole…Those taking part in the film are: Vice President of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences S.P. Kapitsa, Associate Member of RANS L.N. Nikolaev, Academician of the RAS N.Ya. Petrakov, Professor of the George Maison University (USA) Ken Alibeck, Chief of Laboratory at the Haber Institute (FRG) Shamil Shaihutdinov, Manager of ABBYY Corporation David Jan (USA), Professor of Biological Faculty at the Moscow State University (MSU) and Chief of Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute.
21.01.2005
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For over ten years of expectation of the state and society to change their attitude towards science, we practically lost all scientific schools. The youth...
Profession: reporter / ¹138 (141) Islamic Order
Oil, Hezbollah and Khomeini – that is all we know about present-day Iran. It is one of the most secretive countries in Mideast where religion determines nearly everything, from government issues to privacy. Everything is governed by a set regulations which on the whole make a so-called Islamic order. NTV correspondent stayed 10 days in the country the Shariat law is the only applicable legislation.
16.02.02
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Oil, Hezbollah and Khomeini – that is all we know about present-day Iran. It is one of the most secretive countries in Mideast where religion determines...
Profession: reporter / ¹139 (142) Stories of a forgotten island
A nontraditional view on the Kaliningrad region. Forgotten people and veterans trading their medals for bread, smuggling of amber and second-hand cars, a kaleidoscope of traditions and destinies. Within two years, when Lithuania and Poland join the European Union, over 900,000 people will find themselves even farther from Russia, amidst united Europe. It is still unclear, however, who and how will manage the region.
23.02.02
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A nontraditional view on the Kaliningrad region. Forgotten people and veterans trading their medals for bread, smuggling of amber and second-hand cars...
Top secret. information for consideration / 140. Vaccine of Fear
Forecasts of the forthcoming epidemics of flu heat the population of the world. According to the World Health Organization, the sole remedy of the humanity against infections is vaccination. WHO works on development of vaccination programmes for the third world countries and finds facilities for acquisition of vaccines from pharmaceutical corporations.

Many citizens of Latin America, Asia and Africa have no idea that they participate in the long-term experiment of vaccine manufacturers.

Until recently Russia was listed in the so-called FLX – the favourable list “x”, issued by manufacturers of vaccine strictly for corporative use. The abbreviation FLX means that tests on new vaccines may be held in this country.

The main characters of the programme – Veronica Mikhaleva, Andrei Volkov and Dima Artamonov will never be as healthy as millions of their age mates. They are were made disabled involuntarily but by the will of the government, which deliberately made sacrifices and anticipated a certain percent of complications.

Will Russia become the practice ground for large-scale tests of pharmaceutical corporations? What are the tragic consequences of vaccination for the patients whose stories are revealed in the programme? Is it true, that the possible flu epidemics of 2005 is a new threat for humanity? The reporters of “Top Secret” will tell about it in the new documentary investigation.
11.02.2005
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Forecasts of the forthcoming epidemics of flu heat the population of the world. According to the World Health Organization, the sole remedy of the humanity...
Profession: reporter / ¹141 (144) Fate of the “President”
When the life got really hard and unbearable in the village of Malyshev in the Urals Mountains, local residents grasped over a sudden that only “President” would help them. A huge emerald found in 1993 was called “President” in honor of then president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin. At that time, local residents were proud of their great fellow countryman. They believed that this precious stone would bring happiness to them. The Soviet authorities regarded the work of miners as “the matter of national importance” and made an enclave of prosperity out that village. However, all this remained in the past.
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When the life got really hard and unbearable in the village of Malyshev in the Urals Mountains, local residents grasped over a sudden that only “President”...
Profession: reporter / ¹145 (148) Escaping a Death
A good film featuring good people, common people from a common Tatar village in central Russia. Unique adventures of the nation’s youngest mullah. A unique business – breeding of red deer which Robin Hood once was chasing in the forests of Sherwood. Recipes of Tatar dishes and true happiness. How many times could and should a real Moslem get married? Can a Moslem woman sit at the same table with men? Should rabbits be watered with moonshine? Is it necessary to saw off deer’s antlers?
14.04.02
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A good film featuring good people, common people from a common Tatar village in central Russia. Unique adventures of the nation’s youngest mullah. A...
Top secret. information for consideration / 148. Dreadful Childhood. Confession of the Survivors
About three million children at the age of up to fourteen fall under violence of their parents in Russia every year. The victims of bad treatment are mostly preschool children. The weaker a child is the easier it is to lay hands on him. Boys are beaten up three times more often than girls. 50 thousand children leave home because of systematic drubbing. 60 thousand fathers and mothers are deprived of their paternal rights. Two thousand children die in consequence of beatings or a single careless thrust. From this documentary investigation you will find out how domestic violence can be prevented, what punishment awaits cruel parents and what happens in the future to the victims of violence.Low living standards make up the main reason of child abuse. Parents with poor income have to struggle for their living. In the end, they work off all the failures, hardships and problems they face outside the family on their children in the form of violence.Sexual child abuse in families is one of the most covert crimes. One cannot see what is going on inside a family, and a child keeps it in secret because of fear or shame. The film renders a story of an eight year-old boy from Noguinsk, near Moscow. The boy has undergone sexual abuse from his stepfather.
15.04.2005
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About three million children at the age of up to fourteen fall under violence of their parents in Russia every year. The victims of bad treatment are...
Profession: reporter / ¹149 (152) Lost Heaven
Amidst the Pacific Ocean is hiding an island, sunny, balmy and lonely. It is a lonesome island, as it has just two inhabitants – a lighthouse manager and a meteorologist. The waters here are extremely clear and fauna-rich, but the life on the island is hard one. Infertile lands do not allow the inhabitants to cultivate anything. Besides, they suffer from regular shortage of coal which is brought here form the continent. That’s why they have to rely only upon themselves to survive.
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Amidst the Pacific Ocean is hiding an island, sunny, balmy and lonely. It is a lonesome island, as it has just two inhabitants – a lighthouse manager...
Profession: reporter / ¹150 (153) The Isle of Discord
Each corner of the world has its own typical gestures and images. On the Isle of Jingmeng, a typical image is a man looking over the surroundings through the field glasses. The gesture of bringing the binoculars to the eyes has virtually become a reflex here. Five years ago, the local authorities unveiled one of the dozens of active military bases, called Horse Mountain, and allowed tourists to visit the base’s watching point. Since then, the spot has become a side-show for local inhabitants. The process of regeneration of the soldiers’ heaven with its brothels into a modern resort is slow and painful. There are fewer brothels here now, and more and more hotels and luxury cars fill the streets of Jingmeng.
8.06.02
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Each corner of the world has its own typical gestures and images. On the Isle of Jingmeng, a typical image is a man looking over the surroundings through...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 152 (155) Disciplinary Battalion
Soldiers leave the disciplinary battalion hastily, without looking back. Despite surrounding barbwire and armed warders, the battalion is not regarded as a prison. It is a special military unit with tougher regulations. Prisoners might not be held there longer than two years. In fact, there are just two reasons why soldiers get into a disciplinary battalion – harassment of new recruits by loner-serving soldiers and desertion. Today, soldiers desert their military units for the same reasons as they did decades ago. Soldiers escape because of constant beatings, poor conditions and racketeering. Recently, an increasing number of deserters leave their units with arms. Such deserters – provided they’re caught by police – face lengthy terms in common prisons. Currently, there are six such battalions in Russia, each has about six hundred prisoners.
15.09.2002
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Soldiers leave the disciplinary battalion hastily, without looking back. Despite surrounding barbwire and armed warders, the battalion is not regarded...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 162. (165) HIV Positive
According to the forecasts by U.S. experts, every tenth Russian will have AIDS by the year of 2010. Is this prediction trustworthy? What is the true scope of this disease? How much will it cost to treat the sick people? To support life of only one AIDS-infected individual costs $600 a month. Who was the first man to catch AIDS in the USSR? Why do people who contacted the disease during the blood transfusion refuse to sue the doctors? What is the society’s attitude to HIV-infected people?
01.12.2002
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According to the forecasts by U.S. experts, every tenth Russian will have AIDS by the year of 2010. Is this prediction trustworthy? What is the true...
Top secret. information for consideration / 164. Gastarbeiters
Five million foreign citizens live in Russia. They are hired workers, gastarbeiters, and nine of ten have an illegal status. Who are they? A criminal threat or a profitable business? This film is about the life of “contemporary slaves, legalized lawlessness and brutality.
14.10.2005
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Five million foreign citizens live in Russia. They are hired workers, gastarbeiters, and nine of ten have an illegal status. Who are they? A criminal...
Top secret. information for consideration / 169. Right to Life
The programme is dedicated to the problem of AIDS, epidemic of HIV-infection and its vehicles – social misfits, their total desolation, fear and discrimination. Officially there are about 330 thousand of registered HIV-infected in Russia, unofficially there are about a million of them. How do these people live, how should we treat them? Authors of the programme try to find answers to these questions.
02.12.2005
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The programme is dedicated to the problem of AIDS, epidemic of HIV-infection and its vehicles – social misfits, their total desolation, fear and discrimination...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 170 (173) The Baltic March
A quiet European happiness of a small Baltic republic. Latvia has been living as a market economy and Western-style country for twelve years already. Latvians are trying to get rid of the legacy of the past, or as they put it, to forget the time of the Soviet occupation. Yet, many of them still remember the Soviet days. The film is a story of the country told by two veterans against the background of the market economy.
01.02.2003
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A quiet European happiness of a small Baltic republic. Latvia has been living as a market economy and Western-style country for twelve years already...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 172 (175) Hitchhiking in America
Is it possible to cross America from coast to coast hitchhiking? Hitchhiking is much more popular in America than anywhere in the world. Therefore, it’s no wonder that legendary touring bikes “Harley Davidson” first appeared in America, not anywhere else. How does the “one-storey” America live at present? What the difference between “true” Indians from “true” cowboys? Why does a bull calm down immediately once it has thrown the jockey during the rodeo?
15.02.2003
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Is it possible to cross America from coast to coast hitchhiking? Hitchhiking is much more popular in America than anywhere in the world. Therefore, it’s...
Top secret. information for consideration / 176. Petrol Business
Russia is the largest oil supplier to the world market. Prices for the black gold beat all records. Petrol prices within the country soar together with the rise of the oil prices. Who is to blame? Why does fuel keep getting worse? Who gains from it?
09.10.2006
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Russia is the largest oil supplier to the world market. Prices for the black gold beat all records. Petrol prices within the country soar together with...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 176 (179) Second Life
A few decades ago, people learnt to transplant human organs. At present, however, transplantation evoke lots of controversies. A death of one man can save the life of another man. Yet, is it ethical to take somebody else’s organs? Thousands of people are awaiting their donors. Not all of them eventually obtain so long-awaited organs. There’s a huge shortage of human organs worldwide, and many shady dealers stake on the illicit human organ transplantation, offering a badly needed surgery to well-off clients. Because of poverty, many Moldavian villagers agree to become donors. Yet, the money they receive from donating their organs fades away quickly, and the health they have sold doesn’t let them run their farms the way they did before.
15.03.2003
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A few decades ago, people learnt to transplant human organs. At present, however, transplantation evoke lots of controversies. A death of one man can...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 177 (180) Back to the Jungles
A man’s urge towards civilization can only be compared with a man’s urge to escape civilization. A transition from wild jungles to stone jungles took thousands years, while the way back takes just few hours, depending on the distance. Bank clerks and jobless people, millionaires and housewives leave their offices and houses and head for caves and jungles, believing that the modern civilization destroys them. Goa was once a Portuguese colony. Now, it’s India’s 25th state. The soft waves of the Indian Ocean, sun, palms and white sand. This is how the heaven on the Earth should look like, according to the “natural life” supporters.” Goa has long been a refuge fro hippies, yogis and all those who’s trying to escape from civilization and metropolitan areas.
22.03.2003
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A man’s urge towards civilization can only be compared with a man’s urge to escape civilization. A transition from wild jungles to stone jungles took...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 178 (181) A Princess from Nizhny
The princess’s first job was a fruit vendor. A would-be top model sold fruit near a buss stop. Yet, at that time, she wore a sheepskin coat, instead of a Hermes scarf. From Nizhny Novgorod to the high society, and a Cinderella becomes a true princess. Her husband, viscount Justin of Portman, belongs to one of the oldest aristocratic families of Great Britain. They celebrated their wedding stylishly, at Tsar’s Village near St. Petersburg. Before 17, Natalie’s daily schedule was no less tough. In the morning, she went to school, during the day she sold fruit, in the evening she used to got to discothèque, the only hang-out place of local teenagers. At that time, Justin and Natasha should have avoided gong to that disco, as about 15 young people were waiting for her there just … to cut her face. The program portrays the story of Natalie Vodyanova, the true story of Cinderella, who once day became the princess of the upper crust.
29.03.2003
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The princess’s first job was a fruit vendor. A would-be top model sold fruit near a buss stop. Yet, at that time, she wore a sheepskin coat, instead...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 179 (182) Living among Snakes
Knowledge of Europeans about Cambodia are superficial and limited to some facts about the Red Khmers who kidnap foreign tourists, about total poverty and illiteracy and about mined forest paths. But what else do we know about Cambodia? There about 15 Russians who live there permanently. All of them are snake hunters who moved to Cambodia a decade ago. They learnt the Khmer language, built a house, learnt to honor the local customs and traditions. They travel across the country and conduct scientific researches. Local inhabitants respect them, and they treat Cambodia as their homeland.
05.04.2003
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Knowledge of Europeans about Cambodia are superficial and limited to some facts about the Red Khmers who kidnap foreign tourists, about total poverty and...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 181 (184) Eternal Flood
In a small laboratory of the Institute of Hydrology near St. Petersburg, scientists simulate a true flood with true ice jams. The ice jams are not blown up, and hydrologists wait until the stream ruins the jam itself. They have plenty of time. In reality, however, minutes mean either survival, or death. On 100-meter-long model of the Lena river, it takes five minutes to protect the town of Lensk from flooding. There are no victims and no damages. The only thing you have to do is to shut off the valve. In real life, people have not developed yet such an efficient method of preventing floods. As a result, people have to rescue themselves as they can. Dozens of villages were flooded this year in the Volgograd region.
26.04.2003
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In a small laboratory of the Institute of Hydrology near St. Petersburg, scientists simulate a true flood with true ice jams. The ice jams are not blown...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 186 (189) Scary Dogs
Over the last three years, about 200 people were attacked by the so-called “bigger” dogs. Sixty-five of those attacked were children. Seven people died of bites. In January 2003, three Dobermans tore to pieces a five-year-old boy in a St. Petersburg courtyard. The boy’s mother survived the bites. The owner of the dogs sued a police officer who had shot dead all of her pets. Russia’s Criminal Code does not provide for any punishment for killing a person by dogs. There are a lot of dogs in Russia, but over 70 per cent of all dogs are dangerous for people. At the same time, Russian dog-breeding is degenerating. The only thing the majority of dog-breeders are interested in are profits from the sale of puppets; they don’t care of the purity of the breed at all. Numerous dog breeders offer for sale neurasthenic and absolutely uncontrollable dogs. In Russia, people care more about the figure of a dog and pay no attention to what is going on in a dog’s head.
24.05.2003
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Over the last three years, about 200 people were attacked by the so-called “bigger” dogs. Sixty-five of those attacked were children. Seven people died...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 189 (192) A Different Life
Sea, mountains, air and downhill skiing runs in June are the treasures of Sochi which attract people from all over Russia. Some people come here for a month, others to the extent they can afford. Yet, there are some people who come here for life. They give up their jobs and families for the sake of a different life which they even don’t know how to call. Vladimir’s house can be seen from faraway. Vladimir is not a priest, but people come to confess to him from all over Russia, since he can cure both the body and the soul, using his unique spa techniques. A few years ago, Vladimir arrived in Krasnaya Polyana, bought a plot of land, built a house and started living unlike others, following the Bible, yoga, hermetic geography and his own life experience. Initially, Vladimir did not want to have any contacts with other people. Afterwards, however, he started accepting them as an inevitable evil. Officials come here regularly as well. Here, they can enjoy both Russian-style and Japanese-style saunas, get some massage. Ministers and vice prime ministers were here. Even the president’s wife, Lyudmila Putina used to come here. The president’s wife received a special treatment at Vladimir’s resort.
28.06.2003
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Sea, mountains, air and downhill skiing runs in June are the treasures of Sochi which attract people from all over Russia. Some people come here for a...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 190 (193) A Private Dance
They prefer calling themselves “dancers,” not “strippers.” The men who come to watch them dancing they call “guests,” not “clients.” They earn good money, but they’re not involved in prostitution. They become mistresses and, sometimes, VIP wives. Yet, they always have the right of the last word.
03.07.2003
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They prefer calling themselves “dancers,” not “strippers.” The men who come to watch them dancing they call “guests,” not “clients.” They earn good money...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 191 (194) Caught by the Web
Double life in real and virtual worlds suck in many. People get there in search for love, freedom or satisfaction of their dreams. One can kill non-existing enemies, or carry out breathtaking missions. You can’t touch this world, but you can feel it. When the sensations become stronger than the reality, virtual addiction develops. Life is utterly dependant on a minor electric interruption and a break down of computer may lead to a personal tragedy. About the people who create virtual reality and those who live in it.
04.09.2003
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Double life in real and virtual worlds suck in many. People get there in search for love, freedom or satisfaction of their dreams. One can kill non-existing...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 199 (202) Gipsy
NTV reporters observed the rites of Russian Gipsy for several months in order to find out who the Gipsy barons are and why they are still buried in glass crypts. The film crew attended the parties dedicated to engagement of 14-year-old Gipsies, learnt to tell the future, to sing and to drink like Gipsy. First appearance on the screen: the most mysterious nation opens its secrets.
30.10.2003
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NTV reporters observed the rites of Russian Gipsy for several months in order to find out who the Gipsy barons are and why they are still buried in glass...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 200 (203) Svabald’s Treasures
In the last rays of Arctic sun before the long polar night NTV film crew finds out what vehicle – limousines or dog-drawn sledges – the people in the North prefer. What’s the price of the polar coal? Who is the boss at Spitsbergen – a human being or a polar bear? None goes out without a gun: five polar bears fall at each resident of the island. It is the only area in Russia, which is integrated with European Community by coincidence. A Russian citizen does not need visa to enter Norway. How to comply with Norwegian law?
06.11.2003
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In the last rays of Arctic sun before the long polar night NTV film crew finds out what vehicle – limousines or dog-drawn sledges – the people in the North...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 201 (204) The Seamy Side of Lakes
It never leaves untouched. It makes one come back. Heavenly nature, fascinating dances, endless shows. Thailand is meant for relaxation. Sinking into the tourist nirvana, very few would realise that there’s still much to be discovered and dangerous adventures are still possible.
12.11.2003
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It never leaves untouched. It makes one come back. Heavenly nature, fascinating dances, endless shows. Thailand is meant for relaxation. Sinking into...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 202 (205) Comrade Count
They’ve known each other for many years, but they’ve never seen each other. They only spoke with each other over the telephone. He calls her “sister” and expects her to visit him for many years. Pan Mikhal is a hereditary count, a representative of an ancient Polish family.
13.11.2003
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They’ve known each other for many years, but they’ve never seen each other. They only spoke with each other over the telephone. He calls her “sister”...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 203 (206) Primal Instinct
Hunting – is it a hobby of wealthy people or the only means of survival in distant villages in taiga? Some pay thousands of dollars for a week long safari in Africa, others get 50 roubles for a fur of a squirrel which they got from Siberian forests. Two worlds of hunting – for the sake of trophies in the World Records Book and in order to provide meat for the winter.What brings people to confrontation with the wild nature? Is it high level of adrenalin or a chance to feed the family?
20.11.2003
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Hunting – is it a hobby of wealthy people or the only means of survival in distant villages in taiga? Some pay thousands of dollars for a week long safari...
Profession: reporter / ¹204 (207) Parley!
The world is so simple – one either wins or loses. The amount is not relevant. It’s not the money, but the sense that values in gambling. The heroes of the programme are Gamblers. That’s what they call themselves. Ordinary people united by game. They could give much for this passion. What is the world of gambling like? Is it possible to gamble and never lose? What is passion – a sin or a benefit for mankind? There are hundreds of answers to these questions. We found out the only true one.
27.11.2003
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The world is so simple – one either wins or loses. The amount is not relevant. It’s not the money, but the sense that values in gambling. The heroes...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 206 (209) VIP-Children
They are called the “golden youth” in an old-fashioned manner. Children of the rich and famous. They are often rich and famous themselves, but it’s even more often that they pay for publicity of their parents by their own non-publicity. The “new Russian” childhood. Education abroad, VIP-parties in the capital, boutiques and dachas in prestigious neighbourhoods. It’s only in Russia that “golden” shines so brightly. Immodest charm of young urban bourgeoisie and a village named after Lenin in Ulyanovsky region where the local “golden youth” does not fall behind Moscow residents. Two Russias in Boris Korchevnikov’s film.
11.12.2003
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They are called the “golden youth” in an old-fashioned manner. Children of the rich and famous. They are often rich and famous themselves, but it’s even...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 207 (210) My Best-Loved... Auto
We dream of them at night… Love them with all our hearts… Give them presents… We give them names and put our trust in them… We stopped taking autos for luxury, but still haven’t begun treating them just as means of transport. For some people, the car is the best friend, for others – a way to emphasize their individuality and stand out against the crowd, for some the car is a challenge. Tuning in the Russian manner, absurd and merciless. It cannot be completed and by far cannot be stopped. How to make a Porsche out of a Zaporozhets? What happens when a Mercedes motor is installed in a Lada? Why should one turn an auto into a wheeled concert hall?Life and unusual hobbies of Russian car-lovers are presented in the essay “My Best-Loved…Car” by Yevgeny Sandro.
18.12.2003
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We dream of them at night… Love them with all our hearts… Give them presents… We give them names and put our trust in them… We stopped taking autos for...
Profession: reporter / ¹ 209 (212) Iron Ladies
Modern women have changed. Where are gentleness, femininity and weakness? What makes them buy armaments, take courses in self-defense and be prepared to face off any offender? What is it – emancipation? Or, is it because they know too well what can happen to a lady walking alone in the night?
08.03.2004
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Modern women have changed. Where are gentleness, femininity and weakness? What makes them buy armaments, take courses in self-defense and be prepared...
Profession: reporter / ¹213 (216) A Tour Round the World for Three
Why do people go for a tour round the World? For some, the tour is a game, for others – an exam, for the thirds – a desire of getting to know something new. Ships, like parents, are not chosen. Similarly, one doesn’t choose the people he goes with. Most likely, you will never see many of them after the trip. It is interesting to observe sea games — with keeping the watch, rush jobs and looking forward to the shore. Indeed, one hundred and sixty persons who are young and not too young passed forty thousand marine miles on the training sailing-ship “Nadezhda”. From Vladivostok to Vladivostok. Their tour round the World started in different ways. Nobody realized the length of the route. After a few months, an internal sense of time and living standards change...
29.08.2004
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Why do people go for a tour round the World? For some, the tour is a game, for others – an exam, for the thirds – a desire of getting to know something...
Profession: reporter / ¹214 (217) Caucasian Captive
One new tank is made there out of three captured tanks, which were shot down. They live in mine fields and think that a Russian passport is an assurance in the case of war. There are no slackers there; each man keeps a subgun under his bed. The water of a mountain hydroelectric power station is in the hands of Georgians, but the cutout switch is in the hands of Abkhazians. This is only possible in Abkhazia. NTV correspondent flies on a battle-plane, takes part in the pursuit of an ape-man and goes for an expedition to the Saint Mountain in hope to find the engine of Alexander the II. Secrets of the unrecognized small republic.
02.10.2004
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One new tank is made there out of three captured tanks, which were shot down. They live in mine fields and think that a Russian passport is an assurance...
Profession: reporter / ¹216 (219) Russian Quadrille
Beauty is a tremendous strength. It is in demand. Some raises money on it: buys, invests in it, exports and derives profit. American fiancés and professional merchants of beauty chase Russian girls. Flesh goods are brought to the hammer abroad or to the beds of oligarchs. What is the destiny of provincial beauties? How is business made on “elite contacts”? Where does the endless Russian quadrille in which ladies ask men for a dance, lead?
16.10.2004
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Beauty is a tremendous strength. It is in demand. Some raises money on it: buys, invests in it, exports and derives profit. American fiancés and...
Profession: reporter / ¹217 (220) A Different Family
A classic morning of a conservative average European family: a cup of coffee and sandwiches, a housewife who lays the table, a fourteen-year-old daughter who hurries to school. And the head of the family is in the center of this morning fuss. And, suppose that there are two or three wives instead of just one: one pours out coffee, the other prepares daughter to school; the third irons a suit for the householder. Or, there is a young man who butters a sandwich for the householder and kisses his ear instead of a good-looking wife. And, what if there is a girl as the householder, and a young lady irons her a business suit so that she looks presentable? Is it a drivel? No, these are our contemporary realities. Watch in the programme: an exclusive interview with a lesbian couple bringing up a two-year-old child, a story about how a man built up a friendly family with a lawful wife and a lover, and a woman who manages two husbands at the same time. The unique fates of people are in the regular episode of the “Profession: Reporter” programme.
23.10.2004
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A classic morning of a conservative average European family: a cup of coffee and sandwiches, a housewife who lays the table, a fourteen-year-old daughter...
Profession: reporter / ¹219 (222) Study Chinese
On the map, China seems to embrace Eastern Russia, but many are sure – it wants to strangle it. For us, all Chinese are as like as two peas, but we, also, are as carbon-paper copies for them. They adopt Russian names, begin as unskilled workers, and in a few years they have a full-fledged business. The Chinese so act not only in Russia, but throughout the world as well. The Russians go to China as to a supermarket. The Chinese come here to work and give birth to metis-babies of Russian women. Ilia Zimin spends a day in the metis-city of Vladivostok: he works as a member of a shock brigade of Chinese builders, eats chicken soup and potatoes together with all of them and, in the evening, goes to a Chinese restaurant to help a Chinese cook make sweet-and-sharp kidney beans and meat. But, having understood that it is honorable to be a foreigner in China, Ilia Zimin steals along to the territory of China without a visa in order to work for some time in the first legal show of transvestites. In China, he gets a speaking role in a remake of the film “And Dawns Here Are Quiet”. He goes home already by the new Shanghai express at the speed of 432 kilometers per hour.
06.11.2004
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On the map, China seems to embrace Eastern Russia, but many are sure – it wants to strangle it. For us, all Chinese are as like as two peas, but we, also...
Profession: reporter / ¹222 (225) Peculiarities of National Selection
The latest news from the Ukraine. NTV correspondents Ilia Zimin and Vadim Takmenev found themselves on both sides of the barricades. Exclusive interviews with Victor Yushchenko, Victor Yanukovich and their supporters – in a special issue of the “Profession: Reporter” programme.
27.11.2004
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The latest news from the Ukraine. NTV correspondents Ilia Zimin and Vadim Takmenev found themselves on both sides of the barricades. Exclusive interviews...
Profession: reporter / ¹225 (228) Camps of Happiness
Illegal immigrants are a great problem for the government of Norway. There are also our fellow-countrymen among the immigrants; most of them live in refugee camps. Who are these people, where did they come from and what do they expect? What humiliations have they to suffer and what do they sacrifice in order to stay in a strange land forever? The target of the film is to show the real living conditions in the camps, the fates of the illegal immigrants and what measures are taken by the Norwegian migration service to improve this situation.
18.12.2004
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Illegal immigrants are a great problem for the government of Norway. There are also our fellow-countrymen among the immigrants; most of them live in refugee...
Profession: reporter / ¹228 (231) Public Enemies
There can become one nation less in Russia. The Turks–Meskhetians leave Krasnodar region, and whole families of them emigrate to the USA. Native Cossacks hounded them out of Kuban area. The Turks are urged to sell their houses, and their children are sent to study in special forms – “only for Turks”. In America, the Turks settle as normal people: citizenship status, job and free English courses. Vadim Takmenev did the entire journey with the first wave of refugees from a Cossack village to the American State of Oregon. The first words in a strange language and the first contact with an unknown reality. The documentary evidence of massacres and the chronicle of new life according to the laws of the American dream.
22.01.2005
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There can become one nation less in Russia. The Turks–Meskhetians leave Krasnodar region, and whole families of them emigrate to the USA. Native Cossacks...
Profession: reporter / ¹231 (234) Slaves of Love
What happens when the first earliest profession meets the second earliest profession? The reporter Alexander Zinenko goes to streets with social workers, who resolved to help street prostitutes in St. Petersburg. These are psychologists, gynecologists and volunteers who hand out syringes and condoms.There were no militia raids or “semi-criminal” footage shot by hidden cameras in the film. The characters of the film: street prostitutes, their family and beloved ones speak openly and sincerely about their life.
12.02.2005
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What happens when the first earliest profession meets the second earliest profession? The reporter Alexander Zinenko goes to streets with social workers...
Profession: reporter / ¹237 (239) Where does Childhood Go?
The Russians are scared of adopting children, while foreigners queue to adopt a child.Abandoned children of alcoholics are adopted by prosperous Americans. The new name of Artur, a child from a children’s home from Vladikavkas, is William Daniel Grade. Masha Durakova now has an aristocratic name Anna-Maria Duosan.However, new parents turn to be murderers sometimes. Six year old Victor starved to death in a small pump room. They are scared to go to strangers’ families, however, it is the last chance for the majority of orphans to survive.
19.03.2005
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The Russians are scared of adopting children, while foreigners queue to adopt a child.Abandoned children of alcoholics are adopted by prosperous Americans...
Profession: reporter / ¹241 (244) Kids
The ghost children of megapolises. They hide in holes and adults can’t force them out of there. Every day they go out hunting in order to earn money for an injection. They never grow up as they die of AIDS or overdose.
09.04.2005
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The ghost children of megapolises. They hide in holes and adults can’t force them out of there. Every day they go out hunting in order to earn money...
Profession: reporter / ¹243 (246) Dazzling Life
Russia is the county of blind. One out of fifty Russians is visually handicapped. How do the invisible people see the world? How can one live “to the touch” and fall in love following the odor? The blind star Diana Guretskaya leads Vadim Takmenev to the kingdom of shadows.
23.04.2005
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Russia is the county of blind. One out of fifty Russians is visually handicapped. How do the invisible people see the world? How can one live “to the...
Profession: reporter / ¹246 (249) Electric Shock
The day of doom in Moscow: “dead” metro and suffocating passengers; car accidents and deenergized hospitals. Who has tortured the capital with electric shock?
28.05.2005
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The day of doom in Moscow: “dead” metro and suffocating passengers; car accidents and deenergized hospitals. Who has tortured the capital with electric...
Profession: reporter / ¹249 (252) To Reach a Star
Star hunters. They chase celebrities, make a dead set at them and terrorize their families. Unprincipled paparazzi and aggressive fans. Fierce security and high fences cannot stop them. Why did somebody want to put a knife into Vitas and who scares Alsu?
18.06.2005
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Star hunters. They chase celebrities, make a dead set at them and terrorize their families. Unprincipled paparazzi and aggressive fans. Fierce security...
Profession: reporter / ¹250 (253) Lolita and a Baby
Their childhood hardly eve starts. Preteen mothers of the age of six years and a little older. Why would they need toys if they have living ones? Why do they bear: to avoid murder or to spite their parents?We witness a children’s sexual revolution in Russia, which is provoked by adults!
25.06.2005
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Their childhood hardly eve starts. Preteen mothers of the age of six years and a little older. Why would they need toys if they have living ones? Why...
Profession: reporter / ¹256 (259) At a Death Speed
Ruthless war on the roads of Russia. Driven mad with traffic jams, drivers take up arms. Having a bat in a car is as common as having a tire inflator or a first-aid kit. Severe fights between Russian drivers and confessions of organizers of road fraudulent accidents. Who chases celebrities’ cars and their owners?
08.10.2005
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Ruthless war on the roads of Russia. Driven mad with traffic jams, drivers take up arms. Having a bat in a car is as common as having a tire inflator...
Profession: reporter / ¹258 (261) Southern Central
Each eighth citizen of Moscow comes from the Caucasus. Does friendship between the people strengthen when Southern neighbours settle next door? Why does Nadezhda Babkina start singing in Armenian? Why does a Russian boy undergo circumcision? The capital existing under the laws of mountains.
22.10.2005
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Each eighth citizen of Moscow comes from the Caucasus. Does friendship between the people strengthen when Southern neighbours settle next door? Why does...
Profession: reporter / ¹259 (262) Children Against Parents
They can whip their mum with a belt for disobedience and take their dad to militia. Juvenility wins in the conflict between fathers and sons. One can’t choose a parent, but he can put a contract for murder, throw them out of his house or simply kill them. The children, who have forgotten the meaning of the words: “Honour thy Father and thy Mother”.
29.10.2005
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They can whip their mum with a belt for disobedience and take their dad to militia. Juvenility wins in the conflict between fathers and sons. One can’t...
Profession: reporter / ¹260 (263) Lessons of French
Europe is on fire. Unrests in Arab suburbs wouldn’t settle down for the second week. Who are they – the firebugs of beautiful life? Why do the French authorities fail to suppress the riot?Reporter Andrey Loshak insinuated himself into the confidence of street fighters and observed the Arab riots from inside.
12.11.2005
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Europe is on fire. Unrests in Arab suburbs wouldn’t settle down for the second week. Who are they – the firebugs of beautiful life? Why do the French...
Profession: reporter / ¹261 (264) Invitation to Slavery
Servants of stars and maids of millionaires. Their profession is to fulfill any wish of their prosperous and famous masters. How does the personal life of elite servants work out? Confessions of Alla Pugacheva’s maid and everyday life of Boris Moiseev’s housekeeper. Why did the maid sentence the “Fair Nanny” Anastasia Zavorotnyuk to death? How are the servants watched after in prosperous houses?
19.11.2005
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Servants of stars and maids of millionaires. Their profession is to fulfill any wish of their prosperous and famous masters. How does the personal life...
Profession: reporter / ¹262 (265) Little Stars
Little stars of sport, cinema and advertisement. They are children though they live according to the cruel laws of adults. How to win a title and avoid disability? How to remain a child when there are tours instead of classes, and producers instead of friends? Tragic fates of the newcomers of show business and the children who earned fame thus fulfilling their parents’ dream.
26.11.2005
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Little stars of sport, cinema and advertisement. They are children though they live according to the cruel laws of adults. How to win a title and avoid...
Profession: reporter / ¹264 (267) Changing the Sex
These people were born with a “wrong” body. To correct the error of nature they changed their sex. How do the Russian transsexuals live? Why did a former militiaman become a woman? How do people in their forties have the heart to change their sex? How do their children take the fact that their “dads” turn into “mums”? Damnation of the family, revenge of colleagues, forced prostitution – the truth about transsexuals in Russia.
10.12.2005
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These people were born with a “wrong” body. To correct the error of nature they changed their sex. How do the Russian transsexuals live? Why did a former...
Profession: reporter / ¹266 (269) Stop! The Shot Is Made!
Russian celebrities don’t find embarrassing to demonstrate their bodies. Prominent musicians, actors and even comics can easily take their clothes off and exhibit themselves to their fans. Why do stars undress in the shot so easily? How are “bedroom scenes” shot? Where do they take parts of bodies of other people from “for rent” for erotic scenes?
24.12.2005
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Russian celebrities don’t find embarrassing to demonstrate their bodies. Prominent musicians, actors and even comics can easily take their clothes off...
Profession: reporter / ¹267 (270) Code of Silence
They say no words, but they have their own country – the land of the deaf. They hear with their eyes and they pray with gestures. One can become an entertainment star or a kingpin. Who rules the mysterious and mighty mafia of the deaf? Fear, hatred and love – the whole life on the finger tips in the film “The Code of Silence”.
21.01.2006
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They say no words, but they have their own country – the land of the deaf. They hear with their eyes and they pray with gestures. One can become an entertainment...
Profession: reporter / ¹268 (271) Lady-Killers
They promise love till the end of their days. Instead, they take away money, cars and flats. What are new Russian gigolos like? How much is being a star’s gigolo? How do deceived women revenge on their unfaithful seducers? Love for advance payment in Alexander Zinenko film “Lady-Killers”
28.01.2006
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They promise love till the end of their days. Instead, they take away money, cars and flats. What are new Russian gigolos like? How much is being a...
Profession: reporter / ¹269 (272) Jackpot, the Ripper
Russia has played out totally. They put even their own life at stake. They lose the game to a machine, and take it out on humans. As blood is infected with the gambling virus and the stake is higher than one’s own life, and the life of beloved ones – is it still possible to abdicate alive?
04.02.2006
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Russia has played out totally. They put even their own life at stake. They lose the game to a machine, and take it out on humans. As blood is infected...
Profession: reporter / ¹270 (273) Russian Wild Fowl
People who are always in pursuit. Some kill for living, the others – for fancy living. Elite African safari and peculiarities of national hunting. What is the entertainment of local authorities in reservation parks? Who orders hunting for a man? Hunting by rules and by one’s own laws in the film “Russian Wild Fowl”.
11.02.2006
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People who are always in pursuit. Some kill for living, the others – for fancy living. Elite African safari and peculiarities of national hunting. What...
Profession: reporter / ¹271 (274) ) Where the Stars Fall
The yesterday heroes. They had 5 minutes of fame and a long life afterwards. Some time ago deputy Marychev outshined Zhirinovsky, while now he hardly remembers his own name. Cruel attempt against life and poverty of the famous TV presenter Mishina. Why does the singer Olga Zarubina now work in a provincial American hospital?
18.02.2006
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The yesterday heroes. They had 5 minutes of fame and a long life afterwards. Some time ago deputy Marychev outshined Zhirinovsky, while now he hardly...
Profession: reporter / ¹274 (277) The Return of Foreign Tourism
The Hermitage and the Kremlin are out of consideration!!!These tourists come to Russia to drink blood, get their foot in military facilities and mock at the mysterious Russian soul.They come to Russia in search of love affairs. Young girls for old moneybags and gay nights!
18.03.2006
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The Hermitage and the Kremlin are out of consideration!!!These tourists come to Russia to drink blood, get their foot in military facilities and mock at...
Profession: reporter / ¹275 (278) Bitter Ice
Russian stars of figure skating. The rest of the world is delighted at them, however, what is the cost of their victories? Obtrusive admirers, envy of rivals, revenge of competitors, and alcoholic oblivion after the nationwide glory. Why do Russian coaches go West? How do former cult figures earn for their living? And, how to melt the heart of an ice queen?
25.03.2006
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Russian stars of figure skating. The rest of the world is delighted at them, however, what is the cost of their victories? Obtrusive admirers, envy of...
Profession: reporter / ¹276 (279) Mum – It’s Me!
Russian men joined the battle for parental rights. Single mothers tend to be replaced by single fathers. Why did napkins, pigtails and lullabies turn into a men’s work? What lessons does Mr. Nanny teach?
01.04.2006
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Russian men joined the battle for parental rights. Single mothers tend to be replaced by single fathers. Why did napkins, pigtails and lullabies turn...
Profession: reporter / ¹277 (280) Cash Psychosis
Splendor and misery of consumer boom in Russia.A dinner for 500 Euro and a watch for 30 thousand dollar worth for the rich. Underworld markets of expired products and living on loan for the poor. Who will teach the Russians to live up to their income? And why do businessmen in America choose food from dumps on their own free will?
08.04.2006
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Splendor and misery of consumer boom in Russia.A dinner for 500 Euro and a watch for 30 thousand dollar worth for the rich. Underworld markets of expired...
Profession: reporter / ¹278 (281) Dangerous Tour
They demand a presidential suite and a limousine waiting for them at the landing, however, they often get a room with bedbugs without meals. What drives people’s artists mad on their tours? What does unrestrained drinking lead to?And who accompanies Toto Kutugno during his summer evenings in Moscow?
15.04.2006
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They demand a presidential suite and a limousine waiting for them at the landing, however, they often get a room with bedbugs without meals. What drives...
Profession: reporter / ¹279 (282) Hello, I Am Your Mother-In-Law!
They would follow their much-beloved sons-in-law even to hard labor in exile. They receive only black ingratitude and salt stories instead. Unusual stories about mothers-in-law. How do they win husbands away from their own daughters? And how do they revenge upon sons-in-law that offend them?
22.04.2006
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They would follow their much-beloved sons-in-law even to hard labor in exile. They receive only black ingratitude and salt stories instead. Unusual stories...
Profession: reporter / ¹282 (285) Commune Fiction
When next door to you is a “zoo”, your neighbours are a 24-hours brothel, when it’s impossible to find rest and fall asleep even in the bathroom, then a person confronts his neighbours with a hidden camera or militia or with his bare hands. Their life is a never-ending combat, however, if deadly enemies live next door to each other they will always find common ground.
27.05.2006
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When next door to you is a “zoo”, your neighbours are a 24-hours brothel, when it’s impossible to find rest and fall asleep even in the bathroom, then...
Profession: reporter / ¹283 (286) Third Sex
They are the victims of an old tradition: they are deprived of their masculine virtues and are forced to prostitute. They are castaways. How do the so-called “third sex people” live? Is it easy to be an intersexual in the woods of Mordovia? Whom to love if you are neither a boy nor a girl?
03.06.2006
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They are the victims of an old tradition: they are deprived of their masculine virtues and are forced to prostitute. They are castaways. How do the so-called...
Profession: reporter / ¹284 (287) The Star Children
They woke the country up in the morning and starred in films. The star children. The ringing voices of the time and hero-pioneers. The launch of the film “The Youth of the Universe”. Why did Rodion Gazmanov leave the stage for business? What happened with the first love of Petrov and Vasechkin?
10.06.2006
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They woke the country up in the morning and starred in films. The star children. The ringing voices of the time and hero-pioneers. The launch of the...
Profession: reporter / ¹285 (288) Field News
Russia is kicked out, however, the work over the victory is already launched in the rear. Football fever of the World Championship. What skills should the most expensive football player have? Who earns more – the wife, a singer, or the husband, a halfback? What are the Russian Brazilians Vagner and Jo capable of? Secret arms of football superpower.
17.06.2006
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Russia is kicked out, however, the work over the victory is already launched in the rear. Football fever of the World Championship. What skills should...
Profession: reporter / ¹286 (289) Psychic Attack
If the work is a lunatic asylum and no medicine can help – special service physicians tackle the problem! When patients are ready to assault. When any operation can end with a special operation. How to get to the inside of those whose mind is inside out?
24.06.2006
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If the work is a lunatic asylum and no medicine can help – special service physicians tackle the problem! When patients are ready to assault. When any...
Profession: reporter / ¹288 (291) Siamese Twins
They are studied as guinea pigs; millions are earned on them. Siamese twins. Their fate is to live with each other and die together.How not to become the third one out, when the other twin gets married… Two hearts confined in one body and loneliness together.
16.09.2006
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They are studied as guinea pigs; millions are earned on them. Siamese twins. Their fate is to live with each other and die together.How not to become...
Profession: reporter / ¹289 (292) Kindred Blood
They were interchanged in the maternity hospital and given away to a different family: was it a medical blunder or an illegal adoption business? If a mother turns out to be a stepmother and a father – a cruel blackmailer… Even stars are not safe from baby forgery. How to learn whose children we raise? How to find the family, from which one was parted in his childhood?
23.09.2006
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They were interchanged in the maternity hospital and given away to a different family: was it a medical blunder or an illegal adoption business? If a...
Profession: reporter / ¹290 (293) Whipping Boy
They have a common secret – a fight club. In each town. Under reliable protection. Ultimate fighting in the underground and illegal fights against vagabonds. Why are they under a ban in America, but are easily accessed even by schoolchildren in Russia?
30.09.2006
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They have a common secret – a fight club. In each town. Under reliable protection. Ultimate fighting in the underground and illegal fights against vagabonds...
Profession: reporter / ¹293 (296) Shots Are Of Importance
He revenged his offenders as the film character played by Mikhail Ulyanov, and she changed her sex after watching sufferings of Jessica Lange. Sometimes movies can change life. Why is the actor Mikhail Kazantsev taken for a man no more? How do they hit the ceiling because of French films? The lonely businessman who saved his Pretty Woman from a brothel.
21.10.2006
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He revenged his offenders as the film character played by Mikhail Ulyanov, and she changed her sex after watching sufferings of Jessica Lange. Sometimes...
Profession: reporter / ¹294 (297) Life on Loan
If a dreadful diagnosis is a sentence. If life is on the waiting list. The last hope is someone’s death. Organ transplantation. Why is postmortem donorship prohibited in Russia now? Who derives benefit from the new “Doctors’ Case”? Death that saves. How to learn to breathe with someone else’s lung? How to start a new life with a transplanted heart?
28.10.2006
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If a dreadful diagnosis is a sentence. If life is on the waiting list. The last hope is someone’s death. Organ transplantation. Why is postmortem donorship...
Profession: reporter / ¹295 (298) Children of Corridors
Here they laugh at horror films and fall in love at first sight. They are sent here to be forgotten forever. Death in this house is a usual thing and those who have survived are not afraid to die. At 18 they will be placed into a home for elderly. How to escape if you are confined to a wheel chair? To become a famous sportsman? And to write all the truth about this house?
11.11.2006
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Here they laugh at horror films and fall in love at first sight. They are sent here to be forgotten forever. Death in this house is a usual thing and those...
Profession: reporter / ¹296 (299) Stars in a Cage
The whole world knows these muzzles: they are capricious as real stars. Famous animals. Beasts’ life according to human laws. Why is Chika, the war hero, turning to a drunkard? Why have terrorists declare jehad to the dog Chen? And what did the talking cat Masy want to tell people? Profitable business, using relatives of the President’s labrador dog. And a movie star’s lonely decline of life. How has Cheeta chimpanzee manage to outlive Tarzan?
18.11.2006
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The whole world knows these muzzles: they are capricious as real stars. Famous animals. Beasts’ life according to human laws. Why is Chika, the war hero...
Profession: reporter / ¹297 (300) Million of Lacerations
Who wants to be a millionaire? Fortune hunters – lottery winners. How to get a king’s ransom and stay alive? Gangsters’ racket. Relatives’ envy and a commission to kill from the beloved wife. Why did the most popular with the people lady-millionaire die? And why did the underground millionaire become a complete broke?
25.11.2006
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Who wants to be a millionaire? Fortune hunters – lottery winners. How to get a king’s ransom and stay alive? Gangsters’ racket. Relatives’ envy and a commission...
Profession: reporter / ¹300 (303) Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Yulya dreamt to make up with her grandma, and died on her hands. Volodya wanted to appear on stage with Yury Galtsev, but died before they met. When each day is like the last day and one has a sacred dream – to meet a beautiful prince, to make friends with Father Frost and appear on stage. Let dreams come true!
16.12.2006
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Yulya dreamt to make up with her grandma, and died on her hands. Volodya wanted to appear on stage with Yury Galtsev, but died before they met. When...
Profession: reporter / ¹303 (306) Cruel Romance
She left her husband and children to marry the murderer, and he split up with his relatives to marry the handicapped. What can people do for the sake of love? How to give up happy life in Russia for a remote Arab village and forgive an unfaithful wife, who ran away to the murderer. Slaves of passion and love in Alexander Zinenko film “Cruel Romance”.
27.01.2007
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She left her husband and children to marry the murderer, and he split up with his relatives to marry the handicapped. What can people do for the sake...
Profession: reporter / ¹304 (307) Escape from Private Life
What can challengers do in order to qualify for a reality show? What do they have to go through? They know how to win the viewers’ affection at any cost and squeeze maximum benefit from 15 minutes of their fame. But how to learn to live, when the country is not watching you anymore? Life behind the glass and escape from reality.
03.02.2007
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What can challengers do in order to qualify for a reality show? What do they have to go through? They know how to win the viewers’ affection at any cost...
Profession: reporter / ¹305 (308) Born Handsome
Does a real macho need a pedicure master? Scars don’t make men more attractive anymore unless those are from a plastic surgery. Pursuit for beauty. Why do Russian men undergo surgeries? Peeling to a people’s actor and lifting to a politician. They are prepared to change their noses and depend on the surgeon completely for the sake of love and career. How to become handsome without others thinking “too much” and change one’s own fate having changed appearance.
10.02.2007
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Does a real macho need a pedicure master? Scars don’t make men more attractive anymore unless those are from a plastic surgery. Pursuit for beauty...
Profession: reporter / ¹306 (309) The Town Which Did Not Exist
How to take a nuclear object with friends-businessmen and buy a town all together with its citizens. Ghost towns. There’s nowhere to escape from there and it’s impossible to come back. What did Efim Shifrin leave at Kolyma and why did the pink flamingo leave the Extreme North. When your town has turned into a firing field and prowlers put your school on fire. How to survive if you are alone for hundreds of kilometers. Abandoned people in Ekaterina Gordeeva’s film “The Town Which Did Not Exist”.
17.02.2007
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How to take a nuclear object with friends-businessmen and buy a town all together with its citizens. Ghost towns. There’s nowhere to escape from there...
Profession: reporter / ¹307 (310) Pay-Off for Love
They looked for easy money, but they got them for a high cost. The backside of the first and the oldest profession – racket, cruel clients and slave labour in foreign brothels. When your own mother doesn’t want to see you and hides your own child from you. How to return to normal life?
03.03.2007
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They looked for easy money, but they got them for a high cost. The backside of the first and the oldest profession – racket, cruel clients and slave labour...
Profession: reporter / ¹308 (311) Plan of Escape
Fed up working for somebody else! They used to pump oil and manage banks, but one day they escaped from work! When money doesn’t make one happier any longer, and a tie is worse than a slip noose. Where do people escape to from office slavery? Downshifters: are they anchorites with a bank accounts or new Oblomovs? They go to the mountains, hide in monasteries or at the world’s end. Why is the author of the film “Boomer” hiding in India?
10.03.2007
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Fed up working for somebody else! They used to pump oil and manage banks, but one day they escaped from work! When money doesn’t make one happier any...
Profession: reporter / ¹311 (314) Good People
An oligarch, who is a stranger to Valera, bought him artificial arms, and a new life for Asya was delivered from Europe. Charity. Who lives according to the percepts of Yuri Detochkin these days? How do swindlers capitalize on the last hope of others? Faked funds and charity-swindlers. Who cheated in the name of the actress Chulpan Khamatova? How some make money on the misfortune of their own children? Bona fide deeds and abominable business.
31.03.2007
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An oligarch, who is a stranger to Valera, bought him artificial arms, and a new life for Asya was delivered from Europe. Charity. Who lives according...