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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...
¹1 Jailhouse Molliere
The creative life of inmates of a prison in the Russian hinterland. In a labor camp, Molliere’s and Pushkin’s plays are being staged… Inmates have a male choir, and are engaged in painting and wood carving
16.10.98

¹2 The Mystery of "Quite Flows The Don"
For 70 years now, there have been disputes about the true author of the famous epic ‘Quite Flows The Don’. This report is a journalist’s investigation based on archive findings and opinions of various researchers and historians.
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¹3 The Unknown Revolution
An excursion into history: the events of the fall of 1917. The documents which indirectly evidence Germans subsidizing Russian Bolsheviks. New details which provide a new explanation of the cause and the consequences of the October coup
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

¹9 The Dead Water of Himalayas
A unique expedition to Himalayas in search of so-called ‘live’ and ‘dead’ water. Elena Masyuk was a participant of the expedition to the holy lake located 5000 feet high in Himalayas. The expedition was organized by the Russian ophthalmologist Ernst Muldashev...

¹10 Where Childhood Goes
A story about Novoskolsk juvenile correctional facility (Belgorod region) where young girls sentenced for robbery and murder serve their terms. Paradoxically, for many of them the days spent in the facility is the most vivid and even exciting period of...

¹11 Warriors Without War
The Magadan Special Police Force (OMON) in the Chechen war. Former soldiers and commanders meet at a sanatorium near Moscow four years after the war. Their recollections are accompanied with documentary shots taken in the battlefield and in hospitals...

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...

¹13 Crystal Cash
Underground crystal workshops in the town of Gus-Khrustalny. Constant change of heads of town’s law-enforcement bodies and absolute lack of control resulted in the monthly turnover of the town’s shadow ‘crystal’ business reaching as high as several million...

¹14 Emigration Fictitious, Forced
A view of the life of Russian emigres taken by famous French film director: about the Rejis Varnier film “East-West” featuring Catherine Deneuve and Russian stars: Oleg Menschikov, Sergey Bodrov, Tatiana Dogileva. And also the life of real “white” emigres...

¹15 The Last Vodka
The material is devoted to the forced assimilation of indigenous peoples conducted during the Soviet era. Since ancient times, Russian allies, tribes of Finns and Ugorians, Izhorians, Ingermanlandinans, Vodjas, had populated Russia’s north-eastern frontiers...

¹16 Devil’s Partners
A gang of murderers in the Yaroslav region violently killed people in order to sell their flats. The criminals hid under the cover of the officially registered public foundation ‘Partner’
18.02.99

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

¹18 Dirty’ Flats
Vorgasherskaya Coal Mine (town of Vorkuta). While miners go on strike over wage arrears the managers of the mine buy flats in Moscow.
04.03.99

¹19 Chernobyl. Tragedy and Business
The tragedy of Chernobyl. The contaminated zone has expanded by four thousand kilometers over the 10 years that passed since the catastrophe. Elena Masyuk describes the consequences of the accident and the present-day Chernobyl atomic power plant...

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...

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.
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¹22 Lenin from Poshekhoniya
A mock material taped to mark the Russia’s Day of Fun, April 1. The Peshekhon district of the Russian Black Soil Region. Types of local dwellers. Their professional occupations – felt-boots manufacture, cheese-making, salting and smoking fish caught in...

¹23 A trace of the Red S.L.O.N.
The history of the first Soviet concentration camp in the Solovki Isles, the so-called S.L.O.N. – the Solovki Special Purpose Camp. Terrifying recollections of former prisoners.
08.04.99

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...

¹25 On Parole
The homecoming of the former prefect of the Moscow municipal district Krylatskoye who was sentenced for bribery and freed on parole.
22.04.99

¹26 A Brick for the Idol
About relationship between stage performers and their fans (Ivanushki International, Hi-Fi, and Hands Up bands).
The state which overcomes the fans of various rock and pop bands can be called a momentary psychosis. After the death of one of the...

¹27 Oil and Blood
Illegal manufacture of oil products in Chechnya, the Northern Caucasus and the Russian South.

Underground oil refineries is the most popular and profitable business. The criminal gangs have their own people in law-enforcement bodies who...

¹28 The Unconquered Moon
In late 60s, the work on two lunar projects started in the Soviet Union: landing of an expedition on the planet’s surface and circling the Moon. Thinking that the dual lunar project was two times cheaper. the Soviet leadership hoped to leave the U.S...

¹29 Forgotten Slaves of the Reich
In Germany they were called Ostarbeiters. Five million Belorussians, Ukrainians, Russians were deported to the German rear during the Second World War. Now the survivors, who grew old already, pay frequent visits to various government establishments attempting...

¹30 Waiting for Chenghiz-Khan
¹31 The French Ownerless Property
The problem of preservation of Russian graves at the municipal cemetery in the French town of Saint Genevieve de Bois.
20.05.99

¹32 Destination – Kizhi
Occupation of Karelia by the Finns during the Second World War… Why didn’t Finnish flyer follow the order to bomb the ‘pearl’ of the Russian wooden architecture – the State Historical and Architectural and Ethnographic Reservation Museum Kizhi? Today...

¹33 Born Killer
Anatoly Onopriyenko, 52 victims, Ukraine, was sentenced to death. After the telecast of the program, the Supreme Court of Ukraine left the sentence in force. The report has plenty of philosophical ‘revelations’ by the bloodiest murderer of the post-war...

¹34 HIV Zone
HIV-infected prison inmates in the Kaliningrad region. The problem of their survival among ordinary prisoners. Social roots of getting infected with AIDS. The work of medics, psychologists, social services aimed at preventing the infection and assisting...

¹35 Jaws
Canine business is a business beyond the law. It’s a cruel, but sometimes altruistic, business. The next episode of the ‘Profession – Reporter’ program will concentrate on conducting illegal dog fights, the problems of growing and training fighter dogs...

¹36 Criminal Caviar
Illegal sturgeon caviar production.
Poachers in the Astrakhan region bring the entire breeds of fish to extinction. Formed in 1996, the Special Office for Protection of Fish due to the insufficiency of technical means cannot compete with gangsters’...

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...

¹38 Themis For Sale
An unprecedented case – economic crimes were committed by law-enforcers, bailiffs from Bryansk. Having illegally confiscated varios goods from small businessmen the “Themis Servants” sold them to their relatives and bosses right at the courthouse...

¹39 Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun – that is how the international competitions among invalids are called. The competitions take place each year in Alaska. Overcoming one’s self and one’s diseases, an opportunity to feel like a normal healthy person – that’s the moral outcome...

¹40 Resurrection of the “Shaman”
‘Shaman’ is the call sign of Top Sergeant Aleksei Klimov, who was mortally wounded and who was presumed dead by his relatives and friends. His girlfriend married a Chechen. But Aleksei survived in spite of having been literally buried. He survived, remained...

¹41 The Last Cornet
About Russian first wave emigres, the officers of the White Army who escaped from Bolsheviks (one of the heroes is 103 years old). (The hero of the program, the last cornet Nikolai Timchenko died on January 1, 2000).
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¹42 After 17
The economic crisis of August 17, 1998 in Russia. A year later. How the so-called middle class lived and survived during the year. The stories of several people: bankers, small businessman, entrepreneurs.
17.08.99

¹43 Hackers-in-Law
A new type of economic crime (which can soon develop into something else) in the field of computer information systems penetrated Russian reality. The story of hackers whose main objective is not cracking computer software
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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

¹45 Chasing Jolly Roger
In the past, the black pirate flag was called the Jolly Roger. The identification sign of present-day Norse whalers closely resembles that flag.
Despite the moratorium of the International Whale Fishing Commission, the Norse authorities are engaged...

¹46 Islands Under Attack
The Kuril Islands today. The problem of their possible surrender to Japan, different views of the impoverished population. The history and description of Islands’ natural resources, and the most important of them – the unique deposit of Rhenium, the rarest...

¹47 Taming The Abyss
About the participation of Russian yachtsmen, Fyodor Konyukhov and Viktor Yazykov, in the international regatta around the world. How to overcome oneself and stormy seas. Untamable Russian character.
24.09.99

¹48 Dagestan. Episodes of Undeclared War
Each of the four special correspondents who worked in Dagestan in August-September 1999 tells his own story of what he saw and lived through during the period of confrontation between the Russian Army and the Vakhabits.
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¹49 The Last Commune
In the Chinese province of Khenan there is the last commune with free accommodation, furniture, dishes, utilities, free food and premium meals for strict compliance with the list of ten items. Mao Tse-Tung’s ideas underlie the norms of conduct of commune’s...

¹50 The Magadan Magnet
In order to survive, sailors of Magadan, Ulyanovsk, Moscow and other Russian cities engage in crab-fishing in the Okhotskoye Sea. State-owned and private artels endure by their charters and can not imagine any other existence. All who had left came back...

¹51 “Black” Archaeologist
On Taman Peninsula, Krasnodar region, ‘black’ archaeologists illegally dig out precious ancient objects and ancient coins and then sell them at underground markets in Novorossiisk, Kerch, Krasnodar and Moscow.
22.10.99

¹52 Return of the “Red October”
NTV’s shooting crew were the first to set foot on board a Taifun submarine. Nuclear submarine commanders tell about their underpaid jobs and their responsibility for the terrible weapon which can destroy half a planet in several minutes.
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¹53 Return to Chechnya
The film consists of reports and personal recollections of special military correspondents who, one by one, covered the anti-terrorist operation of the Russian Army in Chechnya. The film includes the previously unshown episodes about military actions...

¹54 Moonwalkers
How the Soviet moon cars were created and how they passed into oblivion. One moon car was recently bought at Sotheby’s by the son of an American astronaut for US$ 68,000. Under the deal, he should personally carry away the bought item.
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¹55 Warden’s Dreams
A prison camp in Mordovia for those with life sentences. There are only the guards and the prisoners. Prison bars, iron cell doors – the guards see all this even in their dreams. New criminals arrive, and the sons of the guards take places of their fathers...

¹56 Life Among Graves
The Armenian town of Spitak was destroyed by the 1988 earthquake. The town crumbled within a minute, 4000 people were buried beneath the debris. The program describes the today’s life of the witnesses of the tragedy. After 11 years they still think the...

¹57 The Nuclear Firecracker
It happened on September 14, 1954, in the Orenburg region. A nuclear bomb, developed under the supervision of Igor Kurchatov, was exploded at the Totsk testing ground. Unique top secret footage from those days and recollections of survivors of the experiment...

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...

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

¹60 The Valve of Life and Death
It is not yet know how many people died as a result of transplants of heart valves made by MedInzh factory in Penza. The views of former and present factory managers, famous surgeons, Health Ministry officials and the investigator dealing with the claim...

¹61 The Frozen Bodies
The material was shot in the USA, Puerto-Rico, Saint-Petersburg and Kharkov. It is devoted to cryonics, the freezing of dead people who were promised full de-freezing and revival 50-100 years later. Excerpts from “Mr. McKinley’s Escape” were used in the...

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...

¹63 Women Wanted
Looking for work, women from Russia and CIS look through various newspaper ads offering ‘prestigious’ jobs abroad. The material shot in Greece tells about the fate of several women who found work in that country and managed to support their families back...

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...

¹65 The Convolution of Pleasure
The unique surgery performed by scientists from the Institute of Brain in Saint-Petersburg which makes a drug addict give up heroin. With the help of a hand drill, a foot pump and a cryoprobe they make the patient travel back in time, two, three or four...

¹66 The Secrets of SocTown
No map has this town on it. Deep forest has hidden it from curious eyes for 50 years, from the moment it was built. Every two years the town changes its name. For the first time the camera crew descended 400 meters to the biggest underground town and...

¹67 Pronchishchev’s Land
The settlement of Ust-Olenyok is literally the edge of the world. To the North of it there is only the Arctic Ocean. In 1735, Russian lieutenant Pronchishchev, a member of the Great Arctic Expedition, discovered and described the place. The program tells...

¹68 Resurrection of the “Shaman” - 2
The continuation of “Resurrection of the “Shaman” devoted to sergeant Alexei Klimov. Having lost sight during the Chechen war, he did not give up hoping to return to active service in the Armed Forces. And he did it. He finished the officers’ courses...

¹69 Place Under the Sun
There is a Rehabilitation Center in Cuba, near Havana, built for children – victims of Chernobyl. Tarara (that’s how the place is called) is a true sunlit paradise. But it’s not only the climate that heals. Children are constantly surrounded by kindness...

¹70 Harmonica player
The program by Vologda journalists. For 15 minutes the oldest man in the Russian North, V.A. Domashin, who saw a lot in his lifetime, sings and tells stories of the past and the present-day life of his native town Kadnikov, including the story of a bear...

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...

¹72 African Luck
Three years ago, Damacen Newbagabo, a Rwanda citizen, escaped from his country beleaguered with war to the Russian hinterland. All those three years the author of the program has watched over the life of the refugee who has to combine his work as an actor...

¹73 The Insulin War
Release and sale of poor quality medicines. Stories of people sick with diabetes who fell victims of impure Insulin. Careless manufacturers and medical officials are to blame.
27.04.00

¹74 Knocking on Heaven’s Door
The most known and risky dog race which took place in Alaska in March 2000. Among the participants was the only Russian citizen – the famous traveler Fyodor Konyukhov
01.05.00

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...

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...

¹77 Stalin’s Friend
The program describes air fights during the World War Two. The hero is the former fighter pilot Aleksandr Kotov. His plane was shot down four times by Geramns. The fourth time he was lucky to jump out of the burning plane. Kotov tells about his friendship...

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’...

¹79 Strange Motherland
They had lived in a strange Motherland for more than half a century. It’s long enough for the true Motherland to become a strange country. The return of the old Korean people from Sakhalin to South Korea is a joint Japanese-Korean project. The report...

¹80 Master and Antonina
Arctic. Less than 30 kilometers to Noerway. Antonina hitched a ride on a bus for herself and her five children. They went in the direction of the border. A journey to a safe place in the home of the Norwegian citizen Yukhan who had offered his help and...

¹81 The Brotherhood of Vissarion
A strange town called Tenement of Dawn is being built in Siberian taiga for the fifth year in a row. The town builders live to a different calendar. It is now the 40th year of the Era of Dawn because 40 years ago Vissarion was born. The ex-military man...

¹82 English Gardener
Once a year, British high society gather for the flower show in Chelsea in downtown London. A ‘vanity fair’ of British gardeners opens there for 5 days. A jury determines a winner who can become a millionaire afterwards since he will have orders for the...

¹83 Operation War Eagle
The report is devoted to the history of the first anti-aircraft artillery defense complex near Moscow built by gulag prisoners by Stalin’s personal order in early 50s. The builders tell their stories. Among the builders is Sergey Beria (son of Lavrenty...

¹84 Russian Skolts
It’s the history of life and struggle for the rights of Russian Skolts living in Norway. An Orthodox shrine has been standing in a village near Kirkines since the XVIIth Century. People who call themselves Russians or Skolts and consider themselves a...

¹85 Lost World
The film which was shot in various cities of Turkey and Greece tells a story of relations between Muslims and Christians (Turks, Greeks, Armenians) from the beginning of the Byzantine period, when the central part of Turkey called Cappadocia was an Orthodox...

¹86 (88) Stone of Survival
Stone of Survival is the Russian amber, with 95% of its deposits located in the Kaliningrad region.
The story describes how the amber dealers search for, and sell, large batches of amber in neighboring Poland. That’s what many people in the Kaliningrad...

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...

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...

¹89 (91) The Russian Fairy-Tales of Bolivia
They have old Russian names, and they still observe old Russian rites and traditions. Unlike other Old Believers’ colonies in America, where kids can barely speak any Russian, where people head for big cities and get dissolved amidst the natives, here...

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...

¹91 (93) Maternity Stones
The feature by Olga Nadtochey is an impressive vision of baby birth in the waters of the Black Sea, and an unbiased story about an unusual Moscow school named “The Treasure”. Spouses get trained under a special and contestable technique to prepare for...

¹92 (94) Voluntary Reservation
Who could ever think about 10 to 15 years ago that in central Europe, not far from Vyborg, in a Russian city close to the Finnish border, authentic Indian music would play, authentic Indian wigwams would be erected, and authentic Indians would dance their...

¹93 (95) Russian Torero
For luck did Roman Karpoukhin insert his dress shoulder straps into his waistcoat embroidered in gold. He wears this waistcoat and any other items of the attire that comprise the matador’s suit. Our fellow national – a ex ballet dance teacher, an ex-Captain...

¹94 (96) Pizza in the Tropics
21 days on the road, 1,600 kilometers, 16 teams. The last adventure of the 20th century and the twentieth Camel Trophy competition in the southern section of the Pacific ocean that has also turned to be the last one. In his report named “Pizza in the...

¹95 (97) The Greenland Diary
Dmitry Shparo has organized another extraordinary expedition to cross Greenland within 43 days. It took the team three years to implement this undertaking on the verge of human capacities. The training was organized in Northern Yakutiya and in Tiksi...

¹97 (99) A False Hallmark
Alongside legitimate jewelry manufacturing at Krasnoselsk Factory, illegitimate jewelry making also flourishes. Buyers prefer rings and earrings from underground craftsmen, as their products are cheap and look good. As a result, the state treasury strives...

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...

¹98 (100) The Non-Existent Republic
7 a.m. Koutlakskaya Bay not far from Soudak. The scenery resembling the outer space. Heaps of rubbish. The music is playing. This is the Black Sea beach where people dance and sleep.
In august 2000, young people from many ex-USSR constituent republics...

¹99 (101) The Waltz of Happiness
Sovereign Hoxha was building communism in tiny and poor Albania many years ago. He applied the Stalin dictatorship as a model. Enver Hoxha loved Stalin very much. And students who came to Russia from Albania to get their degree there, loved Soviet girls...

¹100 (102) A woman in prison
“…I live in my dreams, I see my daughter, I want embrace her or just to see her,” – a woman says. She is serving out her five-year sentence for murder in one of the 5th women’s prison in the Chuvash Republic. It is a particular prison. It is recognized...

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...

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...

¹103 (105) Earthly Paradise
Young, healthy and strong guys came to Germany from Siberia and Kazakhstan. They are ethnic Germans, but they speak Russian, drink vodka, go to Russian discos and get ready to join the Bundeswehr, the Germany Army. And those already enrolled tell about...

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...

¹105 (107) The Himalayas Underwater
5 200meters over the sea level. Two days of walking to the nearest habitation. Mysterious Himalayan lands are separated from the outer world by high and forbidding mountains. The legend says that this is the land where rigorous gods live, and inhabitants...

¹106 (108) Education in Taiga
The village of Sedelnikovo in Siberia lies within 300 kilometers of Omsk. It is surrounded by taiga and impassable swamps. About a third of local inhabitants have never traveled further than the area center and, thus, have never seen how people live...

¹107 (110) Area of Special Inattention
South-western districts of the Bryansk region. Some 15 years ago the Chernobyl cloud abundantly poured upon these districts. And since then the radiation level has been exceeding all possible limits. Nonetheless, the inhabitants still gather mushrooms...

¹108 (111) Ghost of Feminism
The ghost of feminism wanders about Europe and approaching the Russian borders. In Finland, very close to Russia, the president is a woman, the defense minister is a woman, the parliament speaker is also a woman. Having taken off their high heels, women...

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...

¹110 (113) Dombay Extreme
Downhill skiing is quite an expensive entertainment. However, the number of downhill skiing lovers is growing. Despite poor runs, dangerous lifts and soviet-era servicing, Dombay remains Russia’s most popular downhill skiing resort. It is not a vacation...

¹111 (114) Flood.
Special Report
Part 1 — People
Part 2 — Money
27.05.01

¹112 (115) Canyon of Witnesses
Mysterious Pankisi Gorge. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, people of Kisteti moved there to escape from the Caucasian War. Today, the gorge has once again become a refuge for those who are trying to run away from the present-day events in...

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...

¹114 (117) The Last Frontier. Awaiting Taliban.
Russian border guards and soldiers of the 201st division can easily watch the fights on the opposite bank of the Pyandzh river. Occasionally, shells and bullets reach the Russian territory. Are Talibans expected to invade the Middle Asia? Could this...

¹115 (118) A ticket to Titanic
Almost 90 years ago an unimaginable disaster killed hundreds of people in the Atlantic Ocean. Since then the mystery of Titanic’s sinking has been stirring up the minds of scientists, writes, cinematographers and journalists. TV Reporter, director and...

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...

¹117 (120) Jihad’s Zombie
A twenty-two-year-old Ruslan Abdullin stupefied by the pseudo-Islamism has no chances to survive. Being locked in the condemned cell, he does not understand well enough what has happened to him and where is now. Ruslan dreamt of becoming a shakhid...

¹118 (121) Pandsher’s Gifts
The Pandsher river, as well the entire Pandsher gorge itself, is the place of amazing events and amazing mishmash. Foreigners mistakenly believe that young Afghans can do nothing but shoot a Kalashnikov rifle. But in Pandsher things are different...

¹119 (122) Leaving to Return
The Tomsk nuclear submarine. People learnt about the existence of such subs after the wreck of one of them, Kursk. No country in the world can resist an attack launched just by one similar submarine of the ten subs left after the Kursk disaster...

¹120 (123) A Hero of Caucasian Origin
The program features a life of a 55-year-old construction engineer from Grozny, Mairbek Sadayev. To survive after a heavy wound, he decided to amputate part of his foot with the use of nibble shears. It became clear later, this unbelievable self-made...

¹121 (124) A Sword’s Edge or Visiting the Isle of Evil
Russia has a desert islet that no one is able to tame, as it kills anyone who decides staying a bit longer there. Nobody controls this land, since it gives short shrift to anyone who claims to own it. Sailors use to call it “hillock in the sea”, local...

¹122 (125) Don’t Love, Don’t Trust, Don’t Hope!
A small town of Ardatov in the Nizhny Novgorod region has gained a nationwide fame. Chief of the juvenile prison and a local priest decided to provide both moral and physical support to the most disdained caste of prisoners. They gathered the last of...

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...

¹124 (127) Celestial attraction
Once in four years, people made about sky gather in one place to prove to each other that they’re the best. For common people a parachute jump from a height of four thousand meters is feat per se. For parachute jumpers, it is just a job. Their first...

¹125 (128) Stone Family
In 1941 through 1943 over three hundred thousand orphans were evacuated form Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to Uzbekistan. During the war, there was only one orphanage in Uzbekistan which could not host thousands of evacuated kids. At that time, then First...

¹126 (129) Ten Years Later
The program features a story of two friends who served in one military unit. It happened, though, that a tragedy (a car accident) killed their friendship, and for nearly ten years Sergey and Yevgeny did not know anything about each other.
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¹127 (130) Big Stick
In fact, the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier looks more like a town. Over 5,500 people serve on that ship. Like in a big village, sailors always greet each other even though they do not know each other. The aircraft carrier looks like a 24-storeyed...

¹128 (131) Contrabasses
Contrabasses – this is how soldiers who serve in Chechnya on a contractual basis are dubbed. For half a year, the correspondent witnessed the life and service of the sapper squad in Grozny.
15.12.01

¹129 (132) Dogs of War
From the date of its founding at the end of the eighteenth century, the U.S. Marine Corps did not miss a single major war worldwide. “We the best onshore, offshore and in the air” – this is the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps. USMC is the elite troop...

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...

¹131 (134) Somebody else’s letters
These girls escaped prison because of their age. Wearing the same clothes, plain hair dresses, none of them actually resemble thieves, murderers, prostitutes, pimps or drug dealers. New joiners come to Pokrov’s special technical school No. 1 by a court...

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...

¹133 (136) Cold and Nobody’s
When viewed from the mainland, Antarctica looks like a huge lifeless icehouse without flora and scents. NTV’s filming crew went on a dangerous journey aboard the Academician Ioffe ship to see the real face of Antarctica.
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¹134 (137) In search of the Enemy
Reconnaissance and intelligence officers have always been ranked high. Others are ready to pay huge money for confidential information. Moreover, a new form of business has emerged. Its primary purpose is to sell confidential information, i.e. some...

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...

¹136 (139) A ghost of Antiglobalism
The term “anti-globalism” has been invented by journalists. The date and the place of birth of this term are well known – November 1999, the U.S. city of Seattle where a conference of the World Trade Organization was held. From that point forward, anti-globalists...

¹137 (140) Caravan
Arrival of armed Russians at Kabul shocked many. For nearly three days, Western journalists were talking about “Russia’s invasion in Afghanistan.” Once in a fortnight, truck caravans carrying foodstuffs and medicines arrive in Kabul from neighboring...

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...

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...

¹140 (143) Tested by Health Ministry?
The issue of fake medicines was first raised at the International Conference held in Geneva in 1982. From then on, European and American physicians and pharmacists started gathering information about such medicines. That was the first stage of the struggle...

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...

¹142 (145) A Rabbit and a Plumber
Just about ten year ago, beating of the pulse of a common Russian increased by 10 through 15 beats per minute, as he watched newscasts featuring another assassination or murder. Today, however, change of the pulsation of those regularly watch crime news...

¹143 (146) Stumbling Block
Disputes over and wars for Crimea date as far back as the land itself does. All nations, all religions have left their footprints on this peninsula. As a rule, ethnic and religion conflicts stem from social problems. The land of Crimea and the right...

¹144 (147) Snipers
During the first Chechen campaign, a position “sniper” was an absolute formality in the Russian army’s manning lists. Omitting special force units, the Russian Army snipers were poorly trained recruits with some of them having poor eyesight. Now, snipers...

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...

¹146 (149) Mad Races
In Russia, like anywhere else abroad, these races are called either “Drag Racing” or “Street Racing.” In a quarter mile race, a road racer should squeeze out everything out of his car to surpass his rival. Racers are impatiently waiting for many professional...

¹147 (150) No-Rules Fights
In each country, this wrestling has its own name. A Russian version thereof, called No-rules fights, is a sure PR move. Not many people know that in ancient Greece such fights were called “Pankration” which translated means “all powers.” The fourth...

¹148 (151) Children’s Special Task Unit
It is now fashionable to speak about patriotism, about reviving the traditions of the Russian Army. Military officers in a small town of Zhukovsky have undertaken the responsibility for bringing up the younger generations. In the Cascade center, boys...

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...

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...

¹151 (154) Between life and death
Intensive therapy brigade #10, a kind of a special task unit of doctors. They are called in the most grave circumstances when a patient has almost no chances to survive. After each call, the brigade contacts the controller who often gives them yet another...

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...

¹153 (156) Mystery of the Red Planet
It has become a widely recognized fact that none of the countries, including the world’s richest nations, can afford implementing a fantastically expensive Mars project. The International Mars Expedition is to be launched between 2005 and 2018. This...

¹ 154 (157) Horror Factory
The majority of people associate fire and blasts with the death and horror. Viewers are concerned about those movie characters who find themselves in a fiery trap. Everybody knows that a car which explodes during the film is driven a professional stunt...

¹ 155 (158) Death Harbor
Until recently, a Black Se coast near Sevastopol was a closed military area. On some map, local harbors were crosshatched as if those were the land, not the sea. Yet, during the WWII, many aircrafts and dozens of warships sank in those harbors. Many...

¹ 156 (159) Secrets of the FSB’s Special Laboratory
Firstly, the information about the FSB’s secret laboratory popped up in th mid-nineties, when classified documents were stolen from a military base not far from Moscow. A thief set a bomb to destroy evidence of the theft, but, fortunately, the police...

¹ 157 (160) A Perfect Soldier
The United States’ most prestigious military academy is located at West Point. This has been the Alma Mater of the U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and famous writer Edgar Alan Po. This program is an attention-grabbing story about peculiarities of training...

¹ 158 (161) Nord-Ost Hostages
This episode is devoted to the dramatic hostage-taking raid in a Moscow theater in October, 2002.
27.10.2002

¹ 159. (162) BASErs, or Sky Extreme
Extreme parachute jumps from skyscrapers, cliffs and the Ostankino TV tower by a group of common guys. One of the is a banking clerk, another is a doctor, many of them have families. What makes them risk their lives? What makes them dive into the abyss...

¹ 160. (163) Save Our Souls
A jet fighter is brought down over the enemy’s territory, but pilots manage to catapult. Nothing is known about their fate since then. A special squad flies to search for and rescue pilots of bagged aircrafts. The film features training sessions of...

¹ 161. (164) Model of a Superman
What drives these people? Can they earn their living by lying on the nails, swallowing swords or fire? How long did it take them to master all these stunts? Some of them are really strong from birth, others have strong will and enthusiasm. Some perform...

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...

¹ 163. (166) Death Vendors
Illegal market of arms. You can buy or sell there whatever you want. Is it easy to buy a gun or a triton block. The major buyers are gangsters. The major sellers are defense industry plants and military units. The weapons can fire at any time. The...

¹ 164. (167) Skull Hunters
Kaliningrad, formerly Koenigsberg, is an old city which keeps riches and mysteries of Teutonian knights. The World War II has only enriched Kaliningrad’s hidden treasures. Maybe, somewhere in the city’s caves and underground dungeons treasures of the...

¹ 165. (168) A Corridor Westward
In 2003, Lithuania is to introduce transit visas for Russian citizens going through the Lithuanian territory by train or by cars to or from Russia’s Kaliningrad region. According to Lithuanians, this measure is not a humiliation of Russian nationals...

¹ 166. (169) The Magic Wand
The language of musicians and conductors is a well-protected encryption cipher. The perception of music played by a band strongly depends on the way this cipher is deciphered. To let the music play, conductors use a simple method, i.e. a gesture. They...

¹ 167. (170) At the World’s End
During the Cold War, a special station to detect enemy warplanes was developed on Russia’s Commandor Islands. Nobody lived there at the time, except for military. They piled the ground, laid it with concrete, built barracks and a bunker. In case of...

¹ 168. (171) Survival Games
A group of professional stuntmen from Tula offer a “different reality” to their well-off clients. For money, you can play any role -- from a Mongol khan or a Medieval king to a gang leader. Those who seek extreme feelings prefer to be unaware when...

¹ 169 (172) ) Live Goods
At present, none can imagine that he or she has his or her own market value denominated in conventional units. In Russia’s southern regions, the sale of live goods has become a lucrative business. Russian soldiers are the cheapest goods on this slave...

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...

¹ 171 (174) Return from Abyss
The Egyptian town of Dahhab is a nearly European-style resort in the Middle East. Formerly, Dahhab was the Mecca of hippies. Now, it’s the place of resort for scuba divers from all over the world. Just a few kilometers of a nearly-Camel-Trophy journey...

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...

¹ 173 (176) Outrunning the Avalanche
The verge between free riding and common downhill skiing lies along the edge of the mountainside. Just one wrong step, and you can say “goodbye” to the due course of your life, easy “ups” and easy “downs.” Free riding is an entertainment for those who...

¹ 174 (177) In Search of Pirates’ Treasures
Whenever Cubans start talking about pirates’ treasures, this small island in the Caribbean Sea is one of the first to pop up in their memories. According to the legend, a Spanish pirate Diego Peres failed to grab his treasures from this island. Sand-covered...

¹ 175 (178) ) Airport
The program portrays the operation of Moscow’s Sheremetievo international airport.
10.03.2003

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...

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...

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...

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...

¹ 180 (183) Peculiar Features of Russian Criminal Investigation
Present-day private detectives are somewhat an average between those of Baker Street and those of Petrovka 38 [a reference to Moscow’s Criminal Investigation headquarters]. The majority of requests that people file with private detectives are illegal...

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...

¹ 182 (185) Faster than Waves
The English Channel, the south-western coast of England. A maxi-catamaran named The Scarlet Sails with a crew led by Fyodor Konyukhov is leaving high seas. Twelve men on board have only one objective -- that is to conquer the ocean.
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¹ 183 (186) Simply Maria
Rich men are crying, wild roses grow and Marias are suffering in the Televiso film studios. Annually, Mexico’s dream factory releases about fifteen soap operas. Normally, the period from the launch of the project to the first night does not exceed nine...

¹ 184 (187) Strange War
This is not program is not a chronicle of Iraq War Two. It is a story told by a person who eye-witnessed this war. It is a collapse of the customary views and myths about Iraq; tragic and sometimes funny facts and details left unnoticed by the majority...

¹ 185 (188) Museum Oligarchs
Solomon Guggenheim’s family empire comprises six museums and stretches from New York to Balboa. Guggenheim is suspected of involvement in the worldwide conspiracy and often dubbed Museum McDonalds. He is coming to Russia soon.
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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...

¹ 187 (190) Widows
“The split world.” This is how people living in Chechnya describe Russia’s breakaway republic. Tens of thousands widows on both sides of the frontline is a common outcome of any war. Those who fought against each other during the Chechen wars had graduated...

¹ 188 (191) Hunter of the Tangier Color
They slept on the ice of a lake in America... They jumped from the height of a 10-floor building in Africa… They learnt to surf in Australia… 500 km a day by off-roader, 10 km by mountain bike, 5 km by kayak. 100 thousand people desired to spend a...

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...

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...

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...

¹ 192 (195) Palestinian Gikhad
Rescue brigades, as Hamas gunmen call themselves, are getting ready for ‘gikhad’ in Gaza Strip, while Palestinian children are collecting portraits of shakhids. Terrorist acts, which bring a great number of victims, occur in Israel nearly every week...

¹ 193 (196) Politician by Request
They were constrained, inconspicuous, stumbling over their words. They are celebrities now. Who create public politicians? Anna Loshak’s film about miraculous transformations. The main character of the film is a businessman from Pskov. His only wish...

¹ 194 (197) Patriot Games
It is the year of 2139 in Viatka, the new visa regime is introduced in the Central Bunker, its currency and army are established. The air of cold war in the New Republic. Seventh century in Voronezh, the young citizens live in a tent camp. The schoolchildren...

¹ 195 (198) In Memory of the Riots
He could be killed while filming this footage. He saw hatred and simplicity, confidence and hesitations, determination and curiosity in the eyes of people. They were sincere. Episodes of the civil war in the Russian capital in October 1993, the war...

¹ 196 (199) A Ticket to the North Pole
Nobody conquers the North Pole any more. It is now within reach for anyone who can afford 10-20 thousand dollars – that is the price for a two-week trip on board of an atomic icebreaker. Big money can pay for a child’s dream and for unforgettable impressions...

¹ 197 (200) Assembly Line of Happiness
What happens behind the doors of the Civil Registry Office? Is it an assembly line manufacturing happiness or is it the ruin of hopes, a mark in passport or a run-away bride? Is private life of the Civil Registry Office employees successful? Has life...

¹ 198 (201) Theatre of Military Operation
The first Russian musical was the major event of the capital cultural life. The most popular performance in the city. One of the major tourist attractions. None of the viewers could expect that the theatre booking office sold tickets to a military...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

¹ 205 (208) The Return of Samurais
Japan is moving from the policy of self defence to the offensive. Politicians want to turn the post war “peace” article of the constitution, which prohibited Japan to maintain army. Nowadays there are 240 thousands of military men in Japan and its defence...

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”...

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...

¹ 208 (211) Over the Three Oceans
In 1803 the sailboats “Nadezhda” and “Neva” began the first around-the-world cruise in the history of Russian fleet. The captains Ivan Cruzenshtern and Yury Lisyansky headed the boats around the globe. The expedition lasted for three years. Two hundred...

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...

¹ 210 (213) Underwater Defile
Batten lights, camera flashes, video shooting and staring looks of viewers. This is routine environment for them. A professional model defiles along the podium and poses in front of cameras for hours on end as easily as she breathes. However, none...

¹211 (214) Sellers of Stars. Nikita Anisimov
They arrange club parties and guest tours of foreign “stars”. Their work involves an enormous risk: all their efforts can be at once crossed out by a political event, public opinion, weather or a “star’s” caprice… They are promoters. The show business...

¹212 (215) Champion of the Sky
This summer, the NTV film crew took part in climbing of Russian sportsmen to one of the most difficult tops of the planet – Amin-Brakk in Southern Pakistan. The purpose of this expedition was not only to climb the mountain, but also to perform a parachute...

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...

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...

¹215 (218) Begging For Mercy
Put to death, not to be granted pardon. What is pardon in Russia? Tsar’s mercy? Who and how seals the fates of prisoners? Who adjudges to re-live? Does pardon have a real alternative? How long will pardon be waited for, and is it worth asking for...

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...

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...

¹218 (221) Lost in the Ocean
This is an “inhabited island”. There are poor and prosperous districts here. An unprepared man can go mad after staying there for thirty days. The “inhabited island” prowls the world oceans and seas. Surgeries and flights of battle-planes – anything...

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...

¹220 (223) A Job of Giving Birth
How much does a baby cost? For whom is giving birth a job? And a well paid one. In many countries of the world, this project is prohibited for religious reasons. But, in Russia, everything is possible. For instance, to bear a baby and give birth...

¹221 (224) 109 Degrees Celsius
1.09 – a seizure of the school in Beslan. The most monstrous terrorist act in the history of our country. Now, Beslan is a measuring unit. 1.09 is the temperature from which we henceforth measure our life. Nothing like this happened to us in the past...

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:...

¹223 (226) Stand Still. Die. Rise Again
They lie almost motionless. They breathe like plants. Their hair and nails grow. They become adults and even grow old. A thin brink – between life and death. In this condition, one can lie for ages. Till his or her physical end. But, one day, he...

¹224 (227) Peninsula of Independence
The Crimea. In the past, it was a famous all-Russia health resort. Today, it turned into a hot point on the map of the Ukraine. The confrontation of political forces of this country led to aggravation of old conflicts. Russians, Ukrainians and Tatars...

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...

¹226 (229) Extramundanes Are Admitted
A Moscow realtor, a “Gazprom” employee, a Khabarovsk businessman and a Siberian married couple have neglected all their affairs and cover thousands of kilometers in order to get into the thick of Peruvian selva among Shipibo Indians and pass the sacred...

¹227 (230) Coast of the Dead
The monstrous tsunami in Asia is now compared with genesis flood. Virtually, it was a second world wave. Andrei Loshak witnessed the accident, which transformed the resort paradise to a huge cemetery. Together with rescue teams and relatives, he searched...

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...

¹229 (232) People’s Guard
After the terrible terrorist acts, the Russians hardly trust militia and special forces and enter into the “people’s guard”. They are not “voluntary citizen patrolmen” or “whistlers” as in the Soviet times. These are antiterrorism detachments. Daghestanians...

¹230 (233) The Virus of Death
Suicide in Russia is the fourth most frequent reason of death after road accidents. For some, suicide is the gesture of despair, for others – it is religion, for thirds it is simply a fashionable act. Suicide clubs are opened and special rescue services...

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...

¹232 (235) The Birth of a Maniac
Is it possible to read the thoughts of a maniac? Or cut down obsession by changing a rapist’s sex? How can one understand when a monster is born inside of a human mind?As a rule, serial maniacs and rapists get imprisoned after they become notorious...

¹233 (236) Our People in Hollywood
Hollywood conquers Russia, while as it turns out the Russians have conquered Hollywood long ago. Detailed investigation of the origin of American moviemakers will reveal that many have Russian routes.Ilya Popov created such visual effects for the film...

¹234 (237) Medicine Against Death
To be or not to be? This question is not for the rich Russians. Naturally, the answer is “to be”. Which is even better – “to be ever young”.Politicians and “stars” of show business rejuvenate with the help of stem cells injections (More often than...

¹235 Wives from Rublevskoe Shosse
Rublevskoe shosse is the country of those, who rule our country. It is the all-Russian reservation for politicians, oligarchs and luxury women. They have cooks, stylists, housemaids and hairdressers for their beloved pets. Famous painters paint portraits...

¹236 (238) Russian Folk Porno
All roads to this business go through “the streets”. The extreme life of the Russian porno actors: devastating shooting and unprotected sex. Most of the actors have families. Is it hard to carry out their marital duty after such work? Why men in porno...

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...

¹238 (240) Damned Days
The storm and the rush of opposition in Kirghizia. The rioters wearing ties and the horsemen of revolution. Drug kingpins, prostitutes and exhausted children. This episode is dedicated to the events in Kirghizia, as Asian crowds swept the mighty clan...

¹239 (241) Mechanical Orange
How much is the post of president? What is mighty Kuchma and his supporters afraid of? When will the witch-hunt start? What do the Ukrainians want to charge the singer Nikolai Baskov with? Why is Boris Berezovsky going to Kiev? Mysterious suicides...

¹240 (243) The Secret Life of the Pope
Stanislav Zmiy made shoes to the Pope all his life long. For Pan Sbignev, Johan Paul the Second will remain the boring Lelik who never let him cheat at exams. Vadim Takmenev found Pontific's friends and enemies in Poland. Ilya Zimin had to violate...

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.
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¹242 (245) The Masters of Others’ Fate
Seasonal aggravation in Russia. The single people hope to find a match. The family people are looking for an affair. Professionals come to help. They will teach to love motherland! Private parties for those who are interested, male hunters at Kremlin...

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...

¹244 (247) Body Parts
People-transformers. They undergo craniotomy and implant microchips in their bodies; horn their heads and pierce their faces. What makes a person transform himself beyond recognition? How far can one go from the image and likeness of God? Living assembly...

¹245 (248) Soak Wars
Exuberant feasts of the first decade of May are over. Hang-over and headache are left. Russians distrust doctors and search their own ways out of the booze. People in drink invent different methods: coding for death, birking the blue devils, medical...

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

¹247 (250) The Adventures of the Electronics
2005. People still govern the Earth but robots are already striving for power. The Japanese President is followed by his personal cyborg Asimo. Humanoids are created in nooks and corners of the Earth. They already understand human speech and can keep...

¹248 (251) Antichrist Superstar
They tease God by crucifying themselves, destroying icons and making bloody sacrifice. They can abuse the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit for their own glory. The scandalous writer Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), who told us about the mistress...

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...

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...

¹251 (254) Black September
Beslan, which is not customary to talk about. Life before and after the assault as seen by the most sincere witnesses – the children who were taken hostages. One of the principal characters of the film is the first-grader who entered into negotiations...

¹252 (255) American Utopia
The very first days after the disaster in New Orleans the reporter Vadim Takmenev burst his way into the flooded city through military cordons. He lived in the dying city for almost a week. He saw people plundering shops and capturing marauders. Unique...

¹253 (256) Trick or Treat
They have put the Hippocratic Oath out of their minds long ago. They no longer cure people “with purity and holiness”. We accept their exactions with the usual Russian obedience. No pay — no survival. Patients survive either for money or just...

¹254 (257) Indian Summer
When Russian women over the age of 30 fail to find love in Russia, they attack Arabian resorts. There are crowds of lovers there. Sex on the beach, personal footboys and Turkish bath. They look for free love. However, is it so easy to get into slavery...

¹255 (258) Underground People
Safe secret addresses instead of fashionable offices.Fights with police and with each other.Revolutionaries… and counterrevolutionaries!Training of street fighters and distribution of banned literature.Andrey Loshak followed a secret path of the Russian...

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...

¹257 (260) Thursday, 13th
Bloody dawn in Nalchik. They killed everyone who got in their way. Who stands behind the attack? Unknown details of the assault.
15.10.2005

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

¹263 (266) Magic Is Immortal
Spellbound and enchanted Russia. Magicians, fortunetellers and psychics promise health and prosperity, but take everything away. Whom can the deceived victims complain to? How do the clients revenge on the workmen of supernatural business? Shooting...

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?...

¹265 (268) Ordinary Fascism
The Great Patriotic War in the streets of Russian towns. Sixty years after the Victory the grandchildren of the war veterans are on different sides of barricades. They swear fealty to Hitler and can kill for idea. Their rivals form secret combat guards...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

¹272 (275) The Price of Unfaithfulness
When men are unfaithful, the deceived wives go out on the warpath: they trace their unfaithful husbands out and punish their rivals cruelly. However, there are those who can help conceal unfaithfulness. Agencies of false alibis: any lie for the sake...

¹273 (276) Dedicated to Ilya Zimin
Special episode dedicated to Ilya Zimin.
04.03.2006

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...

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...

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

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?...

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...

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...

¹280 (283) Heavenly Miracles
Miracles are around us. Our mind cannot explain them, however, our heart wants to believe. How to distinguish between grace and fraud, when blood comes out on the holy face of the Virgin and stigmata appear on the bodies of church people? Fatal prophecies...

¹281 (284) Back from Heavens
If a pilot is thrown outboard or an aircraft detonates in the air… Some teach to survive in crashes, while others try to overcome their fears… Is it possible to survive in a crash? What one feels having killed dozens of people?
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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...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

¹287 (290) Kyshtym Dwarf
He was given a simple name Alyoshenka. The mysterious foundling from a tiny town in Siberia.Some worship him as an alien. Others believe him to be the victim of an inhuman experiment. Who is the Kyshtym dwarf? Why do those, who saw him alive, die?...

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...

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...

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?...

¹291 (294) Londongrad
They have no problems with tax authorities and are not wanted by Scotland Yard. London as the reserve for Russian oligarchs. They bring the most precious here: assets, women and children. How do new Russian lords live? And why did the English nickname...

¹292 (295) Phantoms
They are neither alive nor dead. They are searched for in hospitals and mortuaries, and are found in sects and dens. What is hidden behind the official word “Missing”? Victims of kidnapping and those who tried to escape from themselves. Why was the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

¹298 (301) Made in the USSR
Only she knows what the first lady of America smells like and he is in charge of the Internet billions.New defectors. Why has the Russian Miss World become a Canadian? And why did the famous cartoonist escape from our crow to the Simpsons?Who hammers...

¹299 (302) Tough Guys
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...

¹301 (304) Turkmen Gambit
He ruled the country for 21 years. Cities and months of the year were named after him. Life and death of Turkmenbashi. How an ordinary communist became a “Living God”? What will happen with Turkmenistan without Niyazov and who will become an official...

¹302 (305) Saddam. Invitation to Execution
They got him by his throat and executed the sentence. What mysteries do the people who were close to him keep? His own daughter, the court singer, his prison guard, his tailor, who sewed the suit for execution and the woman who remained faithful to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

¹309 (312) The World Under the Thumb
She has become the terror of the Russian mafia and sent Slobodan Miloshevich to prison. Bin Laden offers dozens of millions for her head. Her rivals call her a “hawk in a females dress”, and now she is meant to be the president of America. And this...

¹310 (313) The Road to the Underground
They left for work in the morning, and returned home in coffins. The tragedy in Novokuznetsk. Why did the most advanced mine become the mine of death? What happened at the depth of 300 meters? Was it an explosion of methane? Sabotage? Or negligence?...

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?...

¹ 312 (315) SIGNS AND WONDERS (ANDREY LOSHAK)
We can easily witness signs and wonders. They are beyond any reasonable explanation, but the desire to believe in them is so deep in one’s heart. When you see the Holy Virgin’s face bleeding and scary signs appear on the parishioners’ bodies, how not...

¹313 (316) WORTHLESS KNOWLEDGE (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
They thought knowledge was power, but it is money that turns out to be powerful. Circumstances force the intellectuals to change their professions: to change a doctor gown for a stripper’s one, a school teachers council for a sex-shop counter. Servants...

¹314 (317) SPECIAL EDITION. WHO IS AFRAID OF VIRGINIA? (ANDREY LOSHAK)
A stranger among friends. His American dream turned into a national tragedy. Jealousy. Humiliations. Envy. The Korean student wrote in his last letter that he would take revenge. He took revenge indeed, using against the Americans the gun they had given...

¹ 315 (318) DREAMS CATCHERS (VADIM TAKMENYOV)
Once he decided to take a short rest and fell asleep for half a year. The lethargy. It falls on overnight. And there is no medical remedy against it. She fell asleep at the times of the USSR and overslept the Perestroika. They had been waiting for her...

¹ 316 (319) CIRCUS IN THE OPEN AIR (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
They balance over a gulf without any safety arrangement and juggle with their own children. Where do the wandering circus artists perform their stunts now? A toad-man, a pregnant cat-woman… How do they entertain the surfeited public today? Circus stars...

¹ 317 (320) TELL ME, CUCKOO (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
They give birth to give the baby up and condemn their kindred blood to sufferings. Cuckoo-mothers. Are they cold-blooded egoists or victims of their own mistakes? How come some see their own babies as a woe while for others someone else’s baby is a gift...

¹318 (321) GAMES FOR GROWN-UP CHILDREN (ANREY LOSHAK)
The office boredom makes them climb up a post and hit one another without mercy. When oil sales do not excite them any more, they head into the streets to become spies and contract killers. They wish they led a life of cartoon characters and never grew...

¹319 (322) MONEY FROM THE AIR (VADIM TAKMENYOV)
It’s enough to work for someone else! Money is right there under your feet. It is in the air. And it is in the Internet. National millionaires. How to grow rich without spending a kopek? How to find a buyer for the yesteryear snow and make a fortune by...

¹320 (323) RUSSO TURISTO (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
They have fun without borders and fight all night long during vacation. The Russians rest and do not surrender! How to enjoy oneself in the National Museum of Paris or hijack a water tram in Venice? A crushing defeat of the German vacationers. Why are...

¹321 (324) BRIDES FROM THE JUNGLES (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
When women are hunting just for the wallet, Russian men, dreaming of a big and pure love, fly to the edge of the world. A secret town of Russian brides in the wilderness of the Amazon River. Nice, hard working, young and not spoilt by the civilization...

¹322 (325) LIFE AGAINST THE RULES (ANDREY LOSHAK)
Their mother is anarchy, and father — a glass of port wine. They used to be kept in madhouses, and nowadays are called fighters against the system. Punks. How an eccentric vagary of one Englishman became a lifestyle of the whole generation. Ear piercing...

¹323 (326) ON THE LAST BREATH (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
His American dream ended in a single cell. A guy from Moscow was imprisoned just for a dangerous diagnosis. And he kept coughing up blood in a Russian prison. This disease spares nobody and spreads very quickly. Why have not they managed to fight down...

¹324 (327) LADIES OF FORTUNE (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
You cannot buy love, but you can lease yourself! New courtesans. Why do jet set ladies become demimondaines? Who are the Russian geishas? And what to do if the youth is over, money is gone, but true love has not come yet? Confessions of kept women of...

¹325 (328) THE MERCILESS (VADIM TAKMENYOV)
There is no death penalty in Russia any more, but pardon is granted very seldom. Petition for mercy. Who gets the authorities’ pardon? And what do the lucky do, on going at large? Vadim Takmenyov tried exchanging his freedom for a slavish life. 22.09...

¹326 (329) THE GREAT DEPRESSION (ANDREY LOSHAK)
feeling that can kill. They fight it with vodka and antidepressants… Some will get relieved but others will be pushed towards a suicide. Depression. When your office becomes the hell that you can neither stand nor leave any more and you hate the whole...

¹327 (330) ADRENALIN (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
You can find them between bear’s paws near Magadan or taking photos, embracing Afghan militants. What do they want to prove and to whom? Why did Safin, a famous tennis player, set off for mountains secretly? Climbing in full view of TV cameras and packrafting...

¹328 (331) REGION STARS (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
They breakdown the tours of metropolitan stars. Why should you pay a capricious star if your own is both cheaper and more familiar? A Volochkova from Ekaterinburg. From a trackwalker to a dancer. A pop diva from Nizhny Tagil. A Versace from Lugansk...

¹329 (332) YELLOW RUSH (ANDREY LOSHAK)
They will find you anywhere – at hospital, in your country house and even at home. Yellow press. It is accused of vulgarity but it goes on being read. Hunters for sensations. Are they stars’ enemies or partners? When your job is to keep an eye on the...

¹330 (333) SPECIAL EDITION. BLOWN UP ROUTE (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
They were afraid of being late for the first lesson, but death came quicker. It is about a young man who was late to save his friend and a young girl who shielded hers. 8 people were killed and 60 injured. Who exploded a bomb in the overcrowded buss?...

331 (334) TO FIND A FALL GUY (KATERINA GORDEEVA
Russia is looking for the guilty, but finds scapegoats. Who will be responsible for the burnt elderly? The only interview with the rest home director. An air-traffic controller’s mistake ruined dozens of lives. But it cost him his own life. What did...

332 (335) WHERE DO THEY TAKE CHILDHOOD (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
They can be under the mask of a teacher, coach and even one’s own father… They are ready to do anything to satisfy their evil desire and they know that the law will be merciful to them. Rise in pedophilia in Russia. Parents mad with grief lynch rapists...

333 (336) POSITIVE WORLD (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
He was the first man doomed to die of a mysterious virus, and she was afraid to give birth because of the terrible diagnosis but her child is in absolutely good health. Life which is stamped with “HIV”. When the disease is cureless, how to overcome people’s...

334 (337) AT A DEAD END (ANDREY LOSHAK)
They live where the rail tracks end: deprived of electricity, water and hope. When a railway stands for life but this lifeline is brought to scrap metal… What keeps them in this wilderness? A wood autonomy exists in the heart of Russia. 08.12.2007

335 (338) PARENTS HOME (ALEXANDER ZINENKO
If one failed to keep her husband, how to keep hold of some part of his salary? Hunting for alimony payers. Cars, pictures and a black horse as a payoff for love. How to find a runaway father? And do they become mothers, by paying alimony? What is the...

336 (339) AN ORDINARY MICARLE (KATERINA GORDEEVA AND VADIM TAKMENYOV)
When there is no one left to ask, they hope for a miracle and their wishes get fulfilled! Tamara from a children’s home wished to become a princess at the ball, and Natasha from an orphanage only wished to see her mother. How did happiness return to the...

337 (340) DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER (ANDREY LOSHAK)
Saddam Hussein is alive!.. As long as the famous cook of Kremlin leaders is alive and a famous village council chairman is ready to serve a new term! A king of pop, wearing warrant officer’s uniform, and a pawn who became a queen. Look-alikes. Some undergo...

¹338 (341) LITTLE MAMA (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
Is it easy to be 9 months pregnant at the age of 11? Minor mothers – from 6 years and older. Why play dolls when having a live toy? They give birth to children in order not to become killers and to annoy their parents. Who has provoked child sexual revolution...

¹339 (342) MINUTES OF FAME (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
She had a few seconds of live broadcast and a whole life afterwards. He was in the world news at the age of 7, and he is known under a stranger’s name even abroad. They reached hit parades from the middle of nowhere. How Lyudmila Kuzovatova’s earthly...

¹340 (343) DOWNLOAD MY LIFE (VADIM TAKMENYOV)
One can download his death from the Internet, and a fatality of one’s friends becomes the main “gag of the week”. What are so called Directors to Themselves ready for? This video may lead to prison or make famous without any money or avid producer. The...

¹341 (344) THE TIME OF CHE (ANDREY LOSHAK)
Communism is dead, but its specter is haunting right under America’s nose! A revolution with the smell of coca. How Maradona, the football player, became a supporter of the anti-globalization movement, and President Morales disposed the oligarchs. And...

¹342 (345) BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
There is a thin line between love and hate, one step into the abyss. He was smitten with love, and then burnt her in a fit of jealousy. She was doting on her children, but took their lives away. When best friends become enemies, and the wife is about...

¹343 (346) IF TOMORROW COMES (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
It has nothing to do with fairy tales by Shvarts, it is our future. To fly and not get stuck in traffic jams, live twice longer and never part with the dear people. Where did the oligarch Prokhorov invest his billions? What did the super star Salma Hayek...

¹344 (347) A DREAM IN CURRY SAUCE (VADIM TAKMENYOV)
“Love” rhymes with “blood” there, and the vipers cry bitterly! Super legends of the Indian cinema. Why did the Disco Dancer left for the jungles, and Seeta and Geeta for politics? The Factory of Tears that has overshadowed Hollywood. How can a Russian...

¹345 (348) HOW TO SPEND A MILLION (ANDREY LOSHAK)
His great-grandfather had the world get accustomed to eating hot-dogs, and the great-grandson gave money to the poor! The heirs of famous empires, why do they refuse to inherit their parents’ billions? What is the son of an oligarch, ice-cream producer...

¹346 (349) OLD MEN GO INTO BATTLE (ALEXANDER ZINENKO)
Who said that the old are out of place here? When pension and love are lacking and doctors advise to get used to the ground, the Russian elderly are going to battle! They get married in spite of rumors, hitchhike worldwide, give advice to American presidents...

¹347 (350) FATAL INHERITANCE (VADIM TAKMENYOV)
All her life she lived in poverty, but she became the heiress of a western business empire. He had inherited the manufacturer Demidov’s millions but he wasted them on friends and parties. Fights for an inheritance. When brothers fight against each other...

¹348 (351) NOT OUR BUSINESS (ANDREY LOSHAK)
He saw a dying child but passed by. The teacher, who had survived the terrible years of the blockade, froze to death in full view of indifferent passers-by. The virus of indifference is when they beat a girl, kidnap a child and kill an old man in front...

¹349 (352) BOILING POINT (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
She was a black sheep at school and she was made fun of. And he challenged the authorities of a whole city and ruined the offenders’ houses. When you are left alone in your war against injustice… What can do those who are driven to despair? How did the...

¹350 (353) ONE-SIDED GIVING
He rescued her from the very bottom and did not leave when she infected him with a fatal disease. And he had been dreaming of a young wife all his life and proved to be unwanted in his old age. How did a young pretty woman become a transnational business-empire...

¹351 (354) RUSSIAN EURO (KATERINA GORDEEVA)
Zenit. Hockey and even the Eurovision! Are we to be lucky at the Euro 2008? Katerina Gordeeva behind the scenes of the main battle. What is forbidden for our macho men until the match is over? What questions are likely to be asked in a common interview?...