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Episode 2

The second leg of Simon Reeve's tour of modern-day Russia begins in Siberia and takes him to Russia's far south west and the majestic Caucasus Mountains.

The second leg of Simon Reeve's tour of modern-day Russia begins in Siberia and takes him to Russia's far south west and the majestic Caucasus Mountains.

From Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on Earth, Simon takes the Trans-Siberian Railway to the city of Krasnoyarsk, the scene of brutal violence in the 1990s, and now the location of a cafe paying homage to Vladimir Putin.

Simon is introduced to a Siberian community that worships a former traffic cop they believe to be the reincarnation of Christ. Along with a rare interview with the messiah himself, Simon meets some of the daughters of his followers being educated to become future brides of worthy men.

After encounters with Tuvan throat singers and Cossack street patrols, Simon visits Dagestan, a largely Muslim region that has been scarred by jihadist violence. He meets security forces who use highly trained dogs to tackle the terrorist threat, and villagers attempting to keep their ancient tightrope-walking traditions alive.

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59 minutes

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Mon 16 Jul 2018 19:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Reeve
Producer Freddie Martin
Director Freddie Martin
Series Producer Chris Mitchell
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall

Broadcasts

  • Thu 5 Oct 2017 21:00
  • Sun 8 Oct 2017 19:00
  • Wed 25 Oct 2017 02:05
  • Sun 8 Jul 2018 20:00
  • Mon 16 Jul 2018 19:00

Simon Reeve around the world

Simon Reeve around the world

Follow Simon as he explores the world and meets amazing people.