Dutch writer and tv-host Jelle Brandt Corstius travels from north to south, along Russia’s biggest river, the Wolga. A journey that carries us through cities such as Murmansk, Volgograd (former Stalingrad), Nizjni Novgorod. The series is brought from the Russian perspective and manages to highlight an unknown side of Russia. I researched the episodes about Dzerzhinsk and Volgograd. Dzerzhinsk is one of the most polluted cities of the world. The factories are causing a high degree of pollution and the average life expectancy is forty-two years. In Volgograd the episode is devoted entirely to the role of Russian women as mothers, wifes and workers.
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