The Siberian city of Khanty Mansiysk has become extremely rich thanks to oil. In some parts of Russia, villages are emptying because residents seek better prospects, like the ones happening in Khanty Mansiysk. Jelle visits such a village.
Original title: Siberische belofte
What’s left of communism? How big are the differences between the poor and the rich? What is the influence of corruption? Is Russia a “young democracy” (as former Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende previously said)?Is it a “sovereign democracy” (according to Putin) or a “fascist regime” (as read in The Economist)? Jelle Brandt Corstius is looking for the topics that rule the life of ordinary Russians in Russia.
Presented by: Jelle Brandt Corstius
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