The mountainous resort of Dombay is located in the Karachaevo-Cherkessia Republic. Throughout the year this place serves as a major attraction for skiers, snowboarders, rock climbers, paragliders and those who simply enjoy taking unforgettable treks through the mountains and seeing the beauty nature has to offer. Dombay itself is situated in a clearing formed by three stunning gorges. Many hiking trails pass through the nearby Teberda Nature Reserve, which is home to 262 species of animals and 1200 species of plants. In anticipation of the first snow of the season, RTG TV host Denis Golovko took a ride around the mountains on an ATV and gave rock climbing a try.
Travelling around the northern part of the Komi Republic there are some routes which not only provide travellers with a scenic journey, but also share the great dramatic history that came with the acquisition of these lands. The railroad — which stretches beyond the Polar Circle — bridges, mines and cities were all built by prisoners during Stalin’s repressions. For many decades during the Soviet Union much of this dark history was kept a secret. Nowadays however this information is available with many objects of memorial tourism and the unique sights associated with the significant and tragic events which took place here in the mid-20th century already having been studied.
The Bryansk Forest Reserve, a small corner of untouched Russian wilderness, is home to thousand-year-old trees and many rare animal species. In the Bryansk Forest’s impenetrable thickets you can find birds believed by many to be almost mythological —- few people have seen black storks and ornithologists themselves consider a meeting with such feathered creatures to be one of great luck. In order to build their nests black storks chose the deepest and nearly impassable places. For mankind, reaching such places is no simple feat, and sometimes completely impossible. It is this quality which helps the Bryansk Forest to keep its many wild secrets. RTG TV presenter Igor Maximenko learned this for himself when he set out on a photo-safari to capture the elusive black stork on film in the wild thickets of the reserve.