St. Petersburg’s Senate Square began to take shape during the first half of the 18th century. It received its name after the state institution of the Senate was moved here. This organ of state power — created under Peter the First in 1711 — had new life breathed into it centuries later when it came to be neighboured by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. As a judicial authority, this institution matches the historical spirit of the Senate. Moreover, the court is located in the building adjacent to the Senate on the English Embankment, a building which was once home to Countess Laval and the meeting place of the Petersburg intelligentsia at the beginning of the 19th century. RTG host Igor Maximenko admired the elegant interiors of these historic buildings and discovered just how the country’s judicial servants work.
They say that the Black Sea is home to creatures that look more like fairytale characters than things that could actually exist. Denis Golovko got to know one of these unique sea creatures – the garfish. In the resort city of Anapa the RTG TV host caught one of these fish known for its unusual appearance, ritual dances and green bones.
Mosfilm, one of the oldest film studios in Russia, was established in 1923 as a self-sufficient film-making “city”- a site where all parts of the movie production process could – and continue to - take place. RTG TV host Irina Pudova saw how things work on the other side of the screen. She found out just how many costumes are stored in the wardrobe department warehouses, what sounds you can get a bouquet of artificial flowers to make, whether or not the antique automobiles on display at the film studio museum actually work and what dreams the film directors have.