Apatite Mining Chemical Factory is known even far from the Kola peninsula. This enterprise has been providing with minerals the whole country for several decades that is in high demand in agriculture and heavy industry. The factory started only with a few tents and enthusiasm of scientists mineralogists who had found a large deposit of apatite ore in the Khibiny mountains. Today the Apatite is a real industrial giant, the work here is in process throughout the day underneath the earth and in the mountains. The presenter Andrey Ivanov went down to the underground mine and got evidence that even in the 21th century the hand labour may be important. He also visited concentrator factory where he learnt how lumps of rock is processed into fertilizer.
Modern-day life in St. Petersburg is no less interesting than the city’s rich history. Inside SPb’s classic, old interiors inhabitants of the 21st-century megopolis have created their own, new history, making the city even more appealing to its visitors. Here tourists not only hope to see the city’s main sights, but to feel — even if just for an instant — as if they live here. Ducking into a small café, buying a souvenir to remember the trip and taking photos in unusual places are all simple activities that help guests get a real feel for the city.
The town of Gatchina is home to one of the country residences of Russia’s emperors. The town’s picturesque lakes — surrounded by marble statues — and a magnificent palace reminiscent of a romantic castle from the Middle Ages all lend to the town’s unique and enchanting atmosphere. The residence’s dark secrets are kept out of sight in an underground passage — a source of shelter for the palace’s owner in case of danger. Who knows — perhaps the palace coup that put an end to Paul the First could have been avoided and history taken a different path if he had been in Gatchina instead of St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Castle. RTG TV presenter Alexander Uvarov took a trip to Gatchina where he had the chance to explore the rich history of this impressive residence.