tv Documentary RT September 16, 2013 11:29am-12:01pm EDT
pretty immediately people who write these articles draw comparisons to communist russia where people weren't allowed to grow their own food and let's not state all out it yes the revolutionary period in russia forced agriculture to change rapidly and often against the will of many of those involved and this did lead to starvation revolution isn't fun but what about after that while stalin and khrushchev gave out a lot of which are private summer houses where people garden and also there were markets in the soviet union where people could bring the food they grew to sell to see all these pictures behind me these are people in the soviet union selling food they produced privately and legally but there were some moments in soviet history when there were some taxes placed on the sale of your personal goods from your personal labor which according to russian website history of taxes was around ten percent whether you love or hate communism more than anything doesn't matter this half truth about shooting soviet gardeners burns like wildfire on the american side of the internet the real truth is that in fact when the u.s. government for ever reason in various forms clamps down on private gardens it isn't
the same as communism but it's actually technically worse than communism for the majority of its life span where you could guard it up as you like excluding the brutal revolutionary period but that's just my opinion. cape town south africa i can to make sure that if diesel electric research vessels use. the flag to show the rain pilot is aboard an officer with unrivaled knowledge of these waters he still has to ship out into the atlantic and then which.
this is the very last opportunity for several weeks to call home with a cell phone very soon will be far out of range the ship is setting sail for a inaccessible area if there's any kind of emergency they'll be no one to provide any kind of help. the russian ships sail south to the land of eternal ice and snow to antarctica. the first officer will now explain the code of conduct on board there are twenty three passengers aboard the i could make sure they're off and for some this is their first trip to the antarctic. but for one passenger it's become a familiar journey this is the twenty sixth time he's followed this route. back in one thousand nine hundred sixty four. trip we went. who was the first
time i felt so acutely just how far away. ten days and nights of ocean like. this is. as you can see this is nothing there. any other ships just icebergs. you have to look out for. no one to relay messages except. as a miles away now. it's now much. autumn winter in the southern hemisphere begins at the same time as the northern summer several times over the short summer season the academics will approach the coast of the most remote. final voyage of the year. almost
a year's worth of food and fuel to the ice stations and take away seasonal crews and aircraft. which. is a tanker or. a passenger ship. and an aircraft carrier. details navigational and operational plans are in place but autumn has arrived and no one can ever know just what to expect from antarctica. always comes up with surprises. you have to keep your eyes open because there's always something going wrong if it actually goes well for too long i start to worry there's no way antarctica will let you go on like that without incident it's unpredictable. bags containing polar clothing are stored in the freezer when the ship left some
petersburg four months ago the weather was rainy and damp most of the time if the banks were to get did they may rot in a warm hold to keep them in optimum condition the clothes are kept on ice until they need to get out of there your phrase the standard winter outfit consists of shoes. of the wind cheater. this one is for winter. the other one is a mid season coat. and this one's for special occasions the coats are much better this time for a look they also have a vest. way to turn around but did they listen to what we said no they didn't one of the straps to be crossed otherwise they slip off your back. where we were at the same comments every single year but it's not so often that they put things right. most of the passengers drive
a mechanics they'll usually go through about four sets of clothing in a year. is to deliver fuel to the most remote and hard to reach stations. is ok does it look fine of course it's ok for work not your wedding. of course it's a little loose it's almost twice the size of you the other drivers have been many times. the route to the station is the most challenging trip one thousand five hundred kilometers from the coast in summer temperatures can reach forty. but there. is a staggering minus eighty nine. this route will take about forty. the trucks can only move very slowly
they carry fuel tanks to the highest arctic station which is three and a half thousand meters above sea level but oxygen levels there equate to an altitude of five thousand meters anywhere else. mainframe. all those. factors huge groups that can seem strong can break and snap in freezing temperatures the most difficult part is the route itself seems endless ages just to cover about sixty. and that's actually going you can't do anything you can't make the time go faster speed up the process you just pray for the best and hope the truck will fail you want it to be over soon as possible you just want to be back home and. say you get back home and in time you start feeling
a strong desire. to work is difficult but the guys are great and you feel good once everything is done. even now i want to go as soon as i can. all that will come soon enough for now closes in on and talk to. the ocean appears very come on the bridge of a captain the navigation officer and two helmsmen crew changes on the way. the crew watches reinforced you have to be twice as vigilant the closer you get to antarctica. for. the region is still under explored and. very
long distances. you. these pictures are from nine hundred eighty seven they chronicle the maiden voyage of the academic field of the first diesel electric ice ship. first trip was good a really good one. remember we were in the captain's. having. yes i remember that clearly but we were having tea at the table was a. huge bang and the car fell off the table. spilled everywhere. it was a rock wasn't shown on the chart. everything was fine in the end when the rocks position was mapped.
it is. the one hundred eighty seven obstacle course. the ship literally went through a trial of fire and ice. it was about four pm during a tea break we had cabbage pies that day i still remember that and then it all happened. this missile. fire broke out in the engine room one of the pipes burst and fuel oil spill down on to the white hot money fold there was a huge fire even now i feel uncomfortable when i hear a fire alarm to change the settings on all our clocks back at home because i can't stand the noise of. the ship went through thick and thin it's the best ship in the whole antarctic gets the job done it's never failed
she's really an incredible ship. it's even written somewhere academic sure there if was the only ship in the world able to reach the north pole alone unaided by an ice breaker who would go to the polls quite often now but we still have a lot of respect for the arctic region it's a really harsh environment and there are nuclear icebreakers there antarctica is even worse besides we can't use nuclear icebreakers antarctica is much worse than the arctic region more severe this is my twenty six trip to antarctica and i've already been to the arctic twenty five times antarctica is much more interesting this trip is more fascinating and extensive it takes at least six months to get there the arctic region is like a relaxing walk. only takes about a month. in one thousand nine hundred five. once headed
for and talked to some of his plan was to be up to six months but in the end he was away for eleven. ship and set sail later than planned it was when the crew reached antarctica it cut through the ice close to the shoreline but they soon discovered that they were too close to crews reaction was well coordinated and fast. as always happens in the weather changed abruptly the ice around the ship stuck together and the vessel became trapped. imagine a sugar bowl. that's been emptied into a hollow there's tons of ice all over the place and the ships just not able to move we fought against it for many days trying to move out of there then the wind came up and the ice blocks started to shift to slightly so we were able to work our way
through the coastal ice belt a little it almost cracked the whole we tried to head for the open sea but it was already impassable by that time before my fit well with a. vet was when the crew realized they'd be spending winter aboard the ship there's no way to help a vessel that stuck in an ice trap and so the so must have to stay just where it was until spring their ship was weak in fact three times weaker than the academic field of this one that might just escape the ice but i'm not really sure. what a formidable field of has never been trapped in ice not even once it's very powerful and when circumstances get really difficult we can rely on it we believe its power will help and save us more. crew changeover in the engine room twenty two people are involved in here the crews .
. on you or. syria and the neighborhood is washington stumbles its way through the syrian crisis there are those who see this horrific conflict as a perfect opportunity to topple assad didn't move on to turn around at the same time iran in the us are said to engage in direct talks so what's ahead more conflict for the start of pragmatism compromise. unexplored antarctica what is it in this icy expanse that attracts the people who come here. now i only go to the doctor. and antarctica. a new generation of polar explorers is coming. we have a new group of specialists here now all of them are young how are they going to get along with each other and i don't know. who. i used to be
a bureaucrat. seriously. what adventures await in this mysterious land where do they live want to eat and what are they actually doing in antarctica. this is the media leave us so we leave the media. motions to. be visible the questions that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from. politic only on our team.
we haven't been able to. break through. here there were about four miles of. we were breaking it down. to come through. we can't cut through so much faster. now and last year we couldn't get through when it was just it was more than three meters deep then about a meter of snow on top of that they had no choice but. to the ice.
it's a long way from the russian. huge chunk. of the ocean. four out of ten fuel tanks were left. to conserve fuel for the whole. after that there wasn't although a few containers of spare parts and some snowmobiles were also lost. everyone is. told though the. closer to the program. sometimes. to. there we were unloading fuel when they started cracking so we have to. we will have to cut it a little it was an emergency and we had to get off quickly it was impossible to turn back because that was close by lots of things happening.
we had to wait half an hour at the station. was massive but it suddenly started cracking. the other way. the critical. pull back and. it turned out that the prague. was at its peak for ten days there was intense heavy snow visibility was practically. zero so we had to wait ten days until it finally stopped.
from a cracking ice book imagine. the ice cracks right after it it was terrifying. and the ship. as usual. close to the ship. moved. the waves came. it started swinging all the way out. i was doing something down in my cabin then all of a sudden i heard a huge noise out there i went to check it out it was the shore i. started
screaming get away. it was impossible. and the fuel tanks were empty the water was very close within just two meters so we had that aircraft up fast and get it onto the hatch cover thank god we did it and if it had gone the other way it would have caused a lot of trouble now we'll see what the north sky a station has in store for us all we need is waves the waves that caused all the trouble at the station may just help us here. and talk to has yet another surprise up its sleeve the sure didn't try the ship's insurance as well as the patience and resourcefulness of the crew for two full years. to head straight for the burial. stations fuel storage is just a few meters above the shore. it's the most convenient place to unload.
from here. to the. station. the weather is perfect and continues. nothing can be left until tomorrow because at any moment conditions might change suddenly and without warning. northern hemisphere this kind of wind would be called a hurricane but here it's just a regular storm extreme weather like this is common place in antarctica. as soon as their work was done a huge storm. with winds of up to thirty two meters per second. choice but to wait until. it may take a few days though. the main tasks have been completed.
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