Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia

Reggie Yates gets up close and personal with three very different communities in contemporary Russia. By living with them for a week, he explores what it’s like for young people living here, 24 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. In the first of three programmes revealing the extreme side of Russia, Reggie travels to Moscow to meet some of the country’s most dangerous people – the nationalists. With Putin flexing his muscles and squaring up to the West, Reggie arrives in the Russian capital only days before a march in which thousands of ultra-nationalists take to the streets in a show of strength and unity. Reggie immerses himself into a world where patriotism and loving your country is becoming the norm, one with very dangerous consequences.

He trains with knife-wielding far-right nationalists, talks to the young artists who idolise Putin, and confronts teenage neo-Nazis who believe that if you’re not white then you have no place in Russia. Reggie also meets the non-Russians who live in fear of persecution and hears horrific stories of those who have survived vicious racist attacks. And with the rise of the far right not just in Russia but across many other Western countries, including the UK, Reggie asks if this is what can happen when you love your country too much.

h/t Nightrider

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    A black hipster douchebag from London is going to go over real well with that crowd.

    • no4

      It is really quite gripping. I don’t remember watching a documentary before and sitting on the edge of my seat wondering if the “hero” will make it out alive.
      It reminds me of those stories you read of a lioness adopting an antelope calf.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        He’s getting ready to go to the rally or march.
        Obviously if he got killed the BBC would not be showing this, but I see what you mean.

        He’s in for a treat after a lifetime of getting his diverse butt kissed in London Towne.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          OK I finished it.
          My only observation is that the BBC wouldn’t / couldn’t / didn’t get into is just WHY are these immigrants hated so much.
          Any Russian will talk your ear off telling you why, so I can’t imagine that the subject never came up, while the camera was running, the entire time he was over there. I’d love to see the outtakes or what was left on the cutting room floor.

          If felt sorry for that African immigrant that got stabbed for his jacket (nobody should do that to anyone), but how about all of the Russians that were murdered, robbed, and/or raped and sold into foreign prostitution by other immigrants that looked a lot like him?
          No, there was no mention of that at all.

      • Shebel

        I was kind of hoping that the charade would have a very sad ending. That big red haired Russian guy had total self control—his eyes betrayed him—but he did a great job .

    • Justin St.Denis

      A bit rich, I agree entirely.

  • Who has time to watch 3 hours of this?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      “Art is long, life is short”

      • Justin St.Denis

        And Moscow is really not that cold – even in winter. Ottawa is far colder.

  • Shebel

    Geeze. Imagine people being proud of their Leader and their Country.

  • Shebel

    I am only half way through -but is there any chance that Russia and Canada could form a Northern Nation ? I kinda like these Ruskies.

  • Brett_McS

    Does he get away from Moscow? Russian and Moscow are two different things.

    • Shebel

      Unfortunately .

  • Shebel

    His last paragraph said it ALL.
    He was one arrogant prick. Russia ain’t Canada.
    Why don’t just sue us all for reparations ?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      He would if he could. He want’s too, but if he can’t make your money his people’s money, he will be content with wrecking our societies.
      Pull up that presenter’s bio. He hasn’t worked a hard day in his life. He started off as a child actor when he was 8, and yet he still think you still “owe him”.

      • Shebel

        That sarcastic expression on his face when he knows that he is totally aggravating people —-Amazing how brave people are when they know the Media is filming.
        There is a better word than sarcastic—I just can’t think of it.

        What I do know for sure— Is that this asshole managed to make it worse for immigrants in Russia—especially Black skinned ones.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          He could care less about that, he’ll never see them again. Maybe that would help his ratings would be what he thought, if he thought about them at all.
          All of the people that do these things (BBC presenters that help shape the narrative) are delusional sociopaths.
          He’d drop babies into a wood chipper if it brought him adulation, money and confused women.

          • Shebel

            I might not go so far as delusional sociopath but this guy gives me the creeps and I doubt that he would have a problem shredding dear old Granny, if it furthered his career.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            So he’s ‘just’ a psychopath then.
            I’ll wait for episode II before I check the “delusional” box on him, but I bet I won’t have to wait long.

          • Shebel

            I always had a problem when it comes to sociopath and psychopath. I don’t see much difference.
            How can you tell?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Easy.
            My friends are mostly psychopaths, but fun at a party.
            Sociopath are only concerned with themselves, and make poor friends, that may, or may not, be fun at a party.

            In seriousness, they are both non-precise and obsolete clinical terms that don’t really have much concrete meaning in modern psychiatry as they are both too loosey-goosey in the real world.

          • no4

            “Gay and Under Attack” BBC 3 21:00 BST 20/04/15
            Expect lots of man love moments

          • Shebel

            When Canada has the dubious pleasure of his documentary skill — It will be “Natives Under Attack” .

          • no4

            He has previously solved all of South Africa’s problems, so you could well be next on the list.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMFvWUNIPQ8

        • Justin St.Denis

          Is the word you are looking for “condescending” or “superior” or “arrogant”? They all fit this turd to a “T”.

  • Mal

    “Reggie asks if this is what can happen when you love your country too much.”
    As if he is anybody worth listening to in the first place.
    Just another mediocre “thinker” lifted by the BBC far beyond his actual abilities; not on merit, but on skin colour. Delivering his mighty offerings with the complacency one has come to expect from this sort.
    I didn’t last three minutes.

    • Justin St.Denis

      It was indeed vomit-inducing.

  • John

    I think that Russian women are the most beautiful on earth. There,s something familiar yet very exotic about them. I’ve heard, though, that unlike western women, they don’t last as long or age as well.

    • Maggat

      The aging thing—-not true.