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Adventures in Modern Russia

Peter Pomerantsev has gone where few producers dare tread: Russia. Throwing himself headlong into a world of bureaucracy, corruption and brutality, Peter accepted a job making documentaries for network TV in Moscow. During his journey, he found himself filming Golddigger academies, cults, gangsters turned national celebrities, women convicted for selling soap and biking gangs endorsed by the Kremlin. His incredible book Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, portrays modern day Russia as a world of immediate and ever-contradicting spectacles; a landscape of Kafkaesque incoherence where reality itself is daily being corroded.

Drawing on a series of vignettes from his time is Moscow, Peter explores the disjointed ideologies of this vast nation. Describing some of Moscow’s more infamous figures, he paints an atmosphere of ‘zero gravity’ where truth and reality are manipulated on an hourly basis.

 

Speaker Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev has gone where few producers dare tread: Russia. Throwing himself headlong into a world of bureaucracy, corruption and brutality, Peter accepted a job making documentaries for network TV in Moscow. During his journey, he found himself filming Golddigger academies, cults, gangsters turned national celebrities, women convicted for selling soap and biking gangs endorsed by the Kremlin. His incredible book Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, portrays modern day Russia as a world of immediate and ever-contradicting spectacles; a landscape of Kafkaesque incoherence where reality itself is daily being corroded.

Image credit – Leo Hornak