Russia With Simon Reeve review – reindeer herders, endangered tigers … and spies

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Unwanted interest from the FSB turns dog mushing, ice-road trucking and a tour of yurts and into something meatier – Tinker Tailor Soldier Simon

Nice Simon Reeve is travelling across Russia. From east to west, like the sun, though that hardly makes an appearance above the horizon here in Kamchatka in early spring. Russia With Simon Reeve (BBC2) it’s called, though perhaps Russia With Simon Reeve and the FSB might have been a better title, the FSB being what used to be to be the KGB, of course. We’ll come to them.

But first a spot of glamping for Simon. He’s staying in a yurt – that’s glamping, isn’t it? Except that his reindeer herder hosts, Alexei and Galina, live here, forever, and it’s -30C outside. That’s not so glam, nor much of a holiday.

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