The Low Season

40. Alexander (Saint Petersburg)

June 26, 2020

Today it's all about Alexander Shmidke! We catch up with him fresh from a trip to the tax office in Saint Petersburg - one of the few places in Russia you can visit without a visa. We're talking cruise tours, manual labour for the unemployed and why no one cares about the Second World War when the Hermitage is on offer.

Conversation from May 22nd 2020.

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Alexander's website.

The Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad.

Alexander's alternatives to the Hermitage: 1. The State Russian Museum and 2. The Museum of Political History of Russia.

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Music by Mark Schilders. Design by Chris Whyte, and Chris' non-profit charity project 'The Chariso Press'.

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