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.


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.


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

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