Rivers of the World: the Volga

This entry is part of the series Rivers of the World
Beautiful Sviyazhsk island in the middle of the Volga, now a UNESCO site. From here Ivan the Terrible made preparations for the Russian conquest of the Volga and Kazan. (© Wikimedia Commons/Azmanova Natalia)

Rivers cradle the world’s earliest civilizations. Mythology and religion were born on their banks. They provide us with life-giving water. We eat of their bounty. Create power from their energy. Radio Netherlands tells the stories of some of these “arteries of the world”.
Say “Volga” and everyone thinks immediately of Russia. But over the centuries the Volga has been a crossroads of communication, culture and conquest for people from the four corners of the Eurasian continent. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, many of the people living along the Volga today are rediscovering their ancient roots and seeking a new identity. We focus on the middle Volga from Mari-el to Kazan and Ulyanovsk.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast in Euroquest May 16, 2003

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