Heaven knows that the Russia Today media network dispenses its fair share of propaganda, but its You Tube channel often posts interesting documentaries. It has a 9-episode show on the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway, presenting an unvarnished look at the realities of running a railroad in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet. In Episode 6 (linked below), the crew prepares to leave Vladivostok. You can follow their shopping expeditions, including hunting for an iPad a stone’s throw from the Chinese border. Talk about globalization! Then the journey back to Moscow begins. The electrical system malfunctions, and the crew has to heat the train the old-fashioned way- shoveling coal into a furnace!