Video: Grigory Pasko’s Real Russia

Last summer our tireless Russia correspondent Grigory Pasko made several long journeys across the vast regions of Russia on various journalism assignments with a video camera in tow. Pasko took advantage of the opportunity to speak with many ordinary working citizens about life, society, and politics in Putinist Russia. These uncensored voices provide a rarely seen look into everyday life in Russia’s regions that both the domestic and foreign media have shown no interest in covering. It is notable, Pasko told me earlier, that even as long ago as last summer, these truck drivers, construction workers, and mechanics already knew what the outcome would be of the upcoming presidential election – even half a year before Vladimir Putin officially anointed Dmitry Medevedev as his successor! Below is the first of several video interviews which shall be posted this week: